Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

Breath of God Comments 0

Monday, February 10th, 2020
being human

No more New Year resolutions for me! The failure rate is too high. The only resolution I kept, was giving up smoking in 1976, and that was more about health than the dare. These days, I’m aware that our measurements of time are our way of managing incarnation on earth. We place a grid over Read more

Christmas tree Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Heaven and Hell

At Mass, on the first day of Advent, a friend gave me some rosary beads. I had three sets of rosary beads at home, but they are made of plastic.  These are different, made of wood, warm to the touch. Instantly, they connected with my hand in a new way and spoke of two lives. Read more

The gentle touch Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Mary

There is a story about Mary, that she was stitching a cloth for the tabernacle when Gabriel visited her. Maybe. Maybe not. She could have been sweeping the floor. Or grinding corn for a meal. Those activities can also be sacred. We are reminded of times when God has been manifest in simple household tasks. Read more

Being human Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019
being human

Catholic laity are generally understanding about priestly indiscretion. We know that a hungry man cannot be judged for stealing a loaf of bread. But for some reason, many lay people believe that the tradition of celibacy for priests, goes back to the apostles. That is not so. Paul tells us that he apostles, including Peter, Read more

Confession Comments 0

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
muslim

Once more, I take my good friend Jesus to the Theatre of my Life. We are going to see a rerun of the show” The Seven Deadly Sins.” “Not again!” Jesus sighs We sit in comfortable seats near the back of the theatre but even from a distance, the players look tired, more dead than Read more

No sin, no growth Comments 0

Monday, August 26th, 2019
being human

The Hound of Heaven who drove me into the church, also led me to the right priest for instruction,  dear Monsignor Tottman, who gave me the structure that was missing in my enthusiasm. While I waffled on about the spiritual experience, he smiled kindly and said.  “I’m a bread and butter man, myself.” He showed Read more

The Otherness of Us Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
being human

Sometimes, a question in an interview can be thrown with a backward spin. Recently, I was asked, “What do you say to people who claim that religion is the cause of war?” The answer to that was easy. “Religion doesn’t cause war unless it is corrupted by politics.” Much later, I thought we had missed Read more

Joy Cowley a finalist in 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards Comments 0

Monday, July 1st, 2019
being human

One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Dame Joy Cowley, is a finalist in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards’ Book category for her non-fiction work Veil Over Light. She joins four other authors from all over the country writing about issues as wide-ranging as global ethics, living cooperatively, mystical and shamanic practice Read more

Titles Comments 0

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Mary

Years ago, a man about to be ordained was told by an older priest, “The hardest thing you will find is to be called Father.” The new priest found this was indeed true and he dropped the title, although doing so made some lay people uncomfortable. One parishioner said calling a priest by his first Read more

Heaven and Hell Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
heaven

Some Catholics may be surprised to know that there are parables of Jesus in the Islamic faith. These Sufi parables of Jesus are not the parables we have in the gospels. Rather, they are stories written to illustrate Jesus’ teachings. The one I like that is simple and yet powerful in its wisdom. It goes Read more