Newman On Prayer

I am presently reading some of the writings of Saint John Henry Newman, our most recent British Saint. He writes on various subjects and the book I am reading just now is his work ‘Meditations And Devotions’ – this offers reflections on various subjects;...

The Final Diary

I seem to have settled on a way to use the spiritual diary which is best suited to my needs. As mentioned previously, I didn’t think the notes section would really be of much use to me; so instead, I’ve settled on keeping the ‘diary’ as a...

Novena to St Joseph

In this holy year dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Motherwell has produced a wonderful and very beautiful little book dedicated to the Saint. The intention of the book is specifically for the praying of a novena in...

Meditation On The Crucifix

A Meditation On The Crucifixion of Jesus by Ignatius Cardinal Kung    “My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Our Lord Jesus is on the Cross. His whole body is covered with wounds, His hands and feet are nailed to the Cross; His head is crowned with...

The Point of Prayer

Two particular intentions have featured quite heavily in my prayers over the last several days. Both have now reached a conclusion. In the case of the first, a story which has been in the news here in the UK a great deal over the past week, the eventual outcome was...

The Sacrifice of Prayer

“I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone.. great will be your power for whomever you intercede. Outwardly,...

Mysteries of Hope

The holy Rosary is a very adaptable prayer, a prayer suitable for every need and occasion, as the Saints and the Popes tell us over and over. And they are right, as I was reminded this evening. This has been a difficult day for all of us here in Scotland and in the...

The Need To Pray

As Christmas approached, we may have found ourselves filled with thoughts of the Baby Jesus lying in His manger, the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph looking on adoringly. Not surprisingly, our emotions might have risen to lofty heights – those heights are...

The Challenge of the Rosary

Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us that “If prayer isn’t courageous, it isn’t Christian,” and he reminds us that “if prayer does not gather the joys and sorrows, the hopes and the anxieties of humanity, it becomes a...