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.” –...

A False Devotion

For all who profess a devotion to the Mother of God, it is a salutary – in fact, a necessary – task to stop from time to time and to compare the practice of our devotion to those descriptions given by the Church, by the Popes and by the great Marian saints...

United With the Holy Father

“I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy...

The Hand Of Evil

“Behind this, there is Satan.” – Pope Francis “Consecrated persons, chosen by God to guide souls to salvation, let themselves be dominated by their human frailty or sickness and thus become tools of Satan. In abuse, we see the hand of the evil...