A Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King

Ever since my early teens I have been a pacifist. I rejected the violence of war. I disliked the title ‘Christ the King’; ‘why would Jesus want kingship’? It did not make sense to me. When a young Spiritan novice in Kilshane, Co. Tipperary, I once went on a cycle and ended up at the large statue of Christ the King overlooking the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. It was then that I experienced a re-awakening to the beauty of the natural world and the life of the Spirit within me...

A Reflection for the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

As a theology student with the Spiritans in the 1970s, I wanted to spend time exploring the Church's teaching on 'the last things'. Such a desire in a young man might have seemed odd, perhaps even a bit macabre. But it was important to me to know what the Church was saying about these ultimate questions.

A Reflection for the thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the deepest experiences I have here in Pakistan is of being part of a struggling minority. In so many ways we are on the margins of society. It enables me to see things from the bottom upwards. This is spiritually helpful but the question remains of how to deal with domination.