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What Canon Lawyers Are and Aren't!


Dream, believe, achieve: Is God calling you?

It is important to seek God’s will and to open to his plans. But there is a danger of becoming so anxious about vocation or call, so caught up in a future that does not yet exist that you miss the life that God has given you now.  So yes, it is important to put time and effort into considering your vocation-be open, be generous, be brave. It is a wonderful adventure but at the same time be grateful for the person you are now, and for the work God has given you to do today.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld: “God calls all the souls he has created to love him with their whole being, here and thereafter, which means that he calls all of them to holiness, to perfection, to a close following of him and obedience to his will. But he does not ask all people to show their love by the same works, to climb to heaven by the same ladder, to achieve goodness in the same way. What sort of work, then, must I do? Which is my road to heaven? In what kind of life am I to sanctify myself?”
The fundamental v…

Practising Resurrection!

• Give your full attention to whatever you are doing, and you'll recognize the constant renewal of life all around you.

• Walk the path of beauty and notice the spiritual radiance in people, places, and growing things — more signs of rebirth.

• Leave the past to God's mercy. Leave the future to God's discretion. Living in the present moment, the only time when God brings forth new life, is a way of affirming your belief in resurrection.

• Whenever you with compassion open your heart, mind, and soul to the pain of the world, you help bring suffering beings back into the land of the living.

• When you cultivate the art of making connections, the walls of separation come crashing down and new life can spring up out of the rubble.

• When you regularly pray for others as part of your devotional activities, you are practicing resurrection.

• Enthusiasm is the mark of a life-giver. When you can laugh and sing and relish life, you are practicing resurrection.

• Faith enables us to live …

Walking on water

Even the most courageous people have fears to overcome. Fear does horrible things to us. It makes us doubt those closest to us and it can make us afraid to love because we are afraid of being rejected. If you ask someone what they are afraid of, at first they may answer with something tangible, like spiders or heights or water. If you probe a little deeper, they might volunteer that they are afraid of death, of suffering, of losing a loved one, of failure, of loneliness. Fear about tomorrow is what keeps people awake at night!

In today’s Gospel, we see the disciples in the middle of a storm which threatens to capsize their boat. It isn’t long before they are afraid. “The boat arrived at the shore to which they were heading”: On the water, Jesus doesn’t need to get into the boat. Jesus is doing just fine without them or their boat- It’s that they need Jesus. So many people know Jesus is there, just outside their boat, but they won’t let Him get in. He wants to get in, and we’ve establ…

The Garden: My Easter greetings to you!

For was it not in a garden that a woman, together with a man, fell away from God?
Was it not in a garden that our first parents, after having first rejected God’s abundant love, wept?
Was it not in a garden that the expectation of death first reared its ugly head as the wages of sin?

The events of Good Friday centred on a hill called Golgotha but ended in a nearby garden, where Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus bound Jesus’ body in linen cloths and laid it in a tomb.

Once more….
A woman
A garden
The sound of weeping
The expectation of death

Mary Magdalene, a daughter of Eve, turns and sees a man standing there. This man asks: “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Mary supposes Him to be a gardener.
And yet, is she really that far off? Was not the first Adam—the caretaker of Eden?
Here now is Jesus—the second Adam—walking in a garden in the cool of the new day, revealing Himself to the daughter of Eve.

In response to the Gardener, Mary replies: “Sir, if You have car…