Discernment, Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises

This morning I was on my way to work and the sun was rising just behind me off to one side. I didn't have long to stop but I briefly paused and looked towards the rising sun and felt its rays on my face. The warmth of the sun was God's greeting to...
Sun rising behind some reeds
Take last week for example; I had an important meeting to arrange. The speaker had been booked long ago but will he answer emails to confirm he is coming? No! What about tickets for the event? They are remarkably slow in selling. Who is going to..?...
A blue tit on a branch
The homily at the Mass I went to on All Saints this year referred to the congregation having devotions to 'their saints'. Of course, we all have favourites. However, it struck me as not quite being the point of the feast of All Saints, since they...
A stained glass window depicting the English Martyrs
1 John 3: 1 This is from the Second Reading at Mass today, for the feast of All Saints.
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are   1 John 3: 1 Image: a group of people at sunset
I've seen this scuplture before of two people reaching out across a divide, but this morning the rising sun caught it and it looked particularly striking. It represents healthcare at its best, with all the hard work and kindness that goes into...
Sculpture of two people reaching out to one another
I have heard the Beatitudes many times over. In fact it was the reading at my wedding! Yet never seemed to have thought what 'poor in spirit' actually meant. I'm still puzzling out what the phrase means in my life, but reflecting on it has been...
Painting of the people gathering around Jesus listening to the Sermon on the Mount
Over the years I have got better at going through things and getting rid of stuff, but I discovered a whole clutch of items from nine or ten years ago that remained relatively untouched, apparently thrown into a cupboard at some point (fortunately...
A person going through some papers
But as my brother pointed out to me, what might be litter to me was a convenient perch to him. I then noticed that this section of waterway was absolutely teeming with small fish swimming in clear, shallow water. Perfect for the kingfisher. I am a...
Street art of a kingfisher spotted in south London
Peter O’Sullivan SJ
A man standing with his head in his hand.
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