Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

Being Catholic Comments 0

Monday, March 1st, 2021
Catholic

When I’m asked why I am a Catholic, the simplest answer is: “Because it works.” Sometimes, that hasn’t been enough. People have wanted detail, a comprehensive answer to their “why?” The explanation can be long and tedious. Do they want a personal journey? Or something about Catholic teaching? It is one thing to talk about Read more

Loving kindness Comments 0

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
kindness

In March 2020l, Lockdown happened so fast, it felt like an emotional earthquake. Nothing like it had happened to this country. We didn’t know how to react. Understanding this, our leaders knew they needed to give daily broadcasts. Those updates held us together. We tuned in each day to Covid news that finished with a Read more

Our own Advent story Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
advent

When we read the Gospels as a parable, they bring new meaning to us, and this is especially so in the holy seasons of Advent and Easter. In prayer, we are now with Mary and the angel. Gabriel does not appear to us like something from a medieval painting, but we are aware of a Read more

Blessings of Covid 19 Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020
kindness

In the spiritual realm, crucifixions and resurrections are not separate, and, as  Jesus demonstrated, what is resurrected is always greater than what has died. We have all experienced this way of growth in some form or other. We need to be emptied in order to be filled. Ignatian teacher Margaret Silf writes in her book Read more

Companioning life Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
pro-life

Let’s think about this. Being anti-abortion and being pro-life are in effect, not the same thing. The first is negative and confrontational, while the second is positive and pro-active. Which is likely to work? I’m not dismissing the way we feel about the first. Abortion is always a tragedy. There may be some women for Read more

Third sight Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
third sight

Is there such a thing as third sight? In a Faith context, first and second sight usually refer to “knowing” rather than physical vision. I suppose first sight would be “head knowing,” the teachings we are given to guide us on the pilgrimage we call Life. These are valuable maps and usually, a one size Read more

A collection of saints Comments 0

Monday, August 17th, 2020
saints

July 31st brought Ignatius of Loyola into morning prayer. However, he didn’t stay there for long. My thoughts moved on to another Saint who has had a significant influence – Teresa of Avila. Teresa hi-jacked me in 1980. I wanted to go to Toledo but boarded the wrong bus and ended up in her convent Read more

Making meaning Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020
Making meaning

People living in the fulness of the Catholic Faith will have the light of Christ Jesus in them, and this can attract people who have no religious background. We remember how Malcolm Muggeridge, a proclaimed atheist, became a Catholic after meeting Mother Teresa. Curiosity about our Faith doesn’t usually have such a dramatic result. Still, Read more

Oneness in God Comments 0

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
Making meaning

Isn’t it good to be back? Corpus Christi, our first level one Mass, was a true celebration of the body of Christ. Our church was full of glowing faces, smiles, spontaneous hugs, happiness that made me think of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant. We realised how much we had missed each other Read more

Good humour Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Humour

Can we talk about something other than Covid19? What about Catholic jokes? Will that do? I usually enjoy religious humour. It seems to come from solid faith that is without doubt or fear. And sometimes the laughter it evokes, unwraps a little parable that stays with me. I still carry an old Marist Messenger confessional Read more