Lectio Divina: News

Today was a Lectio Live day and so some of us were able to meet in the Centre whilst those unable to travel, took part from home.

We focussed on the readings for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.

Luke 9:51-62 Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem… I will follow you wherever you go.

Read what group members have shared with us here.

Today’s Lectio Live has been really good. It has been great to meet again in the old Tabor. One person linked it with this Gospel, noting that Tabor was the place where the Samaritans wanted to worship God. The same is true for us, although as was also pointed out, God always works in immensely better ways, opening another door for us, when one is closed.

There was discussion of Jesus’ immediate need to go to Jerusalem, the need to follow a straight path, without being distracted by other things, likewise we must also focus on the goal, we need to take one step at a time.

We prayed for all of you, especially for those who are sick or with sick loved ones. We prayed for the Xaverians; for those who suffer in any way, or anywhere beset by the devastating effects of war.

Happily, this is not our last Lectio Live; our next will be the 26th August. Please add the date to your diary. Do come and join us. All are welcome.

Lectio Divina: News

Our Lectio Group has been busy considering the readings for the Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ, Year C.

Luke 9:11-17  They all ate as much as they wanted.

You can read what they have shared with us here.

Lectio Divina: News

Sorry that this item from the 10th June did not make it into the news digest for the 12th June as a consequence of an administrative error on our part but we know you will not hold that against us.

Our Lectio Group took the readings for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday Year C.

John 16:12-15 Everything the Father has is mine: all the Spirit tells you will be taken from what is mine.

The group have kindly shared their thoughts with us here.

Lectio Divina: News

Lectio Divina for this Friday took the readings for Pentecost Year C.

John 20:19-23 As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit.

There is an official alternative Gospel which two people were minded to reflect on.

John 14:15-16, 23-26 The Holy Spirit will teach you everything.

Read what the group found in the readings here.

Lectio Divina: News

We had a smaller group today as some of our normal participants were on holiday. Nevertheless, we remember the words of the Lord  ‘For where two or three gather in My Name, there am I among them.’ Mathew 18:20

We considered the reading for the Seventh Sunday in Easter Year C.

John 17:20-26  May they be completely one.

You can find our comments and thoughts here.

Some people may find strange that this is not the Gospel of the Ascension of the Lord. The reason is that Catholics in England and Wales, at least, celebrated the Ascension of the Lord last Thursday, as was traditionally celebrated, though for some years it was moved to the nearest Sunday. As far as I know, the Church of England does the same thing.

If somebody wants to try the Gospel of the Ascension of the Lord, it is:

Luke 24:46-53 As he blessed them he was carried up to heaven.

Prayers

In our prayers we remembered very especially those sick, and those who died recently, and we prayed for Peace in the world.

Prayer for Uvalde  (by ISN, Ignatian Solidarity Network)

Recognizing that the children and teachers are with God, in solidarity with the suffering people of Uvalde, Texas, please pray:

  • For the parents and families in their grief.
  • For care and healing for surviving classmates, teachers, and administrators.
  • For those prone to violence, that they be stopped before they act, seek help when needed, and experience a lasting change of heart and mind that exists in love and peace.
  • For local and national leaders to act in common-sense ways that limit gun access to those who might harm innocent life.
  • For the entire country, USA, that they work together to develop real solutions that build peaceful and healthy individuals, families, and communities, so schools, places of worship, and all other public gathering spaces are safely inhabited.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, we are your humble servants.
We come before you today in need of hope.
We pray for serenity and joy that overcome trouble and tragedy.
We pray for love and kindness that overcome hatred and hostility.
We pray for peace and safety for all our children, everywhere.
While today seems very dark and full of anguish,
We pray to be filled with your light and your peace
And to share that light and peace with others.
Help us live in hope that you will restore us.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.

Lectio Divina: News

John 14:23-29  The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you.

It was a beautiful day in Lectio Live this morning; as always, a gift, a blessing, a grace.
We prayed for you all; and very especially for those sick themselves or their loved ones.

May the Peace of the Lord with you always.

For those unable to join in with Lectio at the Centre we had Lectio Online.

You can find the contributions from our Lectio Online group here.

Website: News

After a rather sparse set of posts last week I am pleased to say that we are now safely home and back on top of things – normal service is resumed.

On the way home we saw some of the wonders of the world we are set in.
(Hint: when watching the video go to full screen if you can work out how to on your browser.)

“God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.”

Update: XIV Regional Chapter

Dear friends, as you may know, from the 25th -29th of April, the Xaverian Community in the UK held the XIV Regional Chapter in Coatbridge.

We were fortunate to have the presence of the Congregation’s Vicar General, Fr. Mario Mula, s.x. and the General Councilor Fr. Javier Peguero, s.x.

The theme of our Chapter was “Towards a Sustainable Mission and Presence in the UK today.” We looked at various components of our mission in the UK reflecting on Community Lifestyle, Financial Sustainability, Missional Activism and Structures. We also elected our new leadership team. Frs. Patrick Duffy, s.x. (Regional Superior), Jim Clarke, s.x. (Vice Regional), John Convery, s.x., Ian Bathgate, s.x and Steve McKend, s.x (Councilors).

At the next Mass, on Saturday June 4th, 2022 at 4pm we will share more of the outcomes of the Chapter. We wish to thank you for your constant support of us in this Province and ask that you keep us in your prayers as we move forward.

Lectio Divina: News

Our Lectio Group have been considering the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Easter Year C. John 13:31-35  I give you a new commandment: love one another.

You can read the group’s contributions here.

PS: Please, let’s keep on praying for peace.