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Novena to St Joseph

In this holy year dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Motherwell has produced a wonderful and very beautiful little book dedicated to the Saint. The intention of the book is specifically for the praying of a novena in...

UK Day of Reflection

Yesterday, the United Kingdom held a national ‘Day of Reflection’ in memory of all those who have died so far because of the COVID19 pandemic – yesterday was the first anniversary of the UK going into full lockdown. At noon, the nation stopped for...

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...

Way, Truth and Life

“‘Truth?’ said Pilate. ‘What is that?'”John 18: 38   Pope Benedict reminded us that “man’s unique grandeur is ultimately based on his capacity to know the truth”. The search for truth is something which is written...

Christmas Day 2020

Image: ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ – Edward Burne-Jones, 1904 For many, this year has been characterised more than anything by isolation, loneliness, separation and anxiety. Even this Christmas Day will be celebrated in a way that we are not used to...

Light On The Horizon

When my phone pings very early in the morning, it usually announces the arrival of bad news of some sort. But that wasn’t the case today – instead, it was very good news indeed.  Thank God, the United Kingdom awoke to the news that regulatory approval has...

The Life Of Fr Mychal Judge

11 September 2001 is memorable for one single reason – the terrible attacks upon America which took place that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. It is a day the world will never forget and it showed, in the darkest imaginable light, the evil of which...

A Visiting Saint

This morning, I took part in the Cardinal Winning Lecture 2020, listening to Dr Rebecca Lamb speaking very eloquently about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, ‘the Little Flower’. Her lecture was excellent and provoked a number of very good questions at the end. It...

If One Member Suffers

“’If one member suffers, all suffer together with it’ (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience...
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