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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…
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 word 'Mystic' is defined as 'one who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain union with, or absorption into the Deity, or who believes in spiritual apprehension of truths beyond the understanding'. Among many others, St Padre Pio and…
Jesus came to do what he had to do, and, when that was finished, he returned to the Father. When he returned to the Father's side, he took his body with him, before sending his Spirit to complete his work…
It's very difficult to put into words what the Holy Spirit does in us, or how he works. However, I think it is important that we have some images of his action, and so, I am going to attempt to…
Those who know me, know me as a talker, as a weaver of words, a story-teller, and someone who never hesitates to stretch the imagination in attempts to grasp some simple basic truth. None of them would think of me…
Twice in the past week I met two grandmothers who were really worried because their grandchildren had not been baptised. This is a problem that neither of them could have foreseen or expected. To a certain extent they still live…
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.…
May I remind myself, and you, gentle reader, what I set out to do in this series. It is an attempt to take a close look at my own life, and discover what insights have helped me the most in…
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!…
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…
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…
We all have the Spirit of God within us; otherwise we would die, because God would recall his Spirit, and only the clay would remain. "Dust thou art, and onto dust thou shalt return." We have the Spirit, but the…
"Learn to live and to walk in the Spirit" St. Paul tells us. You have the Spirit; now let the Spirit have you. "Little children, there is a power within you that is greater than any evil power you will…
Living and walking in the Spirit is called the New Life. It is about being born again, and beginning life as completely transformed creatures. The cocoon is broken, the caterpillar is transformed, and a beautiful butterfly lands on your hand.…
In an earlier chapter I spoke about having to step out of the boat if you want to walk on water. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I grow in faith by practice, and that journey consists of constant decisions and regular…
As recently as last week I had a spin in an ambulance to the local hospital. I have had several such trips over the past few years, but, thankfully, the good Lord has something left for me to do. About…
Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. Some people settle for existing, and, when they die, you will need a doctor to certify that, because there hasn't been much life there at any time. You could write on their tomb-stones "Died…
George Burns, the comedian, lived to be a hundred, and it was wonderful that he was given such a gift, because he lived and laughed his way out to the very end. Towards the end of his life he said…
God waits for us to wait for him. "All good things come to us in God's own time" is a saying used by an older generation. Waiting is part of being poor. The poor are always waiting; waiting for a…
The only time that exists is now. Yesterday is gone, and will never return. I don't know what's coming next. It could be tomorrow, or it could be eternity; I don't know which will come first. "Now is the time…