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Apostle of the Apostles

“..It is not easy, it is not obvious to accept the life of the Risen Christ and His presence among us .. Mary Magdalene weeps, she sees Him but does not recognize Him, she only realizes that it is Jesus when He calls her by name .. Like Mary Magdalene, we need to hear...

I Believe

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on earth?” (Lk.18:8)   This was always one of those Gospel quotations which I used to wonder about as I didn’t understand it – and I’m not sure that I do now. How can it be that there might be no faith left...

The Precious Blood

During the Jubilee of Mercy a few years ago, I had the privilege of being in Rome. During my time there, I visited many great and beautiful basilicas, filled with astonishing paintings and sculptures, many of them probably priceless. And yet, none of these moved me in...

A Flickering Flame

“I am the Good Shepherd .. I lay down My life for My sheep.”John 10: 14,15 A short while ago, I read a tweet from one of the American Bishops. In it, he said – “Got a letter recently from a lifelong Catholic announcing their departure from the...

What And Who

Throughout his pontificate so far, the Holy Father Pope Francis has repeatedly and consistently spoken about the need all of have for ‘encounter’ with the Lord – the need to be touched by Him and by His divine grace precisely where we are at this...

Christ in the Gospels

“Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father”Jn. 14:9   The greatest joy about being Catholic is in knowing Christ, and in that knowing, having a real, living and personal relationship with Him. One of the great perils of the spiritual life is knowing ‘about’ Christ,...

The Glass Chapel

“God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.. He remains among us until the end of the world..” (St Maximilian Kölbe) Carfin Grotto is the national Scottish shrine in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Therese of the Child Jesus, built by the...

Days of the Eucharist

I’m convinced that something amazing has happening in the Church. Despite all the tales of woe and despair and things going from bad to worse in both the Church and the world – even before the pandemic struck – still something incredible was taking place....

The Joy of Faith

“I have told you this so that My own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.” (Jn.15:11)   Catholics could sometimes rightly be accused of appearing miserable. Indeed, Christians more broadly – including we Catholics – are often accused of...
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