Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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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

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

Monday, August 17th, 2020
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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