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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, …

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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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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 …

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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, …

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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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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 …

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
God’s love is prior, i.e. he loves us first: it is faithful, i.e. he will never withdraw it it is a gift, we have not claim on it, he gives it freely; it is all-powerful, i.e. it cannot be overcome; it does not depend on us, i.e. if we do not respond, or act as we should in its presence, he still loves us; it is prodigal i.e. it gives abundantly; it is self-giving, i.e. his love, …

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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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Look with the Eyes of Faith

As I write, it is Pentecost Sunday. This morning at the Cathedral we had five adults receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and it was a wonderful time to reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in the mystery of Salvation.
As I was addressing those to be Confirmed, I thought of a young lad who had spoken to me about his own Confirmation. He said to me: “I don’t need to receive the Holy Spirit, because I already received …

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