The Life Of Fr Mychal Judge

11 September 2001 is memorable for one single reason – the terrible attacks upon America which took place that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. It is a day the world will never forget and it showed, in the darkest imaginable light, the evil of which...

The Right Choices

A global pandemic was never going to come without a financial impact. That was always a certainty. Estimates for how much the pandemic has cost the country so far are in the range of about £280billion up till this point, with heady projections of the costs which will...

Ordinary Is Not An Option

It’s funny how attractive unavailability can be – we always want what we cannot have. This thought was very much in my mind as I read the Pastoral Letter from the Bishop which was published last evening, in response to a large part of the country moving...

Quiet Amid The Noise

I photographed this man in Central Park, New York, in the summer of 2011. In what is perhaps the busiest park in the world – and certainly the busiest park I have ever been in – there he was, sitting quietly and placidly amongst the trees, a little away...

Truth? What Is That?

“‘Truth?’ said Pilate. What is that?”- Pontius Pilate, Gospel of St John, 19:38 “The Pope has changed doctrine.. That politican must be right – it’s all fraud.. He said she’s always been like that.. I heard he...

The Character of America

I have had the great pleasure of visiting the United States of America many times and it is a nation I love very much indeed. It is an exceptionally beautiful and varied land and when the people say “have a nice day”, they really do mean it.  Today, that...

The Colour of Money

There’s a lot of political chatter today about the distinct possibility of Scotland being forced into a second national lockdown – or as it might alternatively be referred to, ‘a national tier 4’. What is curious is that it is perhaps not being...

Reaching Out of Ourselves

It is likely that every one of us has, at some point, experienced the sense of isolation which the pandemic has brought with it. By their very nature, the restictions imposed in response to the virus make us take a step back from those around us. We have all become...

Keeping Faith

“Jesus, I TRUST in You!”- Divine Mercy devotion   Faith is not really Faith until it is tested – until then, the danger is that it is mere habit; sometimes it is only when Faith is tested in a crucible of fire that it really comes into it’s...