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Liturgical Cycle

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Remembering our loved ones who have died and are now with God.

‘Never ever doubt that we will meet again.

Until that happy day I will grow with God and wait for you.’ – Anonymous.

November is a good month for us in the northern hemisphere to remember those who have died, because nature is in decline – autumn is ending and winter beginning. When we visit the graves of those we loved, we gain a new respect for creation, down to its minute specks of dust. This is so because we humans are made of the dust of the earth and it has become sacred because through it our loved ones became human.

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PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION

Brian Grogan SJ

Soon Christians will celebrate Easter. We form one third of the world’s population, and if we become attuned to the cosmic implications of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, we will bring a saving and hope-filled message to our Common Home.

Contemplation of the passion cannot be only a private devotion between Jesus and ourselves. We form one Body of creation, we are children of the earth; all of us are inter-connected, and Jesus, the divine One, is at the centre. His passion, death and resurrection must radiate out through us to all creation. ‘We bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.’

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Christmas Reflection

“He’s One of Ourselves!”

The poet Alice Meynell makes the point that the birth of Jesus simply made him ‘one of the children of the year’.  Since there was nothing outwardly distinctive about him,Herod has to butcher all babies around Bethlehem to ensure the elimination of Jesus.

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