Generosity of Heart

“Holy Mother of God, intercede for us.”- Intercessions, Morning Prayer for the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord It is easy to read the Gospel account of the Annunciation and not really stop to consider what this event demanded of the Blessed Virgin...

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 this simple friar more than anything else, and which...

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 glittering gilt, they most certainly lift the senses to...

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 great hurt and anger for very many people. The content of the document...

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 to his pontificate was the name he had just chosen...

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. It means He is there. And that means we are in His presence. Every...

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...