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...

Cancelling Christmas

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.. a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Lk.2:10-12)   We have heard a lot recently about the idea of ‘cancelling Christmas’. In saying this, people...

In His Arms

On some days, and in relation to some events and circumstances, I find myself experiencing an almost overwhelming sense of interior anxiety. I feel this at the physcial level as much as at the mental level and it can be – not surprisingly – both very...

A Sleeping City

A quick walk into Glasgow city centre yesterday was depressing. Crossing the bridge over the River Clyde from Carlton Place onto Clyde Street offered a lovely view of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral glistening like gold in the afternoon sunshine, but this was really...

Glasgow Cathedral

Everyone living in Glasgow is familiar with the imposing structure of the Cathedral of Saint Mungo, the patron Saint of Glasgow. Most people simply call it Glasgow Cathedral. It is a very notable building – because of it’s age, because of it’s size...

A Constitutional Right

Over the last nine months or so, I have observed the national debate in America regarding the use of face masks; and I have done so initially with growing incredulity, and ultimately with a realisation that sometimes I simply don’t understand America, regardless...

The Morning Offering

As Christians, we have a duty to pray, for prayer is the bridge that takes us to the Lord and which invites Him to come to us. One of the best ways to pray is through the Liturgy Of The Hours, which is the official prayer of the Church. However, the Hours require...

The Colour of Money

There’s a lot of political chatter today about the distinct possibility of Scotland being forced into a second national lockdown – or as it might alternatively be referred to, ‘a national tier 4’. What is curious is that it is perhaps not being...