There's something strange about the fairytale creatures of Disney Pixar's new film Onward. Mermaids relax in paddling pools, unicorns eat from dustbins, fairies have traded their wings for aeroplanes. The sad reality is that this strange reality mirrors our own world: we have traded in our identity of children of God for children of the world. Thankfully, it's not too late to reclaim our true identities.
Pray this litany to deepen your trust in God.
It’s one of the paradoxes of Christianity that we find life in death, freedom in captivity, patience in action. For St John of the Cross, his time in captivity was a period of intense growth. John didn’t just endure and suffer but spent his time meditating on the things of Heaven. His life and action serve as a guide for us.
The opium addict, the unfaithful priest, and the village hellraiser: three men venerated by the Church who prove that it's never too late - and the mess is never too big - to start again.
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When I let go of my faith at 18, I thought I saw life in full colour for the first time. But instead, it was like driving a car at full speed only to crash into a wall. Over and over again. In the end, it was one simple invitation that brought me back to the Catholic Church.