When the Church was born on the first Pentecost day it was as poor as Christ when he was born on the first Christmas day.
The essence of the Spirituality that Jesus bequeathed to the early Church can be summed up in this word – Love. Not ours, but God’s love
The letter was direct and to the point. I was given the sack and would have to vacate the property by the first of January 1981.
“Everyone can criticise, but if you do have to criticise, make it positive, constructive and based on the truth, not as you see it, but as it is”.
Although the later spiritualities of those who chose a celibate life may inspire us, and their teaching on prayer and other principles of the spiritual life might help us, we must firstly look to the spirituality that Our Lord gave to the laity in the early Church.
For Christ true love was demonstrated when you are prepared to give everything for those you love.
The Talmud is an ancient Jewish book that details the everyday customs and prayers that are practised by devout Jews.
Understanding the importance of Christ being conceived and born without sin is of vital importance if we are to understand the nature of our own spiritual journey.
When you come to know someone closely and intimately and come to realise that they not only love you but are prepared to give their life for you, then something life-changing happens.
One of the most surprising truths that I learnt when I first started to study scripture was that there is no record of Christ going into the Temple to offer sacrifice.
In the new world order that he came to set up Jesus wanted all families to be animated with the same love that he had infused into the family in which he grew up.
True tradition means allowing true love to be handed on. That is what the word tradition means.
Winston Churchill said that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
The Mass for which my ancestors suffered and died in penal times was represented in a new and glorious liturgy at the Council of Trent.
For most people today the greatest glory of the Council of Trent was the Tridentine Mass with which I grew up.
Christian Spirituality was first lived by Jesus Christ himself before it was introduced into the early Church. It began with him practising the first Commandment to Love God with every fibre of his being.
St Paul called God’s stupendous plan to share his infinite life and loving with us, the Mysterion. This Greek word means unseen, invisible or secret, because the plan is only visible to the eye of faith.
This love that was poured out at Pentecost generated what came to be called a mystical body. It was Christ’s new spiritual body animated by the Holy Spirit who would draw all who were open to receive him into itself.
In order to shed some light on the complementarity between Ignatian and Carmelite Spirituality that is being discussed at present I would like to say a few words to avoid confusion.
In the first episode, the hermit, Peter Calvay, introduces himself and describes his spiritual journey which led to the eremitical life on a remote island off the Scottish Outer Hebrides.