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The Moth and Prayer

The National Health Service defines anxiety as “a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe”. At this present time of pandemic, I would imagine that more people than ever before are probably familiar with how that anxiety feels and how it...

Time to Pray

Three months after retirement is probably a good point at which to stop and take stock. Those three months follow thirty-two years as a very busy specialist nurse, the final year of which was exceptionally busy because of the pandemic – the changes this brought...

The Light of the Rosary

“Confidently take up the Rosary once again. Rediscover the Rosary in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives.” This was the expressed hope of Pope St John Paul II in 2002, addressed to each and every one...

The Power of Intercession

We often forget just how very powerful the prayer of intercession can be. And we are not alone in forgetting this – even the great Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, tended to forget it at times. Her Diary is filled with occasions where she was...

The Litanies

There is something both ancient and very beautiful about Catholic litanies. The word ‘litany’ comes from the Greek and means ‘petition’ or ‘supplication’. Litanies have been used for a very long time in Catholic prayer and devotion....

Prayer of Intercession

“Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did.”Catechism, para.2634   One of the things about reading Catholic social media is that there are a great many requests for prayer. Now, that is a good thing – it is always good...

Return To The Hours

“Christian prayer is primarily the prayer of the entire community of mankind joined to Christ Himself.”  – Pope St Paul VI   I have written previously about my attempts at praying the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. Those...

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...
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