Gift and Responsibility

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we had no clear idea of how many lives it would take within the first year. Daily, I watch the news bulletins and wait for the latest numbers to be made public; my sense of sadness upon hearing them never dissipates...

Way, Truth and Life

“‘Truth?’ said Pilate. ‘What is that?'”John 18: 38   Pope Benedict reminded us that “man’s unique grandeur is ultimately based on his capacity to know the truth”. The search for truth is something which is written...

No King But Caesar

“‘Do you want me to crucify your king?’ said Pilate. The Chief Priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar'” John 19:15      EDITORIAL This line from the Gospel of Saint John, at the beginning of the Passion account, illustrates the...

The Domestic Church

For several days now, I have been thinking about how best to write this piece. It follows the most recent closure of the Churches and other places of worship in Scotland and from the various discussions which have followed this, especially those discussions which...

Christmas Day 2020

Image: ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ – Edward Burne-Jones, 1904 For many, this year has been characterised more than anything by isolation, loneliness, separation and anxiety. Even this Christmas Day will be celebrated in a way that we are not used to...

What Cannot Be Hidden

This morning I read a short poem called Manger Scene, written by an acquaintance on Twitter. You can click on the link to read it, should you wish to do so – and I do recommend it. The poem contained this line – “to see what cannot be hidden”....

2020 In Review

EDITORIAL 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget. We have lived through the writing of a particular moment in history, an era which will be discussed and examined for decades to come; a time whose after-effects will remain with us long after these days are...

Cancelling Christmas

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.. a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Lk.2:10-12)   We have heard a lot recently about the idea of ‘cancelling Christmas’. In saying this, people...

Light On The Horizon

When my phone pings very early in the morning, it usually announces the arrival of bad news of some sort. But that wasn’t the case today – instead, it was very good news indeed.  Thank God, the United Kingdom awoke to the news that regulatory approval has...