A Crown of Thorns

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5)   When I pray the third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary – the Crowning With Thorns – I am always struck by the same thought. I...

A Troubled Heart

Recently I spoke with a friend I have not seen in a few years. She’s a lovely woman and from a very strong Catholic family – some of her sisters are nuns and some of her brothers are priests. And I know that for her, religious faith has always been very...

A Church of Uncertainty

They call it ‘faith’ and there is a good reason for that – in fact, two good reasons. The first reason is that faith is a gift.  Faith is not something we purchase or secure or earn – no, it pure gift. And that means that it is given; not by us or by any...

2020 In Review

EDITORIAL 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget. We have lived through the writing of a particular moment in history, an era which will be discussed and examined for decades to come; a time whose after-effects will remain with us long after these days are...

The Parish Family

As things stand with the pandemic here in Scotland, we are hopeful that the present restrictions will be eased enough to allow an increase of numbers attending Church services; currently limited to 20 people, the hope is that this will increase to 50 people. That...

The Two Faces of the Church

Quoting the words of the Second Vatican Council’s ‘Dogmatic Constitution On The Church’ (‘Dei Verbum’), the Catechism tells us that – “Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this...

The Beginning of Clericalism

There is no doubt that there are a great many good and holy Priests. These noble men give everything of themselves, sparing nothing for the people who are entrusted to their spiritual and temporal care. They made public promises and they faithfully uphold these...

Personal Influencers

In 1624 John Donne famously wrote – “No man is an island entire of itself.. any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” Four hundred years later, those words are as true now as they were then. We are all interconnected;...

Prudence and Discernment

“The devil often purveys objects to the senses, affording to the sense of sight images of saints and most beautiful lights …  He does all of this so that by enticing persons through these sensory objects he may induce them into many evils.” –...