Week of 1 October, 2018

One who prays much prevails much.

~ Matshona Dhliwayo ~

…there is the error of those Christians who separate the.. Gospel demands from their personal relationship with the Lord, from their interior union with him, from openness to his grace. For [the] great saints, mental prayer, the love of God and the reading of the Gospel in no way detracted from their passionate and effective commitment to their neighbours; quite the opposite.


Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 100


help me to listen
to your voice
in the midst of my busy day, so that I may
respond fully to
the demands
of the Gospel.


Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Mrs Ursula van Nierop

Ursula van Nierop was born in Germiston. After completing her schooling at the St Thomas Aquinas Convent in Witbank, she obtained a B.Nursing (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She went on to work as a midwife at the Johannesburg Hospital. In 1999, Ursula started working for the Society of Jesus as secretary to the Regional Superior. In 2005, she was appointed as the Finance Officer for the Society of Jesus in South Africa. She moved to the Jesuit Institute as the Deputy Director in 2016. Here she is involved in the day to day management of the Institute office and various projects. Ursula believes that it is the role of all to make a difference in our society, especially to those on the margins. Ursula is married to Martin and they have five children.

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