Our Free Will Given by God

Chapter Talks

As I was pondering what to focus this morning’s chapter talk on, I turned to the third conference we had from Fr. Michael Dodds for our retreat.  In staying with his theme for our retreat ‘The Hiddenness of God’, he begins this third conference with a reference to the ‘sin’ of Adam and Eve who now because of their ‘sin’ are hiding from God!  Fr. Dodds writes: “The point of the story is that sin, or acting against God’s will, was not part of God’s original plan.  It arises from a free, human decision.  But that decision initiates a new dynamic between God and human beings, who now try and hide from God”.  This new dynamic between the human person and God is a dynamic of ‘wills’, that of God’s will and that of the free will given by God to human beings.

September 22, 2019 Read More

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Lectio Divina

O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
National Catechetical Sunday
In other years: Our Lady of Sorrows

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 2:33-40
Mass: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Resp Ps 51; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32


A word for today is mercy. Our readings are saturated with the mercy of God. We begin by using the words of St Paul as a lens for taking in it all in. Quite clearly, St Paul tells us: "Christ came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tm 1:15).
September 15, 2019 Read More

I Believe…Help My Unbelief

Chapter Talks

In our retreat with Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, our second conference was on ‘the hiddenness of God’.  This hiddenness of God, the God who is unknowable leads, Fr. Michael said, to some people denying the very existence of God.  What I was struck by in this conference was the connection Fr. Michael made between the hiddenness and unknowable dimension of God to ‘faith’.

September 15, 2019 Read More

Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Sing to God, chant praise to his name: whose name is the Lord.


In today's reading from the Book of Sirach, the author tells us front and center to conduct our affairs with humility. Furthermore, those that are greater by way of having more gifts, more opportunities, more privileges and the like should humble themselves all the more. In the Gospel, Jesus relates the parable of those invited to a wedding banquet. Jesus tells us to take the lowest place, not the place of honor, for "the one who humbles himself with be exalted."
September 03, 2019 Read More

Everyday a New Beginning

Chapter Talks

Revitalization:  to impart new life or vigor…to restore to a fresh condition.  What if this word became a sacred image for us as a community? No question: we worry about our future, the immediate future of our individual lives and the life of our community. Such ‘worry’ is part of our humanity and there is nothing wrong with it. 

August 06, 2019 Read More
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