Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

The Book

Monday, September 6th, 2021
The Bible

The Bible is a Catholic book, so why don’t Catholics read it? That question is still with me, although I understand why the Church has discouraged personal interpretation of Scripture. Some misinterpretations of the Bible have caused strife and division in Christianity. At times, spiritual signposts have been pulled out of the ground of history Read more

Divine Play

Monday, August 9th, 2021
Divine Play

One of the gifts of ageing is retrospection. We look back on the patterns in our life and see the way God has played with us, always taking us to a larger place of faith. We see the winters that turned into spring growth, loss that made way for a new kind of, gain, steep Read more

Fridge homilies

Monday, July 12th, 2021
fridge homilies

Your fridge may be full of nourishment for the body, but it’s possible that the outside of the door holds some food for the soul. Does your fridge door, like mine, collect sayings that become little teachings fastened by magnets? And do those teachings increase to find space in other parts of the house? I’d Read more

The tree of Abraham

Monday, May 31st, 2021
tree of Abraham

It is a blessing to have a Pope who sees a world of religious multiplication rather than religious division. Many of us grew up in an era of “We are right and the others are wrong.” Christian churches seemed to have high fences around them, and religions that were not Christian were often labelled “Heathen” Read more

Blessings without words

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
fridge homilies

A friend sent me some photos of a spectacular sunrise over Wellington. The crimson glow on the sky and harbour progressed to orange and deep purple before it faded to a promise of rain. That sunrise was my prayer for the morning. It perfectly described the fire of Pentecost that, paradoxically, sets us alight and Read more

Goodies and baddies

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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If you have listened many times to the Palm Sunday Gospel readings, you will know the hush that descends on the congregation. It is not the silence of peaceful meditation. Rather it contains the crushing horror of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Once again, we walk with Jesus to Golgotha and feel helpless as Read more

Being Catholic

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

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

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

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