Genuine humility is a combination of unbridled truth and selflessness. When I cling to anything which isn’t true at it’s deepest level it comes from a place of pride
The story of Easter is a profound map of the spiritual journey. Jesus plainly calls us to pick up our cross and follow him to death. The death which Jesus modeled is the death of the false self. It is the crucifixion of the ego. It is the end of what was never real.
As Christians we are called to live like Christ and he has given us a beautiful example not only in his willingness to bear the cross but in his resoluteness as he knowingly approached it. In John 12, after his entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus spoke about his death which was to come. He spoke not … Continue reading A Kernel of Wheat, a Cross on Calvary, and a French Mystic
This is why religion has been fading in the west. We have been trying to use the rational mind to understand the super rational and it has failed.
About 500 years ago there was a massive change in Western Christianity. I'd like you to set aside your opinions about whether the Protestant Reformation was a good thing or not and think instead about what made it possible. It was a time of great change not just in the Church but in Western society … Continue reading Will Social Media Change Religion Completely?
Whenever you eat, wake up in the morning, enter a new space, undertake an effort or complete a task, whenever you witness something beautiful or terrible - hold the experience for a couple breaths, relishing in it and blessing it
There is wonderful story told by the old Irish poets of a relationship between Oisin (OH-SHEEN), the last of the Fianna, and Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Oisin is presented as the final representative of Celtic pagan society and he debates religion with Patrick, who becomes his benefactor and protector. The story can be … Continue reading Patrick and Oisin: Remembering Our Ancestors
St. Patrick’s Day is today, so I thought I would talk a little bit about the saint that so many of us have heard about. He has a whole holiday attributed to him but other than shamrocks, vague references to snakes, and green beer most people know very little about him. He is one of … Continue reading St Patrick: Faeth Fiada
Last week we spoke about Jesus feeding 5000 people with a couple loaves of bread and some fish. (You can read that post here) He was standing on the edge of the sea of Galilee. He had gone out that way to seek solitude after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, whom he … Continue reading Jesus Joins Us in the Storm
In our gospel reading this morning (Matthew 14:13-21) we hear of a miraculous story, one which was witnessed by thousands of people and which can be found in all four gospels. Our reading began with “now when Jesus heard this”, what Jesus had heard was the news of his cousin’s death. John the Baptist … Continue reading Faith That Feeds the World