Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

The gifts of ageing

Monday, November 13th, 2023

A number of people missed an ecumenical retreat called “The Wisdom Years.” Some have asked for the one-day retreat to be repeated. That is not possible at present, but I can give a written outline of the three sessions in that day. You may wish to walk with Jesus through them. The Child As children Read more

The thin place

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

Most of us know what a “thin place” is, but it’s not easy to describe it. Perhaps that is because the experience is beyond our limited sensory system and, therefore, beyond logical thinking and description. Yet we have all had experience of a “Thin Place” as something belonging to a greater reality. Like you, I Read more

Teenage Christianity – It all comes together

Monday, August 7th, 2023
teenage christianity

Teenage Christianity can be so anxious that it can hardly be called “Faith.” At least, that was my youthful experience. Being Cristian was a serious business. I was so busy with self-correction that I often missed the beauty of Jesus in my life. It seemed that every church I attended wanted to warn young people Read more

God within

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

It was a crowded church in Singapore, and a young priest was talking about a recent first communion. A little girl had run back to her parents, shouting, “I just ate Jesus!” Later, the child asked her mother, “How does Jesus get from our stomach to our heart?” The mother replied, “Jesus can do anything.” Read more

Projection: evil or gift

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

Poet Robert Burns wrote: “Oh that would the Giftie gie us, to see ourselves as others see us.” But we all have that gift, whether we know it or not. We call it projection. A wise woman once told me: “Projection is the greatest evil.” However, projection can be positive. Years ago, an Australian nun Read more

Married priests, women priests and laity send Terry and me to Hell

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
married priests

This is not an easy article to write, but it has been with me for a long time. It comes to the surface when I’m told that priests feel threatened by the ordination of women. Of course, they feel threatened. Would a starving man feel threatened working with a chef? I believe that the option 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

Learning words: understanding Eucharist

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Learning words

How did we learn to read? We might remember putting sounds to the letters of the alphabet and then trying to make those sounds into words. We struggled. We made mistakes. Then what happened? One day it all came together. We could read, but we didn’t know how it happened. Those words held hands with Read more

A story of heaven and earth

Monday, March 6th, 2023
Heaven and earth

It was time for the little soul to go into incarnation. An angel spoke about the beauty of life on earth, but the little soul was reluctant to leave the place of perfection. It told the angel, “I was told that incarnation has suffering and trial and something called darkness. I want to stay in Read more

The Orchestra

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

My granddaughter was young and it was her first orchestral concert. Everything was exciting for her – the programme, the crowd, the musicians walking onto the stage. Then those players started tuning their instruments; the concert hall filled with discordant noise. My granddaughter thought this was the first item. The pain on her face was Read more