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About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.

Vijñānabhairava-tantra

A series of refections on select verses.

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Poems, assorted

Here are some of the many poems compose over many years.

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Conferences, 2000-2020

What follows is the papers delivered at many conference in Australia and overseas.

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1958-2003, “A Long Journey”

“A Long Journey”,  It has been a long journey. When I first entered religious life all seemed clear and set. Only one week earlier, however, John XXIIII announced his decision to call the Second Vatican Council. The years that followed … Continue reading

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1999, Pureté et puissance, Dimanche de la Passion, Victorian-Mauritian Pastoral Council

Victorian-Mauritian Pastoral Council St Mary’s, East St Kilda, Dimanche de la Passion, 1999 Pureté et puissance « Quand Jésus entra dans Jérusalem, »  Matthieu 21:l0 Jésus descend le Mont des Oliviers alors que la foule l’entoure et l’acclame. Il voit la Ville … Continue reading

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2003, SBS-Radio, On n’écoute pas les prophètes ! Pâques

SBS-Radio Pâques, 2003 On n’écoute pas les prophètes ! Le Pape Jean-Paul II a dit souvent et clairement qu’une guerre contre l’Iraq en les circonstances actuelles serait injuste. Tous les chefs de toutes les Églises ont enseigné la même chose. Ils … Continue reading

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2000, SBS-Radio, Pâques, Le tombeau vide

SBS-Radio Pâques, 2000 Le tombeau vide J’étais assis un soir à Jérusalem dans la Basilique du Saint Sépulcre, devant le tombeau de Jésus. Cet espace, rempli pendant le jour par les pèlerins venus du monde entier, était maintenant calme et … Continue reading

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1986, Radio 3EA, Good Friday

RADIO 3 EA Good Friday 1986 N’est-il pas curieux que le symbole du Christianisme soit une croix, un instrument de mort affreuse? Les flèches d’Europe l’élèvent au ciel. Les rois ceignaient les diadèmes décorés de croix d’or. La croix est … Continue reading

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Noreen O’Meara, Homily at the Funeral Mass, 2000

Noreen O’Meara, Homily at the Funeral Mass Stella Maris, Beaumaris, 27 October, 2000 “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on … Continue reading

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Messe du Père Laval 2000, Les lettres de Jacques Désiré Laval et les ‘béatitudes’.

Messe du Père Laval 2000 St John Vianney’s, North Springvale Les lettres de Jacques Désiré Laval et les ‘béatitudes’. Le premier mot du premier sermon de Jésus dans le premier évangile, celui de Sant Matthieu, est le mot « bienheureux. » C’est … Continue reading

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Messe du Père Laval 2000, The Shroud of Turin

Messe du Père Laval 2000 St John Vianney, North Springvale The Shroud of Turin The Mauritian community as a whole and in particular the Victorian Mauritian Pastoral Council are to be congratulated. It is no simple matter to mount an … Continue reading

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Homily at the wedding of Xavier Vandame and Kendra Dugay, 2000

  Homily at the wedding of Xavier Vandame and Kendra Dugay Our Lady of Lourdes, Armadale, 19 February, 2000 Fr John Dupuche PP Celebrant Kendra and Xavier, you have invited us to come to your wedding and to share in … Continue reading

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2000, French-Australian Association Mass, St Patrick’s Cathedral, L’ambition

French-Australian Association Mass 2000 St Patrick’s Cathedral L’ambition « Il n’en est pas ainsi parmi vous. Au contraire, si quelqu’un veut être grand parmi vous, qu’il soit votre serviteur. Et si quelqu’un veut être le 1er parmi vous, qu’il soit l’esclave … Continue reading

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Annie O’Neill, Homily at the Funeral Mass, 27 October, 2000

Annie O’Neill, Homily at the Funeral Mass 27 October, 2000 St Joseph’s, Black Rock Every time Sheila went to see Annie at the assisted accommodation home, Annie would say, ‘Take me home’. How that must have torn at Sheila’s heart … Continue reading

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2002, Devant l’Enfant nous retrouvons notre enfance. SBS, Message de Noël

ZZZ 2002 Message de Noël Devant l’Enfant nous retrouvons notre enfance. Les anges chantent « Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux et paix sur la terre a ceux qu’il aime. » Mais le monde actuel semble dépourvu de paix. Les … Continue reading

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2001. Elle a chuchoté les mots ‘paix, amour’. ZZZ. Message de Pâques.

ZZZ 11 avril, 2001 Message de Pâques Elle a chuchoté les mots ‘paix, amour’. Je pense à une dame de la paroisse qui est morte avant-hier matin. Elle a connu la joie et la souffrance. Au moment de mourir elle … Continue reading

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1998. Quelle est la lumière qu’il a fait briller en nous ? Messe du Victorian Mauritian Pastoral Council

Messe du Victorian Mauritian Pastoral Council Veille de Noël 1998 St Mary’s, East St Kilda Quelle est la lumière qu’il a fait briller en nous ? En ces jours-là parut un édit de l’empereur Auguste ordonnant de recenser toute la terre. … Continue reading

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1998. On sait que la vie n’est pas absurde. SBS-Radio. Message de Noël.

SBS-Radio 1998 Message de Noël On sait que la vie n’est pas absurde. On dit que la France est le pays le plus visité du monde. Soixante-sept millions de touristes chaque année. Et de tous les lieux de ce beau … Continue reading

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1998. Vous êtes bienheureux. Messe du Père Laval

Messe du Père Laval 13 Septembre, 1998 St John Vianney, Mulgrave Vous êtes bienheureux. Je vous regarde, gens de Maurice, et je vois chez vous une franchise, une courtoisie, une joie qui me touchent. Vous un avez un sens spirituel, … Continue reading

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1998, Ne soyons donc pas muets ! SBS-Radio, Message de Pâques

SBS-Radio 1998 Message de Pâques Ne soyons donc pas muets ! Très souvent depuis ces derniers mois, depuis même des années, on critique sévèrement Pie Douze qui était pape pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. On le critique à cause de son … Continue reading

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Le Millenium, Messe du Victorian Mauritian Pastoral Council, 1999

Messe du Victorian Mauritian Pastoral Council 24 décembre, 1999 St Mary’s, East St Kilda Le Millenium Partout dans le monde les gens se préparent à célébrer le millenium. Le champagne sera bu en quantité record, il y aura feux d’ … Continue reading

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L’homme de foi réconcilie tout ce qui est ennemi. French-Australian Association, 2002

French-Australian Association 2002 St Patrick’s Cathedral L’homme de foi réconcilie tout ce qui est ennemi. Qui connait l’histoire sait bien que les rapports entre l’Église et l’État n’ont pas toujours été des plus faciles. Cela fut toujours le cas. Dans … Continue reading

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L’homme n’est pas sauvé s’il est sauvé par autre que l’homme. French-Australian Association, Mass, 1989

French-Australian Association 1989 St Patrick’s Cathedral L’homme n’est pas sauvé s’il est sauvé par autre que l’homme. L’année passée nous avons célébré le bicentenaire de la colonisation européenne de l’Australie. Cette année-ci nous célébrons le bicentenaire de la révolution française. … Continue reading

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L’amour est plus fort que la mort. Radio 3EA, Pâques, 1992

Radio 3EA 1992 Message de Pâques L’amour est plus fort que la mort. Le nom de Nelson Mandela est bien connu. Il a passé sa vie à lutter contre l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud. Il fut emprisonné pendant vingt-sept ans. … Continue reading

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L’homme est juste ou il n’existe pas. French-Australian Association, Mass, 1995

French-Australian Association 1995 St Patrick’s Cathedral L’homme est juste ou il n’existe pas. Il y a presque vingt ans j’ai fait un voyage en Chine. C’était tout juste quelques mois après le renvoi de la Bande des Quatre. On nous … Continue reading

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L’amour nous rend fort et faible à la fois, SBS Radio,Noël, 1995

SBS Radio, 1995 Message de Noël L’amour nous rend fort et faible à la fois. Ces derniers jours, la ville de Bethlehem fut remise aux Palestiniens. Les soldats Israël s’en sont décampé. Avant eux, c’était les anglais, et avant eux, … Continue reading

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Dieu aime ; donc il s’abaisse, SBS Radio, Pâques, 1996

SBS Radio, 1996 Message de Pâques Dieu aime ; donc il s’abaisse. L’ année passée j ‘étais en Inde. Un soir, oisif, je flânais dans la rue et je suis entré dans la cour d’une école. Un professeur m’a abordé et … Continue reading

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Émerveillement et bonheur ineffable, SBS Radio, Pâques, 1999

SBS Radio, 1999 Message de Pâques Un moment saint, d’émerveillement et de bonheur ineffable. Des cinquante-deux semaines de l’année, une seule est dénommée sainte, celle qui va du Dimanche des Rameaux au Dimanche de Pâques. Pour les chrétiens c’est la … Continue reading

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Le Grand Jubilée de l’an 2000, ZZZ, Mauritian Radio, Noël 1999

ZZZ, Mauritian Radio, 21 décembre 1999 Le jubilée de l’an 2000 Dans quelques jours, à Rome, la veille de noël, le Pape Jean-Paul va inaugurer le Grande Jubilée de l’an deux mille en ouvrant la Porte Sainte à Saint Pierre … Continue reading

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Le silence, SBS Radio, Noël,1999

SBS Radio, 24 décembre,1999 Message de noël Le silence Je reviens justement de l’Inde où j’ai assisté à une réunion entre les Bouddhistes, les Chrétiens et les Hindous. Pendant six jours nous avons abordé un sujet de grand intérêt, c’est-à-dire … Continue reading

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Dieu aime sans juger, French Australian Association Mass, 1996

French-Australian Association 26 Octobre, 1996 St Patrick’s Cathedral Dieu aime sans juger. Vous connaissez les circonstances de l‘épisode de l’évangile d’aujourd’hui. Jésus est fatigué. Il s’assied au bord d’un puits. Les rayons du soleil dardent. C’est midi. Une Samaritaine vient … Continue reading

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La préférence envers les plus pauvres, Messe du Père Laval, 1999

Messe du Père Laval 12 Septembre, 1999 St John Vianney, Mulgrave La préférence envers les plus pauvres Vous avez beaucoup de chance, vous les Mauriciens, parce que votre saint vous a touché le cœur. Il a su vous remplir l’ esprit. … Continue reading

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Autobiography, at Mass, 29 January 1989, East Doncaster

Opening Address SS Peter and Paul’s, East Doncaster, 29 January, 1989 An autobiography: external details My name if Fr John Dupuche. I have been appointed as your new parish priest, in succession to Fr Hally. It is appropriate I think, … Continue reading

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Yvette Gair et ses enfants, Emmanuelle et Christopher, funeral homily

Yvette Gair et ses enfants, Emmanuelle et Christopher Aux obsèques, 3 January, 1988 Church of the Holy Redeemer, Surrey Hills, Melbourne,   Homélie Ne soyez pas tristes. Certainement, de nos cœurs les larmes couleront. Il faut pleurer. Il faut beaucoup … Continue reading

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Jacques Vauzelles, funeral homily

Jacques Vauzelles Aux obsèques, 24 séptembre 1986 St Finbar’s, East Brighton, Melbourne Homélie Jacques Vauzelle était soldat de profession. Originaire de Lyons, il s’établit définitivement en ce pays des antipodes. Il a connu la jungle du Vietnam et les déserts … Continue reading

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Simon Owen, Funeral Mass, Homily

Simon John Owen Funeral Mass, 17 October 1995 SS Peter and Paul’s, East Doncaster, Homily Today is a taste of summer in its warmth. Today we will lay to rest Simon who brought light to the day. It is not … Continue reading

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Merle Gent, Funeral Mass, homily

Merle Gent Funeral Mass, 20 May, 1999 Corpus Christi, Glenroy,  Homily Merle came to morning Mass regularly over many years, through summer and winter, rain and wind. This is remarkable and is an indication of something profound in her nature. … Continue reading

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Guerrina Crulli, Funeral Mass, homily, 28 July 1999

Guerrina Crulli, Funeral Mass, 28 July, 1999 Corpus Christi, Glenroy Homily Although Guerrina, our sister, had been ill for so long, her death, when finally it came, was a shock. It was like coming face to face all of a … Continue reading

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Covenant  of my life, Notre Dame Abbey, Tarrawarra, February 1973

Covenant  of my life                  Notre Dame Abbey, Tarrawarra, February 1973 That day, on the paddock outside the old cottage at Tarrawarra, in the sun, as the wind blew light and cool in … Continue reading

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A turning point,  an illumination, 10 August, 1969, Tübingen, Germany.

A turning point,  an illumination, 10 August, 1969,   Tübingen, Germany. On the anniversary of  my Confirmation at St Joseph’s Elsternwick Hear what the Lord has done for me, how he has shown me his face. For, one night, impelled by … Continue reading

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Requiem Mass for Danielle Murphy, died at 6 weeks through ‘cot death’.

Requiem Mass for Danielle Murphy died at 6 weeks, through ‘cot death’. Hoppers Crossing, 5 January1989 “Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Isaiah 25:8 Do not be sad. Let the tears flow from your hearts, but … Continue reading

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THE RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST

RESURRECTION Neither nails hold, nor time, nor tomb. Having entered darkest night, with the stone rolled shut, Light inaccessible is your domain, Oh Nazarene!   The passing forms of a whirling world cannot define you. Your flesh, so vulnerable, is … Continue reading

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Two Sydney Poems

THE GARDEN                               Sydney, May 1985 Where fires have raged, where droughts have desiccated the land, where floods have washed away all hope, with sun beating … Continue reading

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First Sermon,   Loyola College, Watsonia, 2 October, 1959

First Sermon,                       Loyola College, Watsonia, 2 October, 1959 It was ‘preached’ in the refectory during a meal with some 15 novices and 20 scholastics and 5 priests. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” … Continue reading

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From the Northern Territory – 4 poems

AUGUST 1977                                                 AT KATHERINE GORGE The rocks, adamantine, hard, there since eternal times, set fast! How wonderful, how marvelous! Hard, rock hard!   Ah! to be rock, firm, immovable, beyond time, like flint, unflinching because the choice has been … Continue reading

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FIVE LONGWOOD POEMS, on my first summer at East Longwood near Euroa

FIVE LONGWOOD POEMS, on my first summer at East Longwood near Euroa   1980                                                The rocks, millennial, are there, touched by every force and weathered, bearing the touch of every season, real, eternal. Oh, to be rock!   1980 … Continue reading

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Métamorphoses – poèmes en temps de désarroi

METAMORPHOSES   1966                                         Que m’importe les feuillets et les bouquins qui m’entourent, et ces notes, fruits de mes yeux brulés? Je fabrique les pétales qu’on lancera sur ma tombe pour m’enfouir. Vanité des livres ! Seul l’homme est la … Continue reading

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Sabbatical, 1987, California, Italy, Egypt, India,

Most Rev. T.F. Little, Archbishop of Melbourne, Diocesan Centre, EAST MELBOURNE Longwood, 31 December, 1987 Your Grace, My year of study leave has now drawn to a close. It is appropriate that you should receive a brief report on the events and on the … Continue reading

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Sin and Grace; Commentary on some verses of  St Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Sin and Grace; Commentary on some verses of                                                St Paul’s Letter to the Romans Year 1, Week … Continue reading

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FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH,  Commentary on some verses from The Books of Maccabees

FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH                                                                           … Continue reading

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CULTURAL IMPERIALISM,   commentary on some verses from the Book of Daniel

CULTURAL IMPERIALISM,                                                                            commentary … Continue reading

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Teachings on love; commentaries on some verses from the First Letter of St John

TEACHINGS ON LOVE                  commentaries on some verses from the First Letter of St John   30 December                               … Continue reading

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‘The Spreading Fragrance’ A commentary on some verses from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

‘The Spreading Fragrance’ A commentary on some verses from                                     St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians   Year 2, Week 28, Thursday                             … Continue reading

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Flesh and spirit, commentary on some texts of St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

‘Flesh and spirit’,                                                         commentary on some texts of St Paul’s Letter to … Continue reading

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Love never ends, commentaries on 1 Corinthians

Love never ends, commentaries on 1 Corinthians Year 2, Week 21, Thursday                                           Glenroy 1976 Fellowship “God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”    1 Cor 1:9 From the beginning … Continue reading

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A new heart, a new spirit, – commentaries on Ezekiel

New heart, new spirit, commentaries on Ezekiel Year 2 , Week 19, Monday                                      Glenroy 1976 The freedom of God “On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of … Continue reading

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A Covenant in the Heart, commentaries on Jeremiah

A New Covenant, commentaries on Jeremiah Year 2, Week 16, Wednesday                                   Glenroy 1976 Power of the Word “Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,“Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I … Continue reading

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Holy Holy Holy! Isaiah 1, commentaries

Holy Holy Holy! Isaiah 1, commentaries Year 2, Week 14, Saturday                                       Hoppers Crossing, 1988 God is Holy “ And one called to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory.””          Isaiah 6:3 The holiness … Continue reading

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Japa, recitation

Recitation (japa) summary of a teaching given by John Dupuche at the Interfaith Ashram, Warburton, January 2015 A mantra is a word or phrase or sentence, a ‘vocable’, something that is said. The term ‘mantra’ comes from two elements, ‘man’ from manas which means ‘mind’ and the suffix … Continue reading

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My house in Warburton, Australia

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Halloween, All Saints and All Souls

The three celebrations – Halloween, All Saints and All Souls – are interconnected. Let me explain. The word ‘Halloween’ means ‘evening’ (‘een’) of ‘hallow’ which is an old English word meaning ‘saint’. Thus ‘Halloween’ means ‘the day before All Saints … Continue reading

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BLESSING AND CURSING, reflections on verses from the Twelve Minor Prophets

BLESSING AND CURSING, reflections on verses from the Twelve Minor Prophets   Year 1, Week 25, Monday                                          Glenroy 1977 The true temple of the Lord “Any of those among you who are of his people—may their God be with … Continue reading

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Glory and Infamy of the Kings: some reflections on Samuel 1&2, and Kings 1&2

Glory and Infamy of the Kings: some reflections on Samuel 1&2, and Kings 1&2   Year 2, Week 1, Wednesday                                     Glenroy 1978 “At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not … Continue reading

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Launch of ‘Enlightenment and Tantra, Hindus and Christians in Dialogue’, 6 May 2019, at the Gregorian University, Rome

On 6 May 2019 at the Gregorian University, Rome, I launchd the book Enlightenment and Tantra, Hindus and Christians in Dialogue.             (Bryan Lobo SJ ed.) Documenta Missionalia 39.                   … Continue reading

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‘Do not be afraid’, Commentary on some verses from Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

‘DO NOT BE AFRAID’ Commentary on some verses from Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy Year 1, Week 17, Friday                                Glenroy 1975 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord that … Continue reading

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Exodus, ‘The great liberation’, Commentaries on verses from the Book of Exodus

Exodus, ‘The great liberation’, Commentaries on verses from the Book of Exodus Year 1, Week 15, Monday                                                   Glenroy 1977 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The … Continue reading

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‘From glory to glory’, 2 Corinthians, commentary on select verses

‘From glory to glory’, 2 Corinthians, commentary on select verses Year 1, Week 10, Monday                                       Glenroy 1977 “the sufferings of Christ abound in us”         2 Corinthians 1:5 The suffering of Christ is not locked up and individualistic. It is a … Continue reading

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The Patriarchal History, commentary on select verses from Genesis 12-46

Genesis 12-46: commentary on select verses. Salvation history: the Patriarchs   Year 1, Week 12, Monday                              Glenroy 1975 “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will … Continue reading

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A Jewish Family in 3rd cent. BCE,  Reflections on verses from the Book of Tobit

A Jewish Family in 3rdcent. BCE,  Reflections on verses from the Book of Tobit  Year 1, Week 9, Monday                                                                  Glenroy 1977 Tobit 1.1; 2.1-8 What is good grows. What is good wishes to excel itself. But the only way to … Continue reading

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Good and evil, grace and sin: commentary on select verses from Genesis 1-11

Good and evil, grace and sin: commentary on select verses from Genesis 1-11 Year 1, Week 5, Monday                                                     Glenroy 1977 “God said: ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.”   Genesis 1:3 God does not engage in some complex process … Continue reading

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