Posts Tagged ‘God’

God walks behind us Comments 1

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
bad news

It is said that God walks behind us, picking up those parts of our life that we choose to discard. The imperfection, failure, shame we try to leave behind in our desire to live “good” lives, is God’s treasure, the true gold of our life story. It is the precisely that part of us, and Read more

Catholic puzzle book hopes to point readers to God Comments 0

Monday, September 4th, 2017

With hopes of leading Catholics to a deeper search for Christ, a new puzzle book from Ave Maria Press challenges readers to expand their interaction with God’s mysteries. “I open the book with a quote from Proverbs 25:2, ‘It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search Read more

Is God boosting Stephen Colbert’s ratings? Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
God - Jonathan Merritt

Before 2017, Jimmy Fallon dominated Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the late night talk show ratings wars. But Colbert has since emerged as the victor, besting his rivals in overall viewership for the recently concluded 2016-2017 season. Colbert ended the September-to-May season with an average of 3.19 million nightly viewers, compared to Fallon’s 3.17 million and Read more

Fidget spinners and the Trinity Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The tripartite design  of the fidget spinner does resemble certain images of the Trinity. And while objects like three-leaf clovers have been touted in the past as analogies for God’s triune nature, the Fidget Spinner goes further because it spins. And so perhaps better captures the dynamic movement, equality and relationality of the Godhead. Continue Read more

In the image of God Comments 1

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

There is a saying, “Pray as you can, not as you can’t,” and I’m one of those people who can’t pray some of the words in the changed liturgy. The problem is not ‘consubstantiation’ and a sprinkling of clumsy English, but a couple of statements that have no meaning for me. For example, I can’t Read more

Doing violence in God’s name Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” How true! This has been going on since the beginning of time and is showing few signs of disappearing any time soon. We still do violence and evil and justify them in God’s name. Read more

Many Paths: One God Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
God

Let’s imagine a circle like a large bicycle wheel. The circle has paths resembling spokes converging in the centre. On the outer edge, my path may seem at a distance from other paths, maybe even opposite; but as I progress towards the centre, the other paths come closer until all unite as one. The circle, Read more

Your faith is changing over time Comments 0

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Faith changes

The most remarkable year of my life and easily the one in which my faith grew the most was the 12 months I spent as a young man working at a rural college in India. The double blow of not knowing God and not knowing anybody at all brought me to a place of loneliness Read more

Sometimes it’s better to shut up Comments 0

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

It was a honking big needle the nurse held up as my very sick friend pulled up his sleeve. I really, really don’t like needles, but I stayed by his chair as the nurse pushed the needle into the underside of his upper arm, because that was a spot that wasn’t all bruised from IV Read more

The Eucharistic Planet Comments 2

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

When we were children we thought of God as being somewhere “up there” looking down on us. As we grew in faith and life experience, God seemed closer, closer, until we recognised God within us. This was not something we were told. We could actually feel it and there were no words to describe it. Then Read more