Homilies tagged with ‘poetry’

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Mystical Moments

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Today I want to say a few words about the mystery, awe and wonder of the mystical. Often a neglected part of Christian life, mysticism can be an amazing way to experience the Divine in the deepest part of our being. This can happen anywhere, at any time. In fact, both Scripture readings reveal the […]

Remembering with Hope

Let me tell you a story by Mulla Nasruddin a 13th cent visionary Sufi and mystic jester from Akshehir in Turkey. His teaching stories reveal the paradoxes of conditioned living with humor. THE ROYAL PIGEON Mulla Nasruddin became prime minister to the king. Once while he wandered through the palace, he saw a royal falcon. […]

The True Self

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“Anything less than the death of the False self is useless religion. The False Self must die for the True Self to live or, as Jesus himself puts it,” Unless the I go, the Spirit cannot come” (John 16;7) Richard Rohr There were two monks living about 100 years ago. Everywhere they went they saw people […]

Immortal Diamond

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In Richard Rohr’s marvelous book, “IMMORTAL DIAMOND, the Search for our true self” (Richard for those who may not know is a Franciscan priest and author of many books). He tells a story about a young couple putting their newborn in the nursery for the night. Their four year old son said to them “I […]

Knowing God as a living reality

            Peter  Breen was a Wesleyan Methodist minister for 20 years – 11 years in Bundaberg, 7 years at Everton Hills and 2 years in Melbourne. He is the co-founder and Director of Jugglers Art Space in the Valley, Brisbane. Peter usually attends the 5 o’clock liturgy with his wife […]

The Oneness Of All

  One of the things I love about our St Mary’s liturgy is how the theme of “oneness of all” flows through the prayers and songs.  I find the words of the songs echo through my mind and spirit throughout the week. A few weeks ago, I had an experienced that clarified for me the […]

Transfiguration

TRANSFIGURATION HOMILY (Luke 9, 28-36) Jesus’ disciples frequently fail to understand what Jesus was on about.  They get it so wrong at times.  Peter in particular tends to put his foot in it and I suspect James only understood what following Jesus meant when he was executed in Jerusalem some 11 years later. Together with […]