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The person who has died could be anywhere within the range of the still-born or the cot death to an aged grandmother, a spouse, a child, a friend . The death could have been unexpected, as with heart attack, accident,…
The whole story of salvation is based on human weakness. It is a story of God coming to meet us where we are, as we are. He could have loved us from a distance, but he decided to come among…
I did a video some years ago, called "Death, a Fact of Life". The opening shots were intended to grab attention. The first shot was a birth scene, where the baby was seen being born, and the cord was cut.…
In this chapter I would like to share with you some thoughts on a personal encounter, and experience of Jesus, as my personal Saviour. The gospels are in between two phrases: at the beginning "Come and see"; and at the…
God's plan of creation began in perfect harmony, and he saw that everything he created was good. As far as God is concerned that plan is still on offer, and what he creates and ordains continues to be good. The…
In this chapter, I hope to be as practical as I possibly can, and, hopefully more helpful in ensuring that we understand the place the Mass plays in the life of the Christian community. It is important to remember that,…
Coming before God in prayer is so much easier, once I recognise the reality of the situation. In other words, I am fully aware of how things actually are, and I have no desire to be anything or anybody other…
The Spirit is not given to the individual, but to those who are part of a believing community. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he brought the body he had with him. He sent the Spirit to 'complete his work on…
Think of the Trinity as a Triangle. The Father is at the top, with Jesus and the Spirit at either corner at the bottom. The sides of the triangle are like two arms stretching out to embrace us, and draw…
A source of some of our problems is a failure to make a clear distinction between God and ourselves. God made us in his image, but we run the risk of returning the compliment, and making God in our image!…
In this chapter, I have decided to write about hope, and I do so very deliberately. There are so many pressures in today's world, that it is becoming more and more difficult to hold your head, when all about you…
Some years ago, I travelled to Larne, in the north of Ireland, to say Mass for a Prayer Group. It was a dirty winter night, and, as soon as the Mass was over, I was anxious to get on the…
God is CONSTANT. In other words, He is the same yesterday, today, and always. A constant could be represented by a straight line. God is not a graph, moving from highs to lows on different dates, and on different occasions.…
Remember what I said about original sin involving believing a lie, and, therefore, coming under new management? How Adam and Eve hid, and that, in some ways, we are still hiding, as we find it particularly difficult to own up…
Imagine yourself standing against a wall, with both arms outstretched. You are on a cross, with one arm back trying to relive yesterday, called guilt, and the other trying to arrange to-morrow, called worry. This is where the Serenity Prayer…
Remember the raisins in the dough that we spoke about in the first chapter? Well there is one raisin, or human weakness, that we all share: we shall all one day die. As I said back then, Jesus took on…
During my years of teaching in second-levels schools, I taught Irish, English, Latin, and French. This involved a lot of essay-work, and journalism of different kinds. To instil a very important aspect of essay-writing, I spoke of a chicken drinking…
The road back to the Garden leads us into the eternal hug of the Father. The longest journey begins with the first step. The prize at the end of the road can be experienced within certain limitations during the journey…
Listen ............... Lord Jesus, I'm afraid, and fear is something that seems to be part of my life. I have all kinds of fears, from being scared of living to being afraid of dying. I want to tell you about…
Author's Note: This prayer can be used for any and every form of addiction, by replacing the word 'alcohol' with whatever word applies Listen ............... God, Higher Power, Power greater than myself, I cry out to you. I feel like…
Listen ............... Lord God, Father, Mother, please reach down and lift me out of this dark hole of depression. I am surrounded by darkness on every side, and I can see no way out of it. It is like a…
Listen ............... God, Father, Son, and Spirit, I feel very much alone at this moment. I feel like a tiny boat out in the middle of the ocean, without oars or a rudder. Oh, I know there are people who…
Listen ............... Lord Jesus, one of the things that always amazes me is how so many of the sick, in the Gospel stories, actually believed that you could, and would heal them. I know they may have heard of others…
Listen ............... Lord, you know me through and through. You know my every thought. You know my lonely moments, my quiet fears, my greatest guilt. You can read my heart like an open book. Because you can read my thoughts,…
I am going away, but I will come back to you. (John 14:28) When it came time for Jesus to return to the Father, the apostles were sad to see him go. He explained to them that it was necessary…
To be honest, I wrote this series because I wanted to clarify many things for myself. Another reason for writing was that friends requested that I do so. We are all familiar with the phrase "A life without reflection is…
Holy Spirit Interactive is very pleased to present the serialization of Fr. Jack McArdle's book "It's Me Again, Lord ...". Fr. Jack, for those who aren't familiar with the name, is a priest who works out of Dublin. He is…
My generation grew up on promises! I was making promises to God day and night, New Year's Day, Ash Wednesday, Annual Retreats, thunder storms, and every time an airplane went 'iffy' in the sky! I have now reached my 'free…
For many years now I have been endeavouring in my own tin-pot way to devolve some sort of new theological language for expressing concepts and truths that, in themselves, can be abtruse and abstract. In this book the process continues,…
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, while, at times, the road to heaven can be a minefield! "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, dressed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a…
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