Remembering Nevers

The statue of ‘Notre Dame des Eaux’ in the convent garden.Bernadette said of it – “She has something of the beauty that I saw”. I had written earlier about my favourite Saints and noting that at the top of my personal list is Saint...

Our Friends The Saints

I have noticed that when I write, I often make reference to ‘the Saints’ – whether generally, or with specific reference to a particular person. It is probable that most Catholics have at least one ‘favourite’ Saint. For whatever reason, a particular...

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 Queen’s Knight

Main image: (C) Fr Hugh Gillespie SMM Truly great Saints leave a lasting legacy which extends far beyond their own time and place, reaching forward and influencing the future direction of the Church, and the lives and the spirituality of those who will come later....

Holy Submission

It is quite possible that when we think about the great Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, the first word that comes to mind is “stigmata” – this is, after all, the single thing which perhaps drew crowds to this simple friar more than anything else, and which...

The Saints of Fatima

Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto are the youngest children declared Saints by the Catholic Church, without having been martyred. This brother and sister were two of the three children who saw Our Blessed Lady at Fatima in 1917 – the third child was their...

Our Lady’s Confidante

“I do not promise to make you happy in this world; only in the next.”- Our Lady of Lourdes to Saint Bernadette It’s easy to assume that Bernadette Soubirous was declared a Saint because she saw Our Lady; the reality, however, is somewhat different....

Good In All Things

As human beings, it can be very tempting to look at our lives and our situations and to indulge ourselves in a degree of melancholy and wool-gathering. And we may well have good reason to do so – but that is not to say that it is either healthy or productive,...

The Path of St Joseph

The Gospels tell us very little, in real terms, about the life of Saint Joseph. Unlike so many of the other great Saints of the Church, we have no available biographies detailing every aspect of his life, his sayings and so forth. And yet despite this, Saint Joseph is...