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Pray As You Can

Pray As You Can

There are many ways to pray. Prayer is a relationship, and, like any relationship, it is enriched, is maintained, and grows in and through a variety of ways: doing things together, speaking, listening, being still together, physical/sacramental gestures – holding hands, kissing,… St Ignatius Loyola provides a lot of different ways of praying. In preparation… Continue Reading

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Undesigned Coincidences

Undesigned Coincidences

Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts Paperback – by Lydia McGrew I spotted this (newish) book in the public library and was intrigued by its concept. As its subtitle indicates, the book is looking for “undesigned coincidences” between the Gospels, and also between the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s… Continue Reading

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New Camaldoli Hermitage

New Camaldoli Hermitage

I am privileged to have made a retreat at New Camaldoli Hermitage – I went specially to the area to do so as part of a longer trip. And I am an Associate of New Zealand’s Cistercian monastery – Cistercian Associates try to live in a manner similar to Camaldolese oblates mentioned in this video.… Continue Reading

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Transubstantiation

Transubstantiation

This post continues from last week’s Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist. I suggest you read that post first. This post is part of a dialogue with other sites proposing “virtualism” as a new way forward, a “middle way” between real presence and receptionism. I contend that the Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements of… Continue Reading

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Jesus “the son of Mary” Mark 6:3

Jesus “the son of Mary” Mark 6:3

Last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mark 6:1-13) had many fascinating moments that caused us to think again. I want to pause with Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary Firstly, Mark never mentions Jesus’ father. Secondly, Luke 4:22 and Matthew 13:55 read “the son of Joseph” and “the son of the carpenter”.… Continue Reading

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Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist

Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist

The exact mechanism of Christ’s Presence (or not!) in the Eucharistic elements of consecrated bread and wine appears to me to be approached in a way that nothing else is. How is Christ present where you are now? How is Christ present when two or more are gathered in His Name? Exact mechanism please –… Continue Reading

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Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue

Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue

It felt like the whole world, whatever our differences, has been united around our shared hope that the children and their coach be rescued. I call the source of the shared unity, that shared energy, “God”. You use whatever term you feel more comfortable with. 17 days. Mission impossible. I was certainly conscious of them… Continue Reading

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