In His Arms

On some days, and in relation to some events and circumstances, I find myself experiencing an almost overwhelming sense of interior anxiety. I feel this at the physcial level as much as at the mental level and it can be – not surprisingly – both very...

The Divine Window

It is sometimes said – wrongly – that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is not such a good thing, that our devotion should be for God alone. It is as though in being devoted to the Mother, we have taken the wrong path and lost sight of Her Son, as though the path...

Called to Holiness

“Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church.. do not be afraid of holiness.” – Pope Francis   The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council sent out a very clear call to every one of the faithful, reminding us explicitly that all of us are called to holiness....

Despondency and Trust

Belief in God and trust in His mercy does not prevent us from suffering. If anything, it may be that we are more likely to suffer; but with belief in God, our suffering can at least have purpose and it can acquire a sanctifying quality depending on what we do with it....

The Parish Family

As things stand with the pandemic here in Scotland, we are hopeful that the present restrictions will be eased enough to allow an increase of numbers attending Church services; currently limited to 20 people, the hope is that this will increase to 50 people. That...

Stepping Into Prayer

The thought of praying – of beginning to pray – can sometimes seem intimidating. What is prayer and how do I pray? What do I need in order to do it? How will I know if I am doing it right? And what if I do it wrong? The reality of prayer is, perhaps not...

A Little Blue Lamp

There is something soothing about those final hours of the day. The world has become hushed, cares have dwindled – at least for a while – and the earth seems still and silent. It is in those last hours of each evening, just before bed, that I offer my...

The Habit of Prayer

As Christians, we are aware that the Scriptures ask us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (cf. 1 Thes.5:17), but this can often seem like an insurmountable task. In fact, sometimes the very thought of praying at all seems alien to us. For many, prayer is simply something that...

Failing Spectacularly

A couple of months ago, I read an interesting article by a lady regarding the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours. In it, she wrote – “What is needed is a more profound, structural change which allows ready practice, memorization of texts, and the possibility of...