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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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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