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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…
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,…
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…
"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,…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35) I chose this to begin with, because it underpins all the promises of Jesus. He is giving us his word, and he wants us to…
I have given you authority over all the power of the evil one; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19) This is an extraordinary promise, and, believing it, and acting on it, would completely transform the life of a Christian. When…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
"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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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