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 You like 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...

The What And The Who

Faith is really ‘faith in..’ – and it is faith in a Person. One of the great errors of our day is the temptation to think that because we know about God, we know God. The two things are not at all the same – there are many atheists who know precisely what the Church...

As One Before The Lord

“You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing.. a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not.” – Pope Francis A phrase we have all recently become very familiar with is...

Creative Grace

“Never before has the Church experienced thus the power of the communion of saints, raising to her Crucified and Risen Lord her vows and prayers, especially the Sacrifice of Holy Mass, celebrated daily, even without the presence of the people, by priests.”...

United As Church

“With his prayer, the Holy Father pleaded for an end to the pandemic that has struck Italy and the world. He also implored the healing of the many sick people, remembered the numerous victims of these past days, and asked that their families and friends might...