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 the Catholic Church, para.967 As a...

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 know that for her, religious faith has always been very...

Living Lent At Home

“I offer this simple book as an aid to prayer in the journey through Lent.. ..let us accompany each other with prayer.” – Father Michael Kane, Parish Priest, Saint Augustine’s Church We tend to think of the lockdown in a very negative way...

An Extended Lent

The penitential season of Lent begins today. As Catholics, we are called to fast, to pray and to give alms – all with the intention of repenting for our sins and turning back to the Lord who loves us. Lent will last for forty days and will culminate with the...

His Word To Us

“Prior to every word of ours about God, there is His word to us, His Word who continues to tell us: ‘Do not be afraid, I am with you. I am at your side and I will always be there’.” – Pope Francis   The Father is revealed to us most...

Love With Madness

From time to time, I read something – a line here  or there, as much as anything longer than this – which really sticks with me. This turned out to be one of those days. After reading the news this morning, I decided to catch up with what friends were...

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...