To be in the Divine Will

Recently I spent several days in Walsingham with three friends. Like me they needed time away from work to recharge their batteries. Unlike me they had suffered rejection and disappointment and saw this as an opportunity to seek God’s healing and His guidance as to the way forward. You may

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The Month of Purgatory

This picture (and I can’t remember who the artist was) is a representation of the peaceful death of the old man in St John Henry Newman’s poem The Dream of Gerontius, beautifully set to music by Edward Elgar. The man’s friends and relatives are around his bedside, praying for him

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Echoes from Monday Meditation

“Over the summer, a group of us travelled to Worth Abbey in Sussex for a three day silent retreat led by our group leader. The theme of the retreat was Living in the Presence of God. Our timetable was carefully structured to gently initiate us into deeper silence. We had

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The Message of Robert Schuman

ONE OF THE REALLY GREAT THINGS about being a Roman Catholic is that our faith guides us about virtually every area of life. In terms of political or social issues, it can never be acceptable for us to claim that our faith has nothing to do with whatever the matter

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Pilgrimage of Trust and Mercy

Twenty six pilgrims returned from Poland late last Saturday in the rain. We were delayed at Heathrow and then again on the coach journey to Beckenham. The rain was still relentless when we finally arrived in Village Way in the early hours of Sunday morning. It wasn’t ideal of course

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Amid Th’encircling Gloom

I AM FORTUNATE to have been, forty years ago, a student at the Oxford college where John Henry Newman had been a Fellow and Tutor for over twenty years in the early 19th century. For anyone with even a vague knowledge of the history of Christianity in this country this

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Month of the Rosary

I have always been comforted by the soothing sound of people praying the rosary when I enter St Edmund’s church to celebrate the 10 am Mass. Above all it comforts me to know the efficacy of such a powerful weapon of intercession and protection. As you may know we have

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Listen to the Pope and Greta Thunberg

THE SPEECH by the young Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations last week, together with her powerful glance at the man who thinks he’s the leader of the free world, made a dramatic impression. The UN conference came days after the Climate change protests here last

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Renewal and Cleansing: St John’s Seminary

When I look at the Chapel in St. John’s, I often think about all of the Seminarians and Priests over  the ages who have prayed there and I think about   how the Church has changed over those 125+ years! Mgr. Gerry, our Vice-Rector has been making a recent appeal for

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Talking about God

I promised a couple of weeks ago to tell you something about the annual conference of the Catholic Theological Association, which took place at the beginning of the month in Twickenham. The title of the conference was Word of God, Words of God: Words, Image and Ritual in Religion and

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