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The Moth and Prayer

The National Health Service defines anxiety as “a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe”. At this present time of pandemic, I would imagine that more people than ever before are probably familiar with how that anxiety feels and how it...

The Joy of Creation

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..God looked at everything He had made, and found it very good.”(Genesis 1: 1, 31)   Sometimes, looking around the world, we are staggered by the sheer beauty of what our eyes behold. Creation is magnificent...

A Spiritual Recharge

Moments of ‘spiritual recharge’ are greatly needed. They can take place anywhere and they are those little moments when grace is poured into us for one reason or another – often, I think, simply to give us what we need to keep going. For me...

Remembering Nevers

The statue of ‘Notre Dame des Eaux’ in the convent garden.Bernadette said of it – “She has something of the beauty that I saw”. I had written earlier about my favourite Saints and noting that at the top of my personal list is Saint...

A Friday Pause

While the whole of Lent leads us toward the events of Good Friday and all that will follow, the Fridays of Lent are a special day of reflection upon the Passion and Death of the Lord. The Church sets aside many days – and months – of the year for our...

Gift and Responsibility

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we had no clear idea of how many lives it would take within the first year. Daily, I watch the news bulletins and wait for the latest numbers to be made public; my sense of sadness upon hearing them never dissipates...

What Cannot Be Hidden

This morning I read a short poem called Manger Scene, written by an acquaintance on Twitter. You can click on the link to read it, should you wish to do so – and I do recommend it. The poem contained this line – “to see what cannot be hidden”....

Heavenly Tenderness

“Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has.”- St John Paul II, ‘Dives In Misericordia’   Icons are said to be ‘written’ rather than just drawn or painted. This writing...

A Parched Land

“O God, You are my God, for You I long;my heart thirsts for You, my body pines for Youlike a parched land ..” – Psalm 63 Finally across the Dioceses of Scotland, the moment we have all been waiting for has arrived, and the Churches have begun to...
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