How can it be that a civilian plane carrying 298 children, women and men could be shot out of the sky? Forgive us all, oh God. Forgive those who fired that death-dealing missile, forgive all those who hunger for war and violence instead of peace and gentleness and forgive all those of us who live so complacently and even silently with glaring inequalities and injustices…There is soul-searching for all of us to do, there is work for all of us to do so that lives are no longer wasted in so many inhumane ways. Let us join together in praying for peace with justice and let us work together to make this happen. Meanwhile we pray for those lost and for all who are grieving and who will go on grieving long into the future. Dear God forgive us and help us to be people of peace…
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“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
The disciples were still just ordinary people. I often imagine them as somewhat superhuman and therefore fearless messengers of the gospel. Not like me at all.
Pentecost reminds me that they were gathered together, still in their safe world, even after the amazing revelation of Jesus’ resurrection they did not have the impetus to go out. Until the Spirit comes upon them. Then they are transformed. They move from being a group dominated by past experience and fear to people filled with courage and understanding and a deep and unquenchable desire to proclaim the gospel.
The Holy Spirit has come into the world. We believe too that we receive the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. And yet in some mysterious way we are also longing to be transformed today by that same Spirit.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us to be our Helper and Guide.
Give us the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill us with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
We pray this for every situation of fear and misunderstanding in our personal lives, and for our world. May the Spirit transform each of us to be witnesses to the Gospel of love, freedom and forgiveness.
Today Pope Francis is to meet with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine. May the Spirit of God give these men the courage to be transformed.
I tried so hard during the Holy Week services to hold in prayer all those I love and everything I care about. I prayed for my family and friends, for the FCJs and CiM, for the needs of the world and indeed for the whole of creation. I moved from the particular – for example from praying for each member of my family – to praying for all those parts of the world where there is particular suffering – to holding the whole of the created order in my heart and prayer. My prayer moved back and forth constantly in my simple attempt to align my heart with God’s and to open a way for the grace of Easter to transform the world. I continue to pray for everyone and everything…May the Risen Christ bring healing, peace and the fullness of life wherever it is needed…
I leave for my retreat tomorrow and I am so, so happy to have the great gift of time for silence and prayer. I can’t wait to enjoy this time with God and with the scriptures. I will be holding the world and its needs in my heart – and I will be praying for you…In companionship and prayer…
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One of my favourite passages of scripture is the first reading of today’s liturgy: Isaiah 58:1-9
“Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet. To my people proclaim their rebellious acts, to the House of Jacob, their sins.They seek for me day after day, they long to know my ways, like a nation that has acted uprightly and not forsaken the law of its God. They ask me for laws that are upright, they long to be near God:’Why have we fasted, if you do not see, why mortify ourselves if you never notice?’ Look, you seek your own pleasure on your fastdays and you exploit all your workmen;look, the only purpose of your fasting is to quarrel and squabble and strike viciously with your fist. Fasting like yours today will never make your voice heard on high.Is that the sort of fast that pleases me, a day when a person inflicts pain on himself? Hanging your head like a reed, spreading out sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call fasting, a day acceptable to Yahweh?
Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetters, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break all yokes?.Is it not sharing your food with the hungry, and sheltering the homeless poor; if you see someone lacking clothes, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own kin?.Then your light will blaze out like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over. Saving justice will go ahead of you and Yahweh’s glory come behind you.Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he will say, ‘I am here.'”
My ministry is vocations accompaniment and university chaplaincy (as well as basement digging as previously explained!). I find myself wondering how I am actually involved in ‘breaking unjust fetters’ or ‘sharing my bread’, ‘sheltering the homeless poor’. There is a big part of me that feels pulled in this – I would love to be in a more ‘hands on’ ministry and yet I also believe that where I am missioned is where I am called to be at this point in time. So how do I make sense of it all? How best to live with the tension between the desire to somehow be MORE involved and the demands of my current ministry?
I, like Lynne, (see the previous two posts), have been deeply touched by the scripture readings from last Sunday. To me the readings expressed both a longing for peace and a call “to” peace. I have thought a lot this week about what it means to live peacefully in this world of ours which is torn by violence in so many places. I challenge myself to live peacefully…It is not enough for me to pray and fast for peace if my own life is marked by a lack of gentleness. I am trying to step back from making quick judgements, from sharp words, from a slowness to ask for or to give forgiveness. At the very least I am trying not to add to the level of anger, aggression and bitterness in our world. If we all do the same hopefully together we can make a difference…
We watch with horror the unfolding tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. As we witness terrible devastation: loss of lives, homes and livelihoods hopefully we can all do everything we can to respond to this crisis.
We are about to face big changes in our novitiate. Tyas is soon to make vows (July 7th) and Mei, Rowena and Theresia will be starting their novitiate on Sunday, June 9th. Currently they are all on retreat…Enjoying some quality time with God! Please keep them and all of us in your prayer at this important time. You can be sure that we are keeping you in our prayers!
In the face of such a terrible tragedy to hit the people of Oklahoma and such loss of life…We are praying. May God be with all those affected by this disaster – and all those who are now offering help and comfort…We are with you in heart and in prayer and we will continue to pray for you…