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THE MASTERY OF TIME

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 …

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Christian and Pain

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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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)
 

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 …

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GOD’S LOVE FOR US

GOD’S LOVE FOR US
 
The awareness of God’s love, the appreciation that we have been loved by God, is a very important aspect of the Christian life. Some appreciation of his love for us may well come from reflecting on the following characteristics of that love.
 

God’s love is prior, first, before our love. This characteristic emphasises the initiative of God in loving us. In working with religion one must always begin with the divine initiative. John …

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Desire…

Desire…
3 October 2013 | Bishop David Walker
 
The spiritual writer, the Abbé de Tourvillle, uses the image of an overgrown path to offer his understanding of the meaning of Christian perfection. As one walks this path, the branches make the journey difficult. Those going along such a path may not know how far they have traveled, they are not sure how far they have to go, and may not even know where they are. But they want to …

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Catholic Worldview

The Catholic worldview is a comprehensive perception of the universe, revealed to us
in Jesus, which provides insights into the meaning of life and how to live it.
The Catholic Worldview is experiencing life through the eyes of our Catholic faith
The Catholic Worldview perceives.
I. God as Trinity, a communion of Persons who love us and invite us to share
in their divine life for all eternity.
The principal focal points would be God, the Trinitarian life of God, …

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Encountering God in the Ordinary Events of Life

We sometimes say that an event or an experience was a “wasted opportunity”. What we usually mean is that something could have been gained from it which we neglected to pursue. It was a missed opportunity which could have enriched us in some way. I believe in our journey to God there are many wasted opportunities. They are caused because we are not aware of the potential they have to advance on our journey to a deeper intimacy with Jesus …

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