The Great Council

Over the last few evenings, I’ve been watching a ten-part series about the Second Vatican Council, which took place at the Vatican between 1962 and late 1965, spanning four sessions in the autumn of each of those years. The Council, convoked by Pope John XXIII, was...

One Church In Prayer

“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with.. Mary, the Mother of Jesus..” (Acts 1:14)   The Holy Father had asked the Church to pray the Rosary throughout the month of May for an end to the pandemic and to ask the intercession of the...

A Visit From Mary

Image: “The Visitation,” Jacopo da Pontormo. (© Antonio Quattrone, Florence/Getty)    I often wonder at how very blessed Elizabeth was, that the Mother of the Lord should visit her – and not just visit, but remain with her for three whole months. And...

God As Relationship

“All glory belongs to You, Holy Trinity, one God, before all ages, now and forever.”- Antiphon, Evening Prayer I, feast of the Most Holy Trinity   Unlike all the other feasts of the Catholic Church, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity is the feast of God...

Signs Of The Times

For a while recently, I have found it a great struggle to look at the online Catholic world and still retain my peace of spirit. While there is much that is good, there is also a great deal that is not ‘good’; and while there are many individuals whose...

A Little Lectio

“For the word of God is living and active” (Heb.4:12) Yesterday, I wrote about my personal experience of A Simple Faith and how, over the years, it has maintained a fairly straight-forward form during that time. In essence, it consists of the sacramental life of the...

A Pattern of Challenge

“The practice of faith within the community of the Catholic Church may not be among those priorities”- Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales A few days ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) released a document...

Novena to St Joseph

In this holy year dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Motherwell has produced a wonderful and very beautiful little book dedicated to the Saint. The intention of the book is specifically for the praying of a novena in...

Francis – Homily on Mercy

HOLY MASS ON THE LITURGICAL FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Church of Santo Spirito in SassiaSecond Sunday of Easter, 11 April 2021   “The risen Jesus appeared to the disciples on several occasions. He patiently soothed their...