Reflections

Prayer and conversion

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Rev Laurence Freeman OSB

Conversion is at the heart of all authentic religious experience. Inauthentic religious experience denotes a use of religion—scripture, ritual, belief or collective identity—that effectively blocks the transformation process that is initiated when consciousness opens to God as source and ground of being.  

The forgotten pope and the Christmas truce

Thursday 19 November 2019

Nathan Rawlins
 
With the outbreak of the First World War, Pope St Pius X was said to have died of a broken heart. Following his death, the College of Cardinals elected Archbishop Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa, who was only 59 to the Papacy. The new pope—who had only been a cardinal for a few months—took the name Benedict XV and faced a world at war on such a scale it was deemed ‘The War to End All Wars’. 
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