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With Empty Hands

My mother used to tell me there was no point in growing older unless we also grow wiser. And over the years, I have seen many older people who seemed – to me – to possess something of that wisdom. It was as though their perspective on life was in some way...

The Example of Mary

Although God created every one of us as entirely unique individuals, human nature means that we tend to follow ‘examples’ of what we should be or how we might like to be. These days, such examples are often referred to as ‘influencers’. Looking around, I notice that...

Moments with the Lord

Such haste, such noise. All around us, there is constant movement – all of us, dashing about and often with no clear sense of where we are trying to get to. Sometimes – perhaps even ‘often’ – we need to simply stop and come to rest for a little...

Reflecting Back

It’s a good practice to take a moment from time to time in which to reflect back upon our spiritual lives. The spiritual path is not linear – we do not leave one point and arrive at another without any deviations along the way. Rather, it is more like a zig zag...

The Precious Blood

During the Jubilee of Mercy a few years ago, I had the privilege of being in Rome. During my time there, I visited many great and beautiful basilicas, filled with astonishing paintings and sculptures, many of them probably priceless. And yet, none of these moved me in...

Communion and Mary

Saint Louis de Montfort was an immense Christological and Marian theologian, his works deeply influencing many who came after him, including various Saints and Popes, amongst them the great St John Paul. Hidden amongst his writings there are very many practical gems...

Days of the Eucharist

I’m convinced that something amazing has happening in the Church. Despite all the tales of woe and despair and things going from bad to worse in both the Church and the world – even before the pandemic struck – still something incredible was taking place....

Redemptive Suffering

One of the most common questions asked of people of faith is this – why does God allow suffering? And this leads to a second question – since there clearly is suffering in the world, does it have any value? Looking at the first question, suffering is part of the human...

Sanctity in Suffering

One day some months ago and before my retirement, I was sitting in the hospital Chapel during the Hour of Mercy. It is a very simple room, with a small Altar tucked away in the corner and a plain wooden Crucifix on the main wall. Other than this – and some Bibles and...
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