Time online: Friday 8 May 2020
- This Sunday’s gospel makes present Jesus’ words, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me.’ (John 14). We consider how we receive this blessing, how we respond by doing our part to make place for peace in our lives. We may be helped by recalling prayers such as, “Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten those who seek God shall never go wanting. Nothing can trouble nothing can frighten, God alone fills us.” (Saint Teresa of Ávila), recalling some of the sayings of Julian of Norwich or of your favourite saint.
- The Examen for Life During COVID–19 is one of the items listed by the Ignatian Solidarity Network on its Coronavirus (COVID–19) Solidarity Resources.
- While Vatican News presents updates from the Vatican and about the Church, it keeps a global perspective on world events, reminding us of religious and secular days, such as Red Cross/Red Crescent Day.
- Have you visited Sacred Space or Pray as you go recently? There may be new material there for your prayer.
- Recent months have seen remarkably high sales of Albert Camus The Plague. Following on Gemma Simmonds’ consideration of the work, Thinking Faith: The online journal of the Jesuits in Britain features an article by Mauricio López Oropeza asking what the pandemic invites us to.
- The Global Catholic Climate Movement invites you to become a Laudato Si’ Animator and to receive in-depth online training to help you inspire your neighbours to care for creation. Watch the Limerick -born Jesuit, Pedro Walpole describe the need for urgent action for the Oikos.
- In your own garden, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has helpful prompts to good practice in its Debunking myths: Are you doing the right thing to help? (Our meadow here in Manresa is thriving! 😊)
- The Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Dublin, is organising the Scripture Summer School to go online this year. The programme to be presented by Jessie Rogers, Seán Goan and Kieran J. O’Mahony between 22 and 26 June, €40 per household.