grace

A Childlike Pause

The other day at a pond by my house I saw a boy who stopped suddenly to look at the sailboats. Nothing special about them, except the boy was experiencing a moment of God’s presence in beauty.

Take, Lord, my understanding

Life is far from understandable. So how can we find some solace when we find ourselves, once again, saying “I don’t understand!”? Saint Ignatius says we must not surrender just our wills to God but also our understanding.

Guilt

What good can we find in Catholic guilt—or even guilt in general? Healthy guilt can lead to positive change for the world. Consider the stories we learn of in just one 24-hour news day. If we can imaginatively enter a gospel scene in the Ignatian tradition of prayer where we interact with Jesus and all the characters, can’t we do the same with news stories? And if you feel guilt, ask God what it might be saying to you.

The Gifts of the Spirit

Here is an excerpt from a piece I wrote on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for Pentecost (this Sunday). You’ll find the full article (link below) has an Ignatian slant. “On Pentecost Sunday, God breathed the Holy Spirit into the apostles to remind them that they were not alone. […]

“Taking” Time

“It takes an hour to get there.” Do you ever realise that when we talk about the duration of an activity we use the verb take? “How long will it take?” It’s an odd verb to use yet it’s such a normal part of our vocabulary that we don’t really think […]