UK Day of Reflection

Yesterday, the United Kingdom held a national 'Day of Reflection' in memory of all those who have died so far because of the COVID19 pandemic - yesterday was the first anniversary of the UK going...

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Holy Submission

It is quite possible that when we think about the great Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, the first word that comes to mind is "stigmata" - this is, after all, the single thing which perhaps drew crowds to...

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A Deeper Look

It's hard to deny the beauty of many of the Catholic churches across the world - and especially those of a particular era. Filled with carved marble, exquisite statuary, beautiful stained glass and...

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An Un-Asked Question

From viewing online media over the last few days, it is abundantly clear that the broad response to the recent document released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been one of...

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Spiritual Pruning

Recently I wrote about the spiritual struggle I have experienced over the last few years, and I wrote this as part of that article - "And so, the only thing I can really think to do is to focus on...

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The Pope of Mercy

Eight years ago this evening we first met the new Holy Father, Pope Francis, when he stepped out onto the loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica. Although we didn't know him at that moment, our first clue...

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A Crown of Thorns

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5)   When I pray the third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary - the Crowning...

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A Constant Light

The Sanctuary Lamp has always fascinated me. This litle red lamp which is found near the Tabernacle of every single Catholic Church signifies the Eucharistic Presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle....

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An Interior Struggle

People often speak about the particular things which they consider as identifying them in some way; it may be a particular political belief or a special hobby for which they have a great interest,...

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The Lady’s Day

"By Her complete adherence to the Father's will, to His Son's redemptive work, and to every promptingof the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity." - Catechism of...

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A Troubled Heart

Recently I spoke with a friend I have not seen in a few years. She's a lovely woman and from a very strong Catholic family - some of her sisters are nuns and some of her brothers are priests. And I...

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A Friday Pause

While the whole of Lent leads us toward the events of Good Friday and all that will follow, the Fridays of Lent are a special day of reflection upon the Passion and Death of the Lord. The Church...

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