Give yourself to Him

If you give yourself to Jesus he will preserve you. There is no need for anxiety since God will provide for all you need. Fr Ken Barker preaches about the faithfulness of God to a group of youth leaders on the 8th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Give yourself to Him

Fr Ken Barker preaches about the faithfulness of God to a group of youth leaders on the 8th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Enemies of ourselves

Fr Chris Eaton MGL says that when Jesus teaches us to be compassionate, he is speaking also about our relationship with ourselves.

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Video 3 – Life to the Full

Jesus says that he wants us to have ‘life to the full’, but what does that even mean? Does this mean that we should spend our life chasing adventure or living for a bigger story?

By |February 24th, 2017|Discernment|0 Comments
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Wild and free or pruned and beautiful

In relationships, there is often a strong encouragement to just follow your heart. Let your love for other people be wild and free. Let love simply take you where it will. The idea that we would try to restrict our love seems like madness. The suggestion that we should protect our relationships with boundaries seems to go against every natural instinct.

Perhaps the best way to judge this is to compare our love to a rose bush. Rose bushes are always planted in a prominent position in a garden. No one ever hides a rose bush down the side of their house where no one can see its beauty.

The strange thing is that a rose bush is beautiful because it is treated badly.  The gardener has a vision of what it could be, and so they prune it and sometimes cut it right back so that only a few branches are visible. Yet this harsh treatment is precisely what makes the rose bush form into something graceful. Even when they are not in flower they stand above all the other plants in the garden as a symbol of beauty.

It is a very different thing with a wild rose bush. Wild rose […]

By |February 24th, 2017|The Call|0 Comments

THE GIFT OF AUTHORITY Mt 16:13-19

In a world where the doctrine of individualism is strong authority is often something that is looked upon with at very best suspicion if not with outright hostility. I was recently reading a book about the life of Cardinal Newman and it tells us that in one of the articles of speculative theology that he wrote he concluded it with words to the effect that he recognizes that he is not the final authority on matters of truth within the Church and thus he humbly submits the article to the Church for its affirmation or rejection. Rarely today do we see academics in any disciplines, secular or religious, deferring to any levels of authority in such a humble and wonderful way. It is I believe something that we need to rediscover for the sake of unity and healthy dialogue on matters in question.

 

One of the most evident reasons for the survival of the Catholic Church as an institution for 2000 years is its strong sense of authority and the healthy exercise of the same. Yes, there are times when the Church leaders have reached beyond their legitimate bounds of authority but then we are a Holy Church made up of […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Video 2 – Good or Glorious?

Why do I need to do God’s will if I can still be a good person and get to heaven while doing my own thing? In this video, we start to unpack the false beliefs that can get in the way of hearing the voice of God.

By |February 21st, 2017|Discernment|0 Comments

Enemies of ourselves

We can so often talk harshly to ourselves and be twisted up in self-hatred. In this homily for the 7th Sunday in ordinary time, Fr Chris Eaton MGL says that when Jesus teaches us to be compassionate, he is speaking also about our relationship with ourselves.

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By |February 20th, 2017|CRADIO, Homilies|Comments Off on Enemies of ourselves

IS PRAYER ALWAYS THE ANSWER? Mk 9:14-29

It can sound very glib and unconvincing when someone tells you to pray about a particular problem and you will get an answer. I believe in the power of prayer but not in terms of it being a magic cure-all for the problems that confront us in our daily lives. For me the most important thing is whether or not I am trying to develop the daily habit of prayer. Herein lies the foundation for seeing prayer as at least part of the solution to all of our problems. Prayer is not something that I should be turning on and off in my life when I need it. It should be something that permeates every aspect of my life – something about which I will feel very uncomfortable if it is not there in regular and healthy doses.

The disciples are unable to cast out a particular demon due to a lack of prayer. Perhaps they had been neglecting this aspect of discipleship for a while and Jesus takes the opportunity to remind them to return to it. Perhaps their prayer needed to go a little deeper than where it was at? Perhaps any number of other different explanations, however, suffice […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

SO OFTEN FAITH IS THE ONLY ANSWER Heb 11:1-7

It is not a matter of being anti reason; it is simply the truth that sometimes the only way ahead is to choose to have faith and let some of the questions that arise in our minds and hearts be, without having to have an answer to them all. This section of the Letter to the Hebrews is very aptly placed at the end of our reflection upon the proto-historical section of the Book of Genesis as it serves to remind us of the central role of faith in our lives when it comes to our seeking to understand many of the more profound aspects of human existence.

 

Our author lists a number of the key players in the proto-historical drama and situates them in the context of faith as a reminder to us to never forget that we are a people of faith on a journey seeking the truth of these matters. If we divorce our search for truth from our faith we are certain to end up with the wrong conclusions. This path is one that is all too evident in the secular understanding of life that is permeating twenty first century society. The world would be wise to […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments