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.
Winston Churchill said that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
True tradition means allowing true love to be handed on. That is what the word tradition means.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Talmud is an ancient Jewish book that details the everyday customs and prayers that are practised by devout Jews.
For Christ true love was demonstrated when you are prepared to give everything for those you love.
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.
“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”.
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.
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
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.
James has returned home and begins in earnest, practising his newfound life of prayer. However, we find him writing to Peter when he feels his prayer is floundering. Peter explains through their correspondence, that James is now finding himself on the threshold of contemplative prayer.
It is James’ last meeting with Peter before climbing aboard the island plane and returning to the mainland. Peter begins to advise James on what to expect when Christian meditation has led us into true Christian Contemplation.
Peter was surprised to hear that James was introduced to the practice of Indian meditation and had unsuccessfully tried to adapt it to Christian prayer.
When Peter arrives from Calvay for their next meeting, James immediately asks him to continue explaining his blueprint for prayer, using the second part, FATHER
Peter describes the Lord’s Prayer as the pattern of all Christian prayer and that this prayer is itself summed up in the first two words, Our Father.
Once you admit that ‘prayer’ is merely the word we use to describe the practical way we go about allowing God’s love to enter into our lives, to change us, and through us others, then you have to admit that prayer is the most important thing in our lives. Nothing is...