Alpha

Every time I leave the parish hall after an Alpha session on a Tuesday evening I feel a perceptible sense of wellbeing and contentment. This is no exaggeration. As I reflect on this I come to the conclusion as to why I feel this way. In its simplest form, approximately

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Listen to the Holy Father

AS THE EUROPEAN UNION goes to the polls this week (in this country on Thursday) Catholics will want to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit before we vote and heed the teachings of the Church. Three years ago, a few weeks before the EU Referendum, Pope Francis was

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Completely Fallacious

SOMETIMES in our newsletters it is necessary to indicate what a picture represents: however I am sure nearly all of you know that this is Westminster Abbey, one of the most prominent places of worship in London and a major tourist attraction; it sometimes seems to function as a sort

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Out of the Ashes of Sadness and Loss, Joy

The Images on our TV screens early last Monday were painful to watch, as was the sea of disbelieving faces helplessly looking on. Millions of people all over the world witnessed the destruction by fire of the roof and the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. This 855 year-old Paris landmark,

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Night Had Fallen

ONE OF THE FASCINATING FIGURES OF HOLY WEEK is Judas Iscariot, shown here kissing Jesus in the famous painting by Giotto; if you are able to get to Mass in the first part of Holy Week you will notice that on two of the days the narrative of his betrayal

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Them and Us

The world we live in is at times so polarized that we could be compelled to think and act in terms of “I” and “you”, “them” and “us,” instead of “we.” The very existence of the other could, at times, appear or could be projected and perceived as a threat,

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Living the Option for the Poor

ONE OF THE KEY CONCEPTS in Catholic moral teaching about society is what is known as the preferential option for the poor. This is a principle intended to guide and regulate our approach to the world we live in and decisions about public and political issues, based on the teachings

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Walk With Me O My Lord

A headline in The Times newspaper reads: ‘Ten minutes’ exercise each week cuts risk of early death by a fifth’ [Wednesday 20th March]. The article informs me this is the finding of a recent study. Yes, another one! I have to say I’ve grown rather weary of the daily advice

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The Glory of these Kingdoms

IN LAST SUNDAY’S GOSPEL, Luke’s account of the temptation of Our Lord in the desert, the second temptation which the Devil puts before Jesus is when he shows him ‘in a moment all the kingdoms of the world’; he then says ‘I will give you all this power and the

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Leaving the Rubbish Behind

When writing this article I came across a word I had not encountered before – ‘nurdling’. According to the website – click here – this is the process of trying to remove discarded plastic from beaches by means of a sieve, as shown on the website. Nurdling is an urgent

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