Discernment, Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises

Precisely because I do not subordinate to textbooks, I am always curious to see what the students make of the content of classes and never more so than what Buddhist-Shintoists might make of Christmas. And among the students, there might be the odd...
A blackboard with a Christmas decoration across it
My local church is quite small and doesn't have a choir, but we do have someone playing the keyboard (those who read these contributions regularly may note that I previously lived in a parish with no accompanist at all, and the music was even worse...
Sheet music
Paul Nicholson SJ
A red candle
So, as I walked down the road to post the letters, I began to reflect on other skills I might be in danger of losing, and of the sensual nature of Christmas. There is the sound of the post landing on the mat – an audible thud at this time of year;...
A bauble on a Christmas tree
Paul Nicholson SJ
A woman leaning against a wall
Some time ago, I visited the world heritage site of New Grange in Ireland. This amazing Neolithic mound was designed so that the rising sun would shine through a tunnel on Winter solstice day, lighting up the tomb deep inside the barrow. Apart from...
A tree in a field in winter at dawn
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