One Small Candle

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  – John 8:12  As a child, I recall my mother lighting a little votive candle every Tuesday night, as part of her perpetual novena in honour of Saint...

In Writing

For a while now, I’ve been considering starting a spiritual journal or diary of some sort. The thing is, I’m not really very clear what the precise purpose of this endeavour would actually be. I’m not one for recording spiritual things in a...

Before The Lord

I read some reports earlier today that the Holy Father had been contacted by a Catholic group in Argentina, who had found a record of his participation as a ‘Eucharistic adorer’ in the Basilica there during the 1950s. This adoration had begun in the...

A Daily Joy

For a very long time now, I have had a desire which has gathered strength in my heart and which – finally – is coming to fruition; I have long wanted to be able to become a daily communicant. Although I would go to weekday Masses whenever I could, these...

An Everlasting Seal

“Jesus came and stood among them..and showed them His hands and His side.”John 20:19-20 Giving his ‘Urbi Et Orbi’ blessing in the Vatican this morning, our Holy Father Pope Francis reminded us that – “The witnesses report an...

Keep Awake With Me

“My soul is sorrowful to the point of death.Wait here and keep awake with Me.” – Matthew 26:38 Lent has concluded and we have now entered into Holy Week. On this Maundy Thursday, we consider the institution of the Eucharist; and we pause and keep...

Little Graces

Divine grace is like the air we breathe – it is all around us even though we cannot see it; and we certainly cannot do without it. But what, exactly, is divine grace? The Catechism tells us that “Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives...

A Deeper Look

It’s hard to deny the beauty of many of the Catholic churches across the world – and especially those of a particular era. Filled with carved marble, exquisite statuary, beautiful stained glass and glittering gilt, they most certainly lift the senses to...

Heart And Refuge

In the whole of the story of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima, there has always been one single line which, from the moment I first heard it, jumped out at me; and it is this – “Do not lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be...