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A Despondent World

Some days – more than others – it can appear that the world we live in is a dark and fearsome place, filled with all manner of evil; that men of peace and goodwill are few and far between, grossly outnumbered by those who choose a path that we struggle to even...

The Joy of Creation

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..God looked at everything He had made, and found it very good.”(Genesis 1: 1, 31)   Sometimes, looking around the world, we are staggered by the sheer beauty of what our eyes behold. Creation is magnificent...

Maintaining The Faith

In March last year I had written about ‘Grace In Time Of Trial’ – changes were beginning to take place in response to the gathering pace of the pandemic. I had begun by writing – “As Catholics, one of the most worrying aspects of the present Coronavirus...

The Great Council

Over the last few evenings, I’ve been watching a ten-part series about the Second Vatican Council, which took place at the Vatican between 1962 and late 1965, spanning four sessions in the autumn of each of those years. The Council, convoked by Pope John XXIII, was...

One Church In Prayer

“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with.. Mary, the Mother of Jesus..” (Acts 1:14)   The Holy Father had asked the Church to pray the Rosary throughout the month of May for an end to the pandemic and to ask the intercession of the...

UK Day of Reflection

Yesterday, the United Kingdom held a national ‘Day of Reflection’ in memory of all those who have died so far because of the COVID19 pandemic – yesterday was the first anniversary of the UK going into full lockdown. At noon, the nation stopped for...

An Un-Asked Question

From viewing online media over the last few days, it is abundantly clear that the broad response to the recent document released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been one of great hurt and anger for very many people. The content of the document...

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...
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