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The Joy of Faith

“I have told you this so that My own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.” (Jn.15:11)   Catholics could sometimes rightly be accused of appearing miserable. Indeed, Christians more broadly – including we Catholics – are often accused of...

Authentic Devotion

For all who profess a devotion to the Mother of God, it is a salutary – in fact, a necessary – task to stop from time to time and to compare the practice of our devotion to those descriptions given by the Church, by the Popes and by the great Marian saints...

Give It All To Mary

Image: (C) Fr Hugh Gillespie SMM Our recent Holy Fathers have set us a very good and powerful example on giving everything to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to Jesus through Her. Pope Francis prays at Her altar in Santa Maria Maggiore before and after every trip he...

Our Spiritual Models

“We are all called to be holy by living our lives with loveand by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves”(Pope Francis, Gaudete Et Exsultate, para14)   For more than fifty years, the Church has been reminding us constantly that we are...

Our Spiritual Measure

We all like to believe that we are ‘good Christians’, that we are walking upon the right path – and even that we are making excellent progress in the spiritual life and in the practice of our faith. The reality, all too often, is that we are far...

Catholic Tenacity

Awake very early this morning, I looked out of the window and saw a fox in the front garden, scavenging for food. I was struck at how thin the poor creature was – so much so that later tonight, I will put out some food so it gets a little treat tomorrow. Later...

Different Gifts

Reading anything much at all in the Catholic sphere or on social media, it very quickly becomes apparent how many spiritual gifts are out there in the world – the Holy Spirit is as active today as He was at Pentecost. Looking at some of the people whose words I...

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....

The First Stone

Traditionally, the Church associates Fridays with penance. The prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours focus on penance, the Psalms taking it as their theme, beginning with the praying of the Miserere – “Have mercy on me, God, in Your kindness. In Your compassion,...
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