The Path of St Joseph

The Gospels tell us very little, in real terms, about the life of Saint Joseph. Unlike so many of the other great Saints of the Church, we have no available biographies detailing every aspect of his life, his sayings and so forth. And yet despite this, Saint Joseph is...

No King But Caesar

“‘Do you want me to crucify your king?’ said Pilate. The Chief Priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar'” John 19:15      EDITORIAL This line from the Gospel of Saint John, at the beginning of the Passion account, illustrates the...

The Domestic Church

For several days now, I have been thinking about how best to write this piece. It follows the most recent closure of the Churches and other places of worship in Scotland and from the various discussions which have followed this, especially those discussions which...

Gifts of the Epiphany

‘Epiphany’ means ‘revelation’ or ‘sudden realisation’. In terms of the feast commemorating the adoration of the Magi (or ‘Wise Men’) before the Christ Child, it refers to the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles, personified here in the persons of the three Wise...

Mary, Mother of God

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us”(John 1:14)   This beautiful feast of the Divine Maternity, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, reminds us of one of the four Catholic dogmas relating to the Blessed Virgin (the others being Her perpetual...

Cancelling Christmas

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.. a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Lk.2:10-12)   We have heard a lot recently about the idea of ‘cancelling Christmas’. In saying this, people...

Virgin of Guadalupe

“I desire you to know who I am. I am the Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence… All those who sincerely ask for My help in their work and in their sorrow will know My Mother’s Heart in this place. For I...

Apostle of the Two Hearts

“You must never separate what God has so perfectly united. So closely are Jesus and Mary bound up with each other that whoever beholds Jesus sees Mary; whoever loves Jesus, loves Mary; whoever has devotion to Jesus, has devotion to Mary.” – St John Eudes   In her...

With A Father’s Heart

Yesterday was the 15oth anniversary of the dedication of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Catholic Church. To celebrate this anniversary, our Holy Father Pope Francis unexpectedly announced the commencement of a Holy Year – the Year of Saint Joseph. Pope...