Where is God Now?

We live in confusing times.  Many of us find the Covid restrictions terribly hard. At one point, psychologists were saying that we are in lockdown fatigue.  Others are quite disturbed by the many disasters in our world, the earthquakes and the damaging bushfires and...

Relationship with God

That wonderfully charismatic figure, Martin Luther King, was fond of saying, “The church is the place you go out from.” Heart of Life, Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation, is a place you go out from. People come in, certainly, and are warmly welcomed, but our...

The Secrets of My Heart

When Thomas More was being led to his execution on Tower Hill in 1535, a large crowd gathered to witness. Robert Bolt’s play A Man for all Seasons portrays the scene: More’s beloved daughter Meg breaks from the crowd and rushes to embrace her father, in tears. More...

Human Relationships

We humans are instinctively relational. We are made for relationships. ‘No man is an island,’ wrote John Donne. From the very beginning, God said: ‘It is not good that man should be alone – I will make him a helper as his partner.’ (Genesis 2:18) Relationships are...

God’s Spirit in Creation

Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si (#42): Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Loud bells rang for me.  I lived near the sea for many years....

Understanding Spiritual Direction

Heart of Life calls itself a Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation. Pastoral formation is about preparing people for their pastoral ministry. But what is spiritual formation?  Something to do with preparing people inwardly, preparing one’s heart and soul, one’s...