Did Jesus ever have other dreams? Of getting married, having children, looking after his Mother in her old age, having his own or continuing his Dad's carpentry business? Could he have become a renowned Rabbi in the tradition of the Pharisees or Sadducees? Or perhaps as a teenage boy did he dream of doing something … Continue reading Did Jesus ever have other dreams?
I have been using both of the images above in Ignatian Prayer to centre myself on Jesus. Here's what I learnt about Jesus by meditating on them: Both images show an intimate moment between Jesus and his Mother Mary. Jesus is someone to turn to when there's a difficulty, he is … Continue reading Reflections on the Wedding at Cana: Jesus ignores ‘plus one’ etiquette
This is a handout I produced to accompany a talk I gave introducing Ignatian Prayer to my church. I hope it is useful to you too; most of the instructions are borrowed from Prof. John Goldingay's B24 Ignatian Approach available from Grove Books. The entire reading scheme covers 30 weeks. Focus Quieten yourself, focus, centre. … Continue reading Getting Started with Ignatian Prayer
I began thinking about Jesus as light of the world, but then realised we too are called to be lamps and light, it’s part of our role to extend the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:16) As I hold on to a candle though, I quickly realise a candle doesn’t only give off light. It slowly … Continue reading Meditation on a candle (and waxbows)
Yesterday I read this very short story by Peter Rollins that felt to me like a punch in the stomach. It has been on my mind ever since; and today I received an e-mail from Tearfund asking me to take action to end food waste by e-mailing my supermarket. Outrageously, one-third of food grown is … Continue reading A punch in the stomach
I've had the phenomenal privilege over the past six weeks to be part of a Sante Group with the fabulous Kate McCord, author of 'In the Land of Blue Burqas'. A small group of us have met over the internet (using the App Join.me, it's rather like a group Skype) and have used seven different … Continue reading Praying with Steve Jobs
It is my great pleasure to be living in the US for a couple of years, I am British and love being here, I know I am very blessed. It is fascinating though to observe how different Christian populations practice their faith; surely we should all be pretty similar as Christians but it seems to … Continue reading Where have American Christians put their crosses?