Breathing Mercy

7 April 2024

Easter

Breathing New Life: Reflections on Transformation and Faith in Uncertain Times Introduction Greetings, dear friends and members of our spiritual family. I am Fr Richard Healey, and today I want to share with you a reflection that has been on my heart, especially considering the tumultuous events that have unfolded in 2020. As we gather…

Acts – a reading

3 April 2024

Bible

The Acts of the Apostles; or, the Acts of King Jesus; or, the Acts of the Holy Spirit. Right click on the chapter heading to save or download the file to your device. Chapter 1 https://rmhealey.com/docs/Bible/51_Acts/Acts01.mp3 Prologue; the Ascension. I. THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM – The group of apostles; Judas is replaced Chapter 2 https://rmhealey.com/docs/Bible/51_Acts/Acts02.mp3…

Shells and Surrender

31 March 2024

Easter

A Pilgrim’s Reflections: Embracing the Journey of Faith Walking the Ancient Path Hello, dear readers and fellow pilgrims on the journey of life. I am Fr Richard Healey, and I recently had the profound experience of leading a group of pilgrims through the sacred shrines of Europe, an odyssey that culminated in the revered Camino…

Shells and Tombs

30 March 2024

Triduum

Embracing the Journey of Surrender: Lessons from the Way of Saint James As a priest and a spiritual guide, I’ve had the profound privilege of leading a group of pilgrims on a transformative journey that has left an indelible mark on my heart and faith. Today, I want to share with you the insights and…

Good Friday Commemoration

29 March 2024

Triduum

The Intersection of Person-Centered Therapy and Christian Spirituality: A Good Friday Reflection As we gather in our sacred space this Good Friday, I find myself contemplating the profound connection between the therapeutic approach known as person-centered therapy and our Christian spirituality. I am Fr Richard Healey, and today, I want to share with you some…

The Gospel of Mark – a reading

26 March 2024

Bible

Listen to Audio Bible (Mark) Watch this on YouTube The Gospel according to MARK Chapter 1. https://rmhealey.com/docs/Bible/48_Mark/Mark01.mp3 PRELUDE TO THE PUBLIC MINISTRY OF JESUS. The proclamation of John the Baptist. Jesus is baptised. Testing in the desert. THE GALILEAN MINISTRY. Jesus begins to proclaim the message. The first four disciples are called. Jesus teaches in…

The Look of Love

24 March 2024

Lent

Embracing Love and Mercy Amidst the Shadows of Betrayal and Violence As we journey through the solemn and reflective period leading up to Easter, I find myself compelled to share with you a profound experience that has deeply touched my heart and spirit. In today’s blog post, I want to take you through the same…

The New Covenant Hour

17 March 2024

Lent

Creating Space for Intimacy with God: A Lenten Reflection Tidying Up the Soul: A Journey to Spiritual Clarity An experience of delving into the essence of Lent and what it means to truly create space for intimacy with God. I share a personal narrative that I believe resonates with many of us on our faith…

A new story of love

10 March 2024

Lent

A Journey Through Libraries, Scriptures, and Divine Grace: Reflections During Lent I want to share with you the profound lessons and insights as we explored the meticulous organisation of libraries, the structure of the Old Testament, and the boundless grace and love of God during the solemn season of Lent. The Carmelite Library: A Lesson…

Blindness Overcome

10 March 2024

Lent

The Miracle of Sight: A Journey of Transformation and Faith A Sermon of Reflection and Insight The Beauty That Surrounds Us My recent experience driving through the snowy mountains was nothing short of breathtaking. The sight of the sapphire blue waters of a lake, surrounded by the deep green of the bush, was a moment…

Words of Cleansing

3 March 2024

Bible, Lent

Rediscovering the Ten Words: Declarations of Freedom and Love This is far from a simple recitation of ancient laws. Instead, we explored the profound significance of these commandments as declarations of freedom and love, especially in the context of a people emerging from the shackles of slavery. The Misconception of the Commandments It’s a common…

Sacrificing the Lamb

25 February 2024

Lent

Unpacking the Profound Lessons of Abraham and Isaac: A Journey Through Faith and Obedience As someone deeply invested in the exploration of Christian theology, I’ve always been drawn to the stories that challenge us, that compel us to look deeper into our faith and the nature of our relationship with God. I take a deep…

Wilderness Home

17 February 2024

Lent

Embracing the Wilderness: A Lenten Journey of Self-Discovery and Renewal Introduction: The Season of Transformation The Gospel story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Mark provides spiritual insights but also practical guidance for our own Lenten journeys. In this blog post, I aim to unpack the rich tapestry of themes we explored, inviting you…

Of course I want to

11 February 2024

Year B

Four years ago, if we’d read that gospel and tried to kind of get into the mindset of this leper, this person who was declared to be unclean, who had to say that out loud when he’d walk around the community, he would have to keep this long distance from everybody else – ringing a…

Telling the Right Story

3 February 2024

Year B

Unveiling the Layers of Scripture: A Journey Through Context and Wisdom Fr Richard Healey shared invaluable insights into the art of interpreting scripture, particularly focusing on the Gospel of Mark. I am excited to share with you the essence of this episode, transforming the spoken word into written wisdom, and invite you to join me…

Come to set us free

27 January 2024

Year B

Embracing Wisdom in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Reflection on Interpretation and Authority The Quest for True Intelligence Greetings, dear readers. In a recent sermon I delivered to my congregation, I found myself grappling with the extraordinary developments in artificial intelligence that have characterized our current decade. As a religious leader, I’ve always been…

Return to the Path

21 January 2024

Year B

Finding My Way Back: A Journey of Repentance and Restoration Lost in the Wilderness It was a day like any other when I decided to explore a national park, seeking solace in a less crowded area. Little did I know, this adventure would turn into a lesson about life’s path and the concept of repentance….

Come and See

14 January 2024

Year B

Encountering the Divine: A Journey from Distance to Presence A Reflection on Divine Intimacy and Community Today, I want to take you on a personal journey—a journey that delves into the essence of spiritual connection and the profound impact of community in our lives. This is not just a recount of an episode; it’s a…

Seeking Him

7 January 2024

Epiphany

Unveiling the Mysteries of the Magi A Journey of Faith and Fulfilment Today we embarked on a journey back in time to the ancient story of the Magi and their quest to find the newborn Jesus. I want to share with you the insights and lessons gleaned from this remarkable narrative. The Pilgrimage of the…

Growing in Wisdom

1 January 2024

Christmas, Solemnity

The Profound Significance of Mary in Christianity As we step into the new year, it’s a time of reflection and transformation—a time to ponder upon the words that have shaped our faith and the figures that have stood as pillars within our spiritual narratives. Today, I want to share with you insights of the significance…

Waiting in hope

31 December 2023

Christmas

Embracing the Journey: Reflections on the Feast of the Holy Family I recently had the chance to delve into a topic that resonates deeply with many of us: the essence of family and the power of faith. Fr Richard Healey offers a profound sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family, a celebration that holds…

Room for us 2

26 December 2023

Christmas

A Reflection on the Nativity Scene The Humility and Vulnerability of Jesus The birth of Jesus is a story of humility and vulnerability. Born in a manger, surrounded by animals, Jesus’ birth was far from the royal entrance one might expect for a king. This humble beginning makes Jesus more approachable and relatable. It’s a…

Room for us

24 December 2023

Christmas

The Humble Birth of Jesus: A Reflection on the Significance of Christmas The Gospel of John and the Letter to Titus As a podcaster and a spiritual guide, I recently had the opportunity to delve into the profound significance of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. During a religious service, I found myself reflecting on…

People Love

24 December 2023

Advent

Embracing the True Nature of God: A Reflection on Mary’s Encounter with Angel Gabriel Challenging the Common Perception of God As a religious leader, I often find myself questioning the common perception of God. Many people tend to view Him as grumpy and easily angered. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When God…

Make Space for Joy

17 December 2023

Advent

Finding Joy in Every Circumstance This sermon is a powerful exploration of joy, freedom, and identity. I’d like to share some of the key insights and lessons from this sermon with you. Rejoicing in the Lord Always: A Commandment and a Challenge The sermon began with a discussion of the commandment given by Paul to…

Return from Exile

10 December 2023

Advent

Finding Peace and Unity in Exile: A Reflection on Personal Hardships and Natural Disasters Introduction Today I explore the concept of exile, drawing parallels to personal hardships and natural disasters that disrupt our normal activities. This blog post is a reflection on that episode, where I discussed the historical exile of the people of Jerusalem…

Advent Hope

2 December 2023

Advent

Embracing the Season of Advent: A Journey of Hope, Sin, and Transformation Understanding the Significance of Advent As a priest and a religious leader, I often find myself answering questions about the season of Advent. Many people are confused about its significance, often drawing parallels with Lent and the traditions associated with it. However, Advent…

Jesus the king

26 November 2023

Season of Growth, Solemnity, Year A

A Journey of Understanding: Reflecting on Gospel, Grace, and Extending Love Beyond Boundaries Initial Confusion and Evolving Understanding I found myself reflecting on a particular gospel passage that has significantly shaped my understanding of Christian life. Initially, I was confused about how this passage fits into the grand scheme of my faith. I grappled with…

Bags of Gold

19 November 2023

Year A

The Power of Conversations and the Parable of Talents Fr Richard Healey shares his insights on two contrasting conversations he had with fellow priests, which was both enlightening and deeply thought-provoking. It revolved around the Gospel reading about the parable of the bags of gold, also known as the parable of talents. The Parable of…

Why oil matters

12 November 2023

Year A

A Night in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre An Unforgettable Sabbatical in Jerusalem In 2017, I embarked on a sabbatical that led me to the heart of Jerusalem, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This journey was not just a physical one, but a spiritual exploration that left an indelible mark on my…

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