Showing posts from November, 2012

My Soul Sings...

I would like to share with you a reflection resource in this month’s “Magnificat” book of Mass readings, Daily Office and reflection materials. The text itself was written by Chiara Lubich (an Italian Catholic activist and founder of the Focolare movement). Here it is:

Extreme poverty of soul and the Banquet
When the soul doesn't sing, then something is occupying it and this something should immediately be given to God. The suffering could be brought on by external things (and these are more easily overcome by souls who want to love Love); the sufferings could be within us (scruples, doubts, melancholy, temptations, emptiness, homesickness). They all need to be given to God. The quicker the giving, the sooner love descends into our hearts.

        But be careful: a giver cannot go on keeping for herself a gift that's been given away. If you feel something, whatever it may be, which doesn't allow your soul to be at peace then you need to give it over to him with an effort tha…

Skyfall: a tale of two sons

As has often been the case in recent times… no blog posts from me for weeks, then, like London buses, a whole herd of them come at once!! Well, at least two in my case… here’s my second of today.
I really like the following article on “Skyfall” (the new James Bond film… as if you didn’t know!) from a London Institute For Contemporary Christianity mailing. Here’s their main website, on which you can sign up for regular e-mails on “Connecting With Culture” and “Word For The Week”:
and here’s the article:


Skyfall: A Tale Of Two Sons
 may or may not be the best Bond film ever but it is certainly the most compelling psychologically, thematically and culturally. At its throbbing heart is the question of sacrifice for a cause. How do you respond when your leader allows you to be tortured, perhaps killed, for the sake of the nation? 

In Skyfall, two agents respond in very different ways. Bond, sacrificed by M, looks as if he will abandon Queen and coun…


"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh 'Tis good to be grateful… and I’m using an iPhone app called Gratitude Journal to help remind me each day that I have so much to be grateful for in my life.