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  • Loyal Address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 12, 2015

    Loyal Address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of Her becoming the longest reigning Monarch in British History.

  • A touching encounter

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 05, 2015

    Today we continue to hear the Gospel of Mark proclaimed. In today's reading, Jesus heals a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. This is a story about Jesus' healing power, and in it we find clues about our understanding of sacrament.

  • Cleanliness and Godliness

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Aug 29, 2015

    As children we were told always to wash our hands before meals. Nowadays we’re much more conscious of the need for cleanliness to avoid spreading diseases. Cleanliness is a matter of practical common sense, simple hygiene. Removing the grime was even given a religious spin with the maxim, “cleanliness is next to godliness.”

  • The comfort of religion

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Aug 22, 2015

    Once in my life I have abseiled. I did it from the parapet of a 3-storey building, which is no big deal; but as I was climbing over the parapet I had a horrible feeling that I wouldn’t be able to do it, and I wanted to go back indoors and make some urgent phone-calls I’d suddenly remembered about.

  • The attraction of Mary

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Aug 15, 2015

    We can know quite a lot about an individual, and not know them. This is true, for example, about people often in the news. And we’ve all found ourselves saying something like: I’ve heard so much about you, and now I am looking forward to getting to know you.

  • A calm spirit?

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Aug 08, 2015

    Some years ago, in a last ditch attempt to develop some sort of competence in Latin, I spent a considerable amount of time reading and translating the Rule of St. Benedict. One of the features that stands out in the text is Benedict’s passionate dislike for what he calls murmuratio

  • Knowing our needs

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Aug 01, 2015

    St Thomas Aquinas says in a neat way that there are three things necessary for our salvation: to know what to believe, to know what to desire and to know what to do. Of course he is not the first one to stress the importance of knowledge, whether practical or theoretical. The value of knowledge has been key to many philosophical or religious movements.

  • Feeding the Hungry

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 25, 2015

    ‘In the Gospel passage, Jesus arrives before a great crowd, and he realises that their need is both simple and great. It is one of the simplest needs of human persons, but if it is unsatisfied, it becomes a great problem.

  • Psalm 22

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 18, 2015

    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.

  • The Love of Learning

    Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 11, 2015

    We spend a great deal of our lives preparing. School runs from infancy until we are ready to enter the adult world. For some people college or apprenticeship can extend well into the twenties and beyond. Many find themselves later in life re-training: back to the classroom with teachers the same age as their children.