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In offering this series, I am only too aware that I am not offering something new or original. However, I dare to hope that I may offer a different perspective on something with which we are all familiar. The message…
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…
Only God can do a God-thing. The Father sent Jesus to complete the first part of our Redemption. The weeds in the wheat (Mt. 13:25-30) were not sown by the farmer, who had ensured that the seed was good. When…
Life is a journey, and, for the average person, it can be quite a long journey. I don't pretend to understand why one life should be for a minute, and another should be for a hundred years. This doesn't bother…
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…
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…
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…
A sign post doesn't make me go in a particular direction. It simply points in a particular direction, and the decision is mine as to which way I wish to go. A 'Stop' sign won't bend down and stop me…
"If any of you wants to be a disciple of mine, you must be willing to take up your cross every day, and follow me." (Mt. 16:24). "And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is…
"The Branch cannot bear fruit by itself but has to remain part of the vine; so neither can you if you do not remain part of me. I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you…
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…
The story is told of a man, who, when asked for directions to Dublin, replied, "Well, now, to tell you the truth, if I was going to Dublin, I wouldn't start from here at all!" It is obvious, of course,…
I cannot begin this chapter without acknowledging the source of my title. Some years ago, Scott Peck gave us the classic The Road Less Travelled. It made a great impact, and, through many types of work-shops, and work-books based on…
"No athlete is crowned unless he competes according to the rules." (2 Tim. 2-5) "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7) Pit stops have more to with car…
"The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Jn. 3:8-9). There are…
The wall of pain is something that all long distance runners are familiar with. If the marathon is 26 miles long, then, at about 12 miles into it I will hit that pain barrier, and find it really painful to…
"Life is fragile; handle with prayer." Three months elapsed since I wrote that last chapter. I celebrated my 70th birthday in hospital! I had been so 'busy' for the previous few months that my heart told me "Either you stop,…
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…