Posts Tagged ‘Hope’

Pope2Youth – become beacons of hope

Thursday, November 16th, 2023
Beacons of hope

In a heartfelt message, Pope Francis has called upon young people to become beacons of hope in a world struggling with conflict, suffering and desolation. “When we think of human tragedies, especially the suffering of the innocent, we too can echo some of the Psalms and ask the Lord ‘Why?’  At the same time however, Read more

Synod on synodality “selfies” and the media

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
Synod on synodality "selfies" and the media

When I was in Rome during the second week of the Synod on synodality, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the participants. Every single one of them offered encouraging words of hope. But if one wants to know what is happening at this synodal assembly, those words of hope are pretty much Read more

Synod Retreat Meditation: ‘Hoping Against Hope’

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

When the Holy Father asked me to give this retreat, I felt enormously honoured but nervous. I am deeply aware of my personal limitations. I am old – white – a Westerner – and a man! I don’t know which is worse! All of these aspects of my identity limit my understanding. So I ask Read more

Synod Retreat Meditation: ‘At home in God and God at home in us’

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

We come to this Synod with conflicting hopes. But this need not be an insuperable obstacle. We are united in the hope of the Eucharist, a hope which embraces and transcends all that we long for. But there is another source of tension. Our understandings of the Church as our home sometimes clash. Every living Read more

Pope Francis urges hope for Europe’s new generations

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Pope Francis has stressed the importance of hope as the foundation for addressing the crises faced by Europe, particularly among the younger generation. “Hope needs to be restored to our European societies, especially to the new generations” he told people gathered in St Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience on September 27. “In fact, Read more

How not to focus on the negative, even when life is discouraging

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

In my ministry with LGBTQ people, I sometimes meet people who feel profoundly, even paralysingly, discouraged by the lack of forward movement in the Church. Even when something positive happens in the Church, they will say, “Not enough!” or “Too little, too late.” In his opening address to the Second Vatican Council, Pope St. John Read more

Mongolian Catholics hear of hope in arid desert

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Mongolian Catholics

Pope Francis on Sunday told Mongolian Catholics that only love can truly satisfy our hearts’ thirst. In his historic first visit to Mongolia, the pope spoke to about 2,000 people at Ulaanbaatar’s Steppe Arena and emphasised God’s presence in difficult times. Francis drew parallels with life in Mongolia, where about 30% of the land is Read more

Paul Simon’s ‘Seven Psalms’ – a biblical record of hope, fear and love

Thursday, June 29th, 2023
seven psalms

Most Americans understand the Bible as a rulebook for how to live your life, but fewer think of it as a hymnal. Yet the long history of American—mostly Protestant—hymnody, set to the cadence of the King James Bible, is embedded in our collective religious consciousness. (Think Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” or Read more

Mary Goulding – God will do something amazing through this

Monday, June 26th, 2023
mary goulding

When Mary Goulding first awoke from 12 days in a coma following a horrific car accident in late-May, her first thought was, “what am I doing here? I have basketball training to get to”. Soon after, as the reality of her situation emerged, the mindset shifted. That’s when she realised how lucky she was just Read more

What God’s life school is all about

Monday, April 24th, 2023
the gift

Have you noticed how the Sacred Presence brings gifts of understanding when you need them most? It’s the sentence that lifts off the page. It’s a few spoken words that go directly to the heart. We all have these experiences. One gift that has stayed with me, came from an old Jewish rabbi. He wrote: Read more