Gifts of the Epiphany

‘Epiphany’ means ‘revelation’ or ‘sudden realisation’. In terms of the feast commemorating the adoration of the Magi (or ‘Wise Men’) before the Christ Child, it refers to the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles, personified here in the persons of the three Wise...

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...

New Life

“In this night, the Church’s voice rings out: ‘Christ, my hope, is risen!’. This is a different ‘contagion’, a message transmitted from heart to heart – for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope:...

Urbi Et Orbi

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” – Pope Francis The Address of our Holy Father, Pope Francisto the Church and to the World – ‘Urbi et Orbi’ 27 March 2020 “When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just...

Grace In Time Of Trial

“But what of the practice of our Catholic Faith? It may be that for a while, our practice will change in terms of location and form. The location may move from the parish Church to the ‘domestic Church’ – that is, our home. And the form may change from liturgical...

Mercy and Conversion

“Keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again. And when you go to confess your sins, believe firmly in His mercy which frees you of your guilt. Contemplate His Blood poured out with such great love,...

The Joy of Mercy

“Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.” (Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice) The entrance antiphon for this particular Sunday gives the day it’s name – Gaudete Sunday. ‘Gaudete’ means ‘to...

Glory Be

Image: Saint Augustine (Rubens, 1638) “Those holy Angels come to the knowledge of God not by audible words, but by the presence to their souls of immutable truth, that is, of the only-begotten Word of God; and they know this Word Himself, and the Father, and...

With You Always

“I am with you always, until the end of the age” Matthew 28:20   Sometimes, as Christians, we can feel alone, and it may seem – although it is certainly not the case in reality – that the Lord is far from us (or that we are far from Him)....