By Peter Steele SJ
For many years, Peter Steele has given the Sunday homily, whether at Newman College in Melbourne University, Australia, or in the chapel of Georgetown University, Washington, USA, or wherever else he may be, each one meticulously crafted. Both practical and accessible, his words demonstrate a striking capacity to understand the great truths. They offer a feast of insight, tackling questions and issues which confront us all.
These homilies cover an extraordinary range of subjects, from Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons to Shakespeare’s Richard II; from the story of the Prodigal Son to the image of Neil Armstrong first stepping on to the moon; from Albert Camus to what it means to say ‘Yes’ to the Creed; from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels to St Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians; from a small travel agency named Please Go Away to the nature of heaven. No matter what the topic, Peter Steele offers bread we can take away with us for the journey, words to help us navigate a right path in our lives.
Bread for the Journey
Peter Steele sj has a Personal Chair in English at
the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he has taught for many years. He was the Provincial Superior of the Australian Jesuits from 1985 to 1990. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta,
Georgetown University and Loyola University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His publications
include three books of poetry, Word from Lilliput, (1973),
Marching on Paradise (1984) and Invisible Riders (1999).
He has also published Jonathan Swift: Preacher and Jester
(1978), Expatriates: Reflections on Modern Poetry (1985), The
Autobiographical Passion: Studies on the Self on Show (1989) and
Peter Porter (1992), together with many poems and articles
on literature and the broader culture.