The Mastery of Time

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The Mastery of Time

THE MASTERY OF TIME

 

He that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:16

 

“He that believeth shall not make haste.” That is to say, he won’t get rattled or hustled; he won’t let time get on top of him or dictate to him. Doesn’t that speak to all of us of something which deep down we wish were true of ourselves? Time, the enemy … How often do you hear people saying, – how often do you hear yourself saying. “Oh. I ...

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The Christian and Pain

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The Christian and Pain

THE CHRISTIAN AND PAIN – Jesus on Calvary

 

 

Pain is a reality in the life of every human being. It has a positive role to play, and can alert us to issues that need to be attended to. However, it can have a debilitating effect as well, and there can be times when pain is such that it prevents us from facing situations in the way that we would normally do so. Often, the issue is not pain itself, but how we ...

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Spiritual Freedom

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Spiritual Freedom

Spiritual Freedom

This article was taken from a talk given by Bishop David Walker on ABC Radio.

 

In this series of talks I am sharing with you some of the experiences we have gained at the Educational Centre for Christian Spirituality at Randwick, Sydney concerning the development of the spiritual dimension of the human person. In our quest to develop the spiritual aspect of life, it is important that we be free and open to let it grow. It can happen that ...

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Valuable Reading on the Eucharist

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Valuable Reading on the Eucharist

Valuable Reading on the Eucharist

 

Bishop David Walker

 

 

Three books are offered for review here. They all focus, in some way, on the Eucharist and approach it from different perspectives. One is concerned with a study of the biblical sources and their implication for eucharistic practice today. Another looks at the Eucharist from the perspective of the liturgy, and offers insights as to how the liturgical celebration can be related to social justice. The third offers a new theological framework within which ...

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Life as Prayer – Bishop David Walker

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Life as Prayer – Bishop David Walker

LIFE AS PRAYER

 

Bishop David Walker

 

“God is Spirit.” John iv. 24, (R.V., marg.)

 

“He is not far from each one of us: for in Him we live and move and have our being.”— ACTS xvii.27-8 (R.V.)

 

 

I am speaking to those who are bound together by the link of prayer, who seek communion with one another on an invisible plane and through a common surrender to an invisible love. And I wish to think with you a little about this binding link of prayer— ...

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PRAYER: Helps and Hindrances

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PRAYER: Helps and Hindrances

PRAYER: HELPS AND HINDRANCES

Bishop David Walker

 

 

  1. Lifestyle / Disordered life.

 

The principal contrast here is between a life which is lived from within, and one that is dominated from without. In the former case, the person deliberately introduces into life the things that will assist it, whereas in the latter, life is dominated by what comes from without, i.e. it is what others do which determines what happens in our life.

 

  1. Recollection / Lack of attention.

 

Recollection is the cultivation of ...

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The Present Moment as Prayer

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The Present Moment as Prayer

THE PRESENT MOMENT AS PRAYER

Bishop David Walker

 

We take each moment for granted. It is here and gone, often without us noticing it or being aware of its importance and richness. Yet, in some sense, it is all we have. Someone once said that it is all we do have: the past is gone, the future is not yet here; this moment is everything. Our Christian tradition has always seen the moment as important. So important is it, that God gives ...

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Spiritual Growth – Baron von Hugel

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Spiritual Growth – Baron von Hugel

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

 

Bishop David Walker

 

Over a number of years, I have been thinking a lot about spiritual growth. My work with the spiritual classics has made me aware that our spiritual tradition does see patterns of growth within the spiritual journey and does point to particular indicators as signs of growth. There exists within the spiritual tradition various outlines of how a person grows in the spiritual journey. However, I do not wish to present any of these here. Rather. I ...

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Spiritual Growth – Self-transcendence

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Spiritual Growth – Self-transcendence

Spiritual Growth

 

Bishop David Walker | August 2010

 

“Spirituality is the experience of consciously striving to integrate one’s life in terms, not of isolation and self-absorption, but of self-transcendence towards the ultimate value one perceives.” (Schneiders)

 

  1. From acts to relationship;
  • from behaviour to personal response;
  • from morality to motivation;
  • from obedience to discipleship;
  • from practice to self-giving;
  • from “keeping the commandments” to living out of love;
  • from belief in God to God as the integrating centre of our life.

 

  1. From a life dominated from without to one which is lived from ...
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Humility – Teresa of Avila

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Humility – Teresa of Avila

Humility

 

1 “The mountain lords it over the molehill, but both are dwarfed by the stars.” (Oriental saying)

 

2. “The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.” (Phillips Brooks). “One of the best ways to acquire humility is to fix the following maxim in our mind: one is worth what one ...

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