Posts Tagged ‘Joy Cowley’

Giving birth to Christ in the world

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Christ in the world

Spiritually, we are all called to be pregnant with God and to give birth to Christ in the world. Men and women alike, this is our mission, and the mother of Jesus gives an outline of what that birthing is all about. Scripture doesn’t offer a lot of information about Mary. But if we look Read more

Stone. Tree. Mountain lion. Eagle.

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Sometimes, an author of children’s books is invited into schools far beyond the tourist’s world. The richness of such an experience can be life-changing. The would-be teacher becomes a learner as an understanding of God grows beyond cultural boundaries. I’ve learned that other cultures do not have a different understanding of God: they simply use Read more


Monday, October 4th, 2021

Reading about meditation is not the same as doing it, but I have always found words helpful. Wise writings from the Church touched something in me that was formless yet real and was waiting to be acknowledged. I think that many of us start meditation after realising this world doesn’t meet our deepest desires. Human Read more

The Book

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Christ in the world

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

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

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