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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The Day for the Unemployed

THIS PICTURE is of St Cajetan, an early sixteenth century Italian priest and religious reformer who is venerated as the patron saint of those who are unemployed – because of what he did to help poor people who were being exploited by greedy banks. The Sunday before Lent has been

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St Peter Damian Today!

LAST THURSDAY was the (optional) feast day of St Peter Damian, shown here. He was a Benedictine monk active in Italy in the 11th century, about the time of the Battle of Hastings; somewhat reluctantly he was made a bishop and a cardinal. He was renowned as one who tried

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Justice for all Workers

THERE IS CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE that the rise in popular nationalism all over the world has given some people space to express racist views in ways which until recently would have been unacceptable. Politicians and others who promote such divisiveness in society capitalise on poverty and economic uncertainty: when people find

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Reflections on the Holy Father’s Visit to the UAE

The Holy Father’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, which was the first by any Pope has drawn a lot of attention from people across the world. It was much anticipated and the world was eagerly waiting to hear what the Holy Father would say, or would not say.

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Light in the Midst of Darkness

SOME OF YOU may have seen this picture, Bellini’s Presentation of Christ in the Temple, in the recent and stunning Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery. This Saturday, at the morning Masses, we kept the feast which commemorates this event, known in England for centuries as Candlemas. St

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Peace Sunday

LAST WEEKEND’S edition of the Catholic newspaper The Tablet included an interview with Pat Gaffney, who for 29 years has been Secretary General of Pax Christi and is about to retire from this post at Easter. In this time Pat has done a great deal to raise the profile of

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The Baptism of the Lord

Today when we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we are offered an opportunity to reflect upon the grace/s of our baptism. The Baptism of Our Lord is the beginning of his public ministry. While, Christmas could be perceived as the revelation of Jesus to the Jews, Epiphany could be

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