Some Thoughts of One About to be Confirmed

I have been invited to share some thoughts, based on the St Edmund’s Confirmation Course that I have recently attended and on some additional research I have made on the internet. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. When I was young I was told what to do,

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The Trinity and the World

Some of you may remember that about three years ago Pope Francis wrote an encyclical letter about care for creation, known by the Italian title Laudato Si’. It has been very important in strengthening Catholic moral teaching and consequently has come under attack, even from some Catholics. One of the

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Mary, Our True Queen, at Pentecost

TODAY, Whitsunday or Pentecost is one of the great feast days of the year in the Christian calendar, after Easter and Christmas. We reach the culmination of the Easter season, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus and on his blessed Mother Mary. One of

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Fling Wide the Gates

Fling wide the gates! Fling wide the gates, for the saviour waits to tread in his royal way. He has come from above in his power and love to die on this passion day. Fling wide the gates, He waits, the saviour waits! Some of you, perhaps of an older

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My Experience of Lourdes

On Easter Sunday, 1st April, 21 Coloma girls and I, along with 4 teachers travelled to Lourdes in the South of France. However, this was not the start to our journey; we met every week for months preparing and training for what we were about to experience on the trip.

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St. George and our Cathedral

TODAY we have a second collection for our Metropolitan cathedral (that is, a cathedral which is the seat of an archbishop) in Southwark, dedicated to St George, the centre of Christian life in south London and Kent. The modern stained glass east window is shown here. We have it on

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The Abiding Message of Martin Luther King

WHEN THE HOLY FATHER addressed the United States Congress in September 2015 he mentioned four particularly outstanding Americans (shown here). Two were Catholics, the journalist and founder of the Catholic Workers the Servant of God Dorothy Day (of whom, I suspect, many members of Congress knew little or nothing) and

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Rejoice and be Glad!

LAST MONDAY Pope Francis issued a new teaching document entitled Gaudete et Exultate, ‘Rejoice and Be Glad!’ As always it is a very thoughtful and challenging document, demanding reflection on what he says over a long period of time. There are simply a few introductory remarks from me here, and

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Calling All Renovators!

A recent publication – Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish by Father James Mallon (2014, Twenty –Third Publications) is a book that is creating big waves in the Church. In it he describes the profound renewal that has taken place in St Benedict’s church in Halifax, Nova

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Easter With Oscar

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS about Holy Week and Easter is the way in which we are enabled to relate the narrative of Our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection to the whole of our lives. This is helped by the ritual and special nature of what we do in church

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