Transformation in the Spirit

Chapter Talks


In the second reading from first Corinthians for this feast of Pentecost we hear: “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” (1 Co  12:7).  We each are given a ‘manifestation of the Spirit’ an  “We were all given to drink of one Spirit” (1 Co 12:13b) and we participate in the one, same Spirit.  This

May 20, 2016 Read More

Our Shepherd and the Monastic Vocation

Chapter Talks


Always on the fourth Sunday of Easter we have the theme of shepherd: the Risen One who embodies the qualities of shepherd.  The gospel readings for each cycle A, B, and C are taken from chapter 10 of St. John’s gospel.  For us 21st century persons we don’t readily constellate towards the image of ‘shepherd’.  During the time of Jesus, ‘shepherd’ was an experiential image, one that related to the living context of his hearers, and thus one in which the hearers of this gospel could easily

April 17, 2016 Read More

There is no Resurrection without the Cross - Reflections for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

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“How do you know that Christ is risen in your individual life?  In the life of any kind of faith community to which you belong?  In your life with other people?  In your prayer?  Can it be in weakness, failure, confusion, messy and ambivalent situations, weariness and emptiness of spirit?” (p.8-9).  These questions are posed by Sr. Ma

April 11, 2016 Read More

A Love that Knows No Bounds

Chapter Talks

An encounter with love – this is the theme I like to suggest for these days of Holy Week.  Pope Francis right at the beginning of his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, invites us to an ‘encounter with Christ.’   He writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encoun

March 26, 2016 Read More

Repentance is Radical

Chapter Talks


Here we are already at the Fifth Sunday of Lent.  And today’s Gospel reading for Mass is the most striking story of the woman caught in adultery.  If we stand at Jesus’ side, if we feel into how he meets this situation, a situation in which he is being put to the test by the upholders of the law, what do we learn, what do we witness?  Jesus meet

March 19, 2016 Read More
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