How do we create space for God in our lives? Reflections from Catholics exploring our relationship with God through prayer.
'Just give Jesus a chance to let you know how much he loves you.' I read those words in an email from a friend at about 10pm on 17 April, 2016. The words brought immediate tears to my eyes but I did not know why. Perhaps, I was feeling sad partly because I was leaving my immediate family to go to visit my mother the next day, and my ever-present fear of flying has been exacerbated by what happened to flights MH 17 and MH 370. All I knew was that I had to suppress them, or I would wake up the next morning with swollen, puffy eyes.
In the morning, the floodgates still threatened to burst. I prayed to Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help me not cry at work.
By Andrew Hamilton
*This article first appeared on the CAPSA website
There is so much to like about Pope Francis’ journey to Lesbos. There is also so much for us as Australians to be humbled by. He undertook his travel at a time when the people seeking protection on Lesbos began being put into enclosed camps, facing deportation to Turkey and perhaps return to the mortal danger from which they fled.
Pope Francis’ latest exhortation has come out just in time for me, as I prepare to be married in June.
While many have focused on the aspects to do with the divorced and remarried, and couples in crisis, I’ve chosen to focus my reading more on what the Pope is saying in the exhortation about our relationship with God and with each other.
Here are four things that have stood out for me already.