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...

A Need For Calm

As a general rule, I find the online world of Twitter informative and useful. I learn much and – above all – engage with some lovely people. But there are times when that all changes; and this present moment seems to be one of those times. Fuelled by...

The Character of America

I have had the great pleasure of visiting the United States of America many times and it is a nation I love very much indeed. It is an exceptionally beautiful and varied land and when the people say “have a nice day”, they really do mean it.  Today, that...

A Day of Hope

There is something about Christmas Day. It is unlike any other day of the year. No matter what is happening in our lives or in the world, Christmas Day is a clear reminder that there is always hope, there is always the possibility of things getting better, there is...