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I want to begin by looking at human nature, and try to understand why we are the way we are, and why we do what we do. I will speak of our human nature, as if it were "out there",…
In this chapter I want to look at how you and I have added to the problem, by the sins we ourselves commit. Again, to understand this properly, it is important to keep in mind that, through no fault of…
So far I have been speaking about the human condition, as a result of original sin, and how we can make matters worse, by not facing up to accepting the way we are. We now turn our attention to how…
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…
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…
I am hoping that the material in these chapters will appeal to Christians of all denominations and ages. At this point, however, I wish to speak about sin within the Roman Catholic church. I will try to do so with…
Religion comes from the Latin word religare, and it literally means to be bound to a set of rules or obligations. It is basically external, in that it has to do with external practice. It is very important that I…
According to the story of creation, God took clay, and formed it into a particular shape, and then he breathed his spirit into it, and it became alive, and the first human was created. Now, I am not at all…
Heaven is a state of being, rather than some place to which we go. It is being in God, and living with him, and allowing him live in me. What makes heaven so mysterious is that we think of it…
I sometimes joke that it is difficult for God to become incarnate in Ireland, because we tend to push him back up into the sky, while we fill the void with saints, relics, and novenas, all supposed to help us…
I like to think there is some sort of logical progression in these chapters, as we move from considering our Christian calling, to our place within the church, and the place of the church within the plan of Jesus. Let…
I believe we are coming into a very exciting, but trying time for the church. The winds of change are blowing, and, I believe the church must listen, and have the courage, and trust in the Spirit, to be willing…
In the following two chapters, I will share some thoughts that I find useful in helping understand the Mass, and its place in the life of a community. I will also discuss some of the difficulties that people have shared…
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,…
There is a big difference between praying and saying prayers. I could teach a parrot to say a prayer, but I could never teach a parrot to pray. I can speak words, but the spirit in the words determines how…
While wanting to avoid getting too technical, I hope to share some ways of praying that you may find helpful. Remember that prayer is really what God is doing when I give him time and space. I remember training swimmers…
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…
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…
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.…
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…