Useful To The Church

One of the side-effects of the on-going crisis within the Church, particularly in the United States but also in various other places throughout the world, is the feeling amongst the laity that they are powerless and insignificant in the grand scheme of things –...

Pray for Bishops

“..As Christ’s vicar, each bishop has the pastoral care of the particular Church entrusted to him..”(Catechism of the Catholic Church, no.1560)   For a number of years now, the faithful have been repeatedly scandalised by the revelations of...

From The Writer’s Desk

“This is the time of Mercy!” – Pope Francis   As it is approaching the end of the year, I thought I would do something a little unusual and write (briefly) about this website itself – the reasons for it, how it came to be, and it’s...

Pray For Peace

Reading the news and keeping a close eye on world events is of great concern at the present time. The world seems to be drawing closer to a precipice, beyond which is catastrophe. Needless to say, this is of great concern to everyone, as the potential consequences of...

The Example Of Dennis

I learned today of the sudden death of an elderly gentleman in my parish. I knew him only by his first name, Dennis, and by the air of prayerfulness which emanated from him. These two told me all I needed to know. We only ever met in our parish Church, and usually we...

The Virtue of Hope

A new year is always a time to pause, to look back at what has passed already and to look forward to what is yet to come; to take stock, in other words. Sometimes, when we look back we can focus on the darker aspects of life and give less attention to the more...

New Apostolic Letter

For the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has released a new Apostolic Letter. Entitled ‘Misericordia et Misera’, it begins by painting a beautiful image of the encounter between the ‘Mercy and Misery’ of the title – the...

Misericordia et Misera

FRANCIS TO ALL WHO READ THIS APOSTOLIC LETTER MERCY AND PEACE MISERICORDIA ET MISERA is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or...