Was the commandment to the disciples to love one another ‘as I have loved you’, which we hear on the sixth Sunday of Easter, a qualification to Jesus’s moral teaching?
16 August: All of the synoptic gospels record the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man who wanted to know how to gain eternal life. We hear Matthew's version today.
The ‘Prayer for Generosity’ is much-loved by followers of Ignatian spirituality, although little is known about its authorship. The prayer is attributed frequently to St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, but was it really composed by him? Jack Mahoney SJ investigates the origins of this ‘brief but elegant prayer’.
The Church’s celebration of Christmas continues with the Feast of the Holy Family, which this year falls on 30 December. Jack Mahoney marks the occasion by contemplating the relationship between Jesus and his mother as it is expressed in an intriguing yet non-biblical tradition, a tradition which also has an important place in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Might Our Lady have been the first person to see Christ after his resurrection?
Jack Mahoney suggests ways in which the magi, who were full of hope even though their own journey to the crib was long and uncertain, can inspire our prayer.
From the first Sunday of Advent, all English-speaking Mass-goers will be using the full text of the revised translation of the Missal.
3 August: Jesus walks on water (Mt 14:22-36). Matthew places this encounter between Jesus and his disciples before the resurrection, but what if that wasn't the case?
Familiar as the words of the Sermon of the Mount may be, the standards that it sets for Christian living continue to pose a radical challenge to followers of Christ.
Commentators differ on what Jesus’s work of ‘fulfilment’ of the law (about which he speaks on 9 June) amounted to, mainly on whether he did this in his teaching or in his life.
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