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John Sullivan SJ: A fuller account

Fr John Sullivan SJ

Fr John Sullivan SJ: a loyal servant of God 1861-1933 A short introduction to the life of Blessed John Sullivan based on the recent book by Jesuit historian Thomas Morrissey SJ, Where Two Traditions Meet, published by Columba Press. Fr Todd Morrissey SJ John Sullivan was born into a prosperous Protestant background in Victorian Dublin. Though his mother was a ...

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Week 2: Stillness exercise

I simply cannot concentrate. But perhaps complex inattention is more fruitful (although I should not be thinking in productive terms) than a rudimentary focus. It is hard to consider infinity when we experience the good Creation only in the act of detail. In any event, private prayer is impossible at church services, mostly Masses, because I am so interested in ...

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Week 2: Gospel reading

Matthew 13 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Weeds Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. ...

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Week 2: Prey

Every Christian is a heretic at heart. That is a true, if theatrical, way of stating the obvious fact that all of us have our scriptural preferences. We make selections all the time between the verses we favour and the verses we deplore; and a selection (or ‘discrimination’ in both senses, positive and negative) is what the word heresy means ...

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Week 2: Pray

Butterflies, God bless them, are deeply attracted to the smell of human urine. That is not, of course, the first word in the sciences of the botany and/or biology of the Lepidoptera order, as the sceptics might insist, and it’s not the last word, either, as the savants might exclaim. But it is a fact among many other facts, and ...

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Week 1: Gospel reading

Matthew 13 (New International Version) The Parable of the Sower That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went ...

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Week 1: Prey

I grew up between two homes and two parishes. My parents lived in Dublin and my godparents in Wicklow. So, over the years, I would have heard this parable in the city, where it was proclaimed by a D-Day veteran who had buried seventy soldiers in one day, both Allied and Axis; and I would have heard it in the ...

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Week 1: Pray

Broadcasting, which has been my job of work in a radio station for the past thirty years, understands itself, almost literally, as a form of sowing. In the last little while, however, there’s been a cost-benefit fashion for a more planned and productive ‘narrowcasting’, or for what media human resources now call niche programming. The parable of the sower and ...

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