In this Sunday's Gospel passage Jesus continues his teaching to the disciples on the value of the person in God's eyes and on the futility of mundane worries. This does not mean doing nothing. Indeed, on hearing Jesus' reassuring invitation: "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom", our hearts open up to a hope which illumines and animates real life. We have the certainty that "the Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing.
The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. Whoever has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life". As we read in the passage from the Letter to the Hebrews in today's Liturgy, Abraham with a trusting heart entered into the hope that God opened to him, the promise of a land and of "numerous descendants", and left "not knowing where he was to go", trusting only in God.
And Jesus in today's Gospel illustrates through three parables how waiting for the fulfilment of the "blessed hope", his Coming, should urge one more and more toward a profound life, rich in good works: "Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys". It is an invitation to use things unselfishly without thirsting for possession or dominion, but according to the logic of God, the logic of consideration for others, the logic of love: as Romano Guardini succinctly wrote, "in the form of a relationship: beginning with God, in view of God". ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago ·
Rehearsed Readings of newly submitted Play-lets/Poems with the theme of HOMELESSNESS.
When: 12th November, 2019.
Venue: CAA 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP
Start time: 19 for 19.30 (7.30 p.m.)
Though Play-lets have already been received, we look forward to receiving many more. Please submit. (See below).
Please note the closing date for submission has been extended to 30th September.
The length of individual plays can now be up to 15 minutes.
Poems too are welcomed.
Please submit Play-lets and Poems to both:
Penny Culliford: email@example.com Kenn Michaels: firstname.lastname@example.org who will select a balanced programme.
A Speaker from The Passage, Westminster, we understand, is to be invited to give a short address and we will have the opportunity to slip them a donation at the end of the evening.
Last year’s evening - based on the theme of Refugees - was so well supported by Members and friends as performers and an audience of over 60. Funds were raised for the SVP.
READING ON THE NIGHT (Rehearse from 6pm in the CAA).
Please submit contact details/role range etc. to Kenn and Penny who together with individual writers will cast the pieces. Thanks.
On behalf of Nadia, Penny, Kenn as organisers,
Best wishes to all,
Robin. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago ·
Today is the Feast of St Maria Goretti, the "little and sweet martyr of purity", as Pope Pius XII defined her. Her mortal remains rest in the Church of Nettuno in the Diocese of Albano, and her beautiful spirit lives in God's glory. What does this fragile but christianly mature girl say to today's young people, through her life and above all through her heroic death? Marietta, as she was lovingly called, reminds the youth of the third millennium that true happiness demands courage and a spirit of sacrifice, refusing every compromise with evil and having the disposition to pay personally, even with death, faithful to God and his commandments.
How timely this message is! Today, pleasure, selfishness and directly immoral actions are often exalted in the name of the false ideals of liberty and happiness. It is essential to reaffirm clearly that purity of heart and of body go together, because chastity "is the custodian" of authentic love.
St Maria Goretti helps all young people to experience the beauty and joy of the evangelical Beatitude: "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God".
Purity of heart, as with every virtue, requires a daily discipline of the will and a constant interior discipline. Above all, it calls for assidous recourse to God in prayer. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago ·
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