All in a day's work... One of the things I've noticed as I've been pondering what direction we might explore in this coming term is that it is hard to let go of the desire for a tangible goal, or a clear path with encouraging milemarkers that let you know you are a) still heading … Continue reading The quotidian pilgrimage
The Resources Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Matthew 5:11-12 The final beatitude is worth pausing with … Continue reading because of me
A. J. Muste The Resources The penultimate beatitude gives us another turn of the jewel that is the heart to allow a fresh perspective and reflection on the shape and flavour of a life lived in the flow of grace: “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. … Continue reading There is no way to peace….
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God! The Resources Last time we reflected on Moses asking for the special favour of seeing God, and even as God granted it, Moses was told that it was a dangerous request. This time Jesus assures us that purity of heart is a safe path … Continue reading Being single
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. As I've been reflecting on the qualities of mercy and what I understand it means to be merciful I find myself returning again and again to the heart. The word 'mercy' in Latin is a two word mashup: Pity(or compassion)-heart. Each of the beatitudes points … Continue reading Misericordia
After all this talk of blessedness it is a bit late, perhaps, to consider what it means to be blessed - to be blessed by God and to bless each other - but since we will not be seeing each other for a while over the school holidays, I thought perhaps it might be good … Continue reading Blessed, blessing, bless you
“Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.” Mt 25:40 The Jesuit priest Jean-Pierre de Caussade wrote his small book " The Sacrament of the Present Moment" in the 18th century. In it he encourages us to read the 'book of life' as … Continue reading An appetite for justice