Archive for the ‘Great reading/audio material’ Category

Fishing in the nude…

June 14, 2013

The Apostles had been fishing all night and had caught nothing when suddenly, Christ, who is standing on the shoreline (although they do not recognise Him) encourages them to throw their nets over once more… and they catch so much that they have to call other boats to come and help them…

Considering that the Israelites were not known to be sea people, this already suggests that St Peter was rougher, tougher and braver than most…

It is while fishing that St Peter first met Christ, and it is while fishing that St Peter again meets Christ after His Resurrection.

A beautiful reflection on reunions and renewals…. and why St Peter’s decision to put on clothes before jumping in the water and swimming to Christ is such a powerful spiritual statement that goes all the way back to Genesis…—3nd-Sunday-of-Easter—The-Structure-.aspx


Psalm 130 – The “De Profundis” Prayer…

June 14, 2013


Psalm 130 – A Song of Ascents

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His Word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is loving kindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

(New American Standard Version translation)

For a truly magnificent reflection on this Psalm, drawing parallels to the Calming of the Storm Gospel passage –—12th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time—-The–.aspx.

A truly gifted speaker …

June 14, 2013

Fulton Sheen is that old school catechist instructor who speaks with a rare combination of stern authority, expert knowledge and yet a wonderful sense of humour. His story is great fun to read – who would have thought a bishop on late night tv, speaking without notes, could end up with a 10million strong viewing audience? His acceptance speech, upon winning an Emmy, is a bit of a classic – “I feel it’s time to pay tribute to my four writers; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” This is a link to some of his audio covering basic Catholic catechism… what inspires me is it’s very human accessibility… it feels like everyone can relate to what he is saying …

Tough stuff for thinking … II

June 12, 2013

A truly superb analysis and exploration of “Why we should pray” from theologian and media expert Fr Robert Barron. In this presentation, he explores four areas of prayer: (1) Adoration, (2) Petition, (3) Intercession and (4) Contemplation. Best practical overview of why we should pray I’ve heard in ages…