A Letter from St Paul

Taking part in an online prayer meeting last weekend, the priest mentioned the Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians, recommending a reading of that Letter. His words have stayed with me all week and I had fully intended to do just as he had suggested. And then daily...

Practising What We Preach

The living of faith is not always easy. Most of the time, my faith is a thing of real joy, something very deep and personal and – to me – beautiful. Most of the time. But there are also times when it drives me mad. As well as being deeply personal, a...

Sacred Scripture

At the Second Vatican Council, in November 1965, the Council Fathers published a document entitled ‘Dei Verbum’ (The Word Of God), the ‘Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation’. This was – and continues to be – an enormously...

On Pilgrim Ways

Quite often, in my experience (and, I’ve no doubt, in the experience of a great many others), something in the reading of Scripture jumps out, grabs you forcefully and remains with you. Yesterday was such a day. I had been reading one of the Psalms and this line...

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...

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...