Discernment, Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises

It was an interesting question: the focus was about times of strife such as family illness and bereavement, but some people also referred to the sense of wonder in God's creation. Some of the atheists were respectful, but others were not. I began to...
Bluebells
In recognition of my gift, if I find something to wonder at, I try to pass it on, but sometimes, there's so much wonder swilling around I don't always feel I convey it well. At other times, I feel others won't understand, which is the downside of...
A long tailed tit. Soft grey, black and pinkish plumage and a very long tail, beady eye.
This year, probably because of the cold temperatures delaying the plants, I have really appreciated the evidence of growth all around us-in the parks, gardens and along the roadsides as I have travelled about. What has really caught my attention has...
Sun shining through green leaves
Last year we were fortunate enough to have nests at opposite ends of the garden. However, we were rather concerned that they might not chose to build their nests here this year as our neighbours have a cat. Cats and birds do not mix! So I was...
Birds in a hedge.
I've known for some time that in Christian art they are symbols of resurrection, a little like the phoenix. There's a beautiful mosaic of a peacock at Westminster Cathedral, and according to the radio programme the peacock features in Byzantine art...
Peacock
The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: 'My Lord be with you all.' And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit...
Paschal candle at Easter
Prayer Moment A suggested Morning Offering: Trinity of communion and mutual love, Show me the world of today as you see it; momentous acts of kindness and service but also intolerance, rage and basic rights denied. Grant me and my community the...
A person lighting a candle at a peaceful protest
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