Spiritual Pruning

Recently I wrote about the spiritual struggle I have experienced over the last few years, and I wrote this as part of that article – “And so, the only thing I can really think to do is to focus on the essentials, practising them as best I can. That means...

A Crown of Thorns

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5)   When I pray the third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary – the Crowning With Thorns – I am always struck by the same thought. I...

The Point of Prayer

Two particular intentions have featured quite heavily in my prayers over the last several days. Both have now reached a conclusion. In the case of the first, a story which has been in the news here in the UK a great deal over the past week, the eventual outcome was...

A Constant Light

The Sanctuary Lamp has always fascinated me. This litle red lamp which is found near the Tabernacle of every single Catholic Church signifies the Eucharistic Presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle. It means He is there. And that means we are in His presence. Every...

An Interior Struggle

People often speak about the particular things which they consider as identifying them in some way; it may be a particular political belief or a special hobby for which they have a great interest, or it may be the profession to which they belong or the job they do, or...

A Friday Pause

While the whole of Lent leads us toward the events of Good Friday and all that will follow, the Fridays of Lent are a special day of reflection upon the Passion and Death of the Lord. The Church sets aside many days – and months – of the year for our...

Living Lent At Home

“I offer this simple book as an aid to prayer in the journey through Lent.. ..let us accompany each other with prayer.” – Father Michael Kane, Parish Priest, Saint Augustine’s Church We tend to think of the lockdown in a very negative way...

Fall, Fail, Hope

The season of Lent generally begins with a great sense of spiritual expectation. We have probably considered what we are going to ‘do’ for Lent and our hopes are high. At that moment, we fully expect that this Lent will be a time of deep spiritual renewal;...