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Category: Ignatian Prayer
What if the Good Samaritan hadn’t been able to help?
Like most people, I want to identify with the Good Samaritan and help those in difficult circumstances. However, I fear I am more like the religious elites and often ignore the desperate.
Even when I do try to help, it’s not always easy.
God in human form is not unique to Christianity. Other religions celebrate gods who take on mortality. Yet, in these stories, the gods become human to maximise their physicality.
Coping after Covid
What do we do after Covid? Many of us have lost loved ones; others have watched friends and family suffer. … More
A good day for miracles – a bad day for quiet picnics and boat trips
I had tons of questions that I wanted to ask Jesus. He had just had a huge run-in with the … More
A song of songs for the brokenhearted
I know we’ve met before, but now I just see glimpses of you. Peeking in at the window, hiding in … More
Can we recognise the truth?
Have you ever seen the world pictured from space? It’s beautiful but unrecognisable. Countries are the wrong way up, coastlines … More
Who told you that you were lazy? – A parable based on Genesis 3
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the … More
Reflections on 2 Kings 6:8-23 What can you see?
Please read the passage here. There are five protagonists in the story and each of them sees things differently. The … More
Reflections on the Wedding at Cana: Jesus ignores ‘plus one’ etiquette
I have been using both of the images above in Ignatian Prayer to centre myself on Jesus. Here’s what I … More
Praying with Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, Ignatian Prayer and Reviewing the Day
This quote is from “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. As explained in an earlier post, I am reading Tolstoy because … More
Getting Started with Ignatian Prayer
This is a handout I produced to accompany a talk I gave introducing Ignatian Prayer to my church. I hope … More
Reflections on Psalm 27: You’re safe
The text is here. This was a very personal experience yesterday when I used this Psalm for Ignatian prayer, and … More
Reflections on 1 Samuel 28: Wriggle Room
The text is here. This is a really hard chapter, and I haven’t made sense of it all by any means. … More
Reflections on 1 Samuel 13 – Good luck rituals and cat and mouse games
Here’s the text. The Philistines are in Israel’s land and controlling what goes on in it (see verses 19-22, the … More
Reflections on Numbers 12: Soap Opera Bible
As always, here’s the passage. This passage focuses on three characters; Miriam, Aaron and Moses. Miriam is the gossiper, she … More
Reflections on Job 23
Here’s the text as usual. Some points I noted Now God seems miles away (compare with Job 14) and Job … More
Reflections and questions on Job 14: When God feels close but suffering continues
Here’s the text. In this chapter Job is tormented because it appears that he knows God is very close to … More
Reflections on Job 6
Here’s the text. Some thoughts I had: It’s OK to complain, but don’t deny God. Sometimes bad things happen when … More