Inspirational People and the Sea Bass Moment

As many of you will know by now, Time Magazine has named Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist, as its person of the year. This would seem to me well deserved and a great boost, not only for those who seek to draw our attention to saving our planet

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Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is Close at Hand!

WE KEEP THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT AS BIBLE SUNDAY, borrowing a tradition from the Church of England. It is particularly important that we reflect about the Bible this Advent, as we are well into a special Year of the Word. A lot of people who seldom darken the doors

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Put on Christ

We begin the season of Advent this Sunday to commence our preparation for the birth of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a season to prepare ourselves spiritually to welcome Jesus into our lives and our homes. The catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us of a two-fold

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The Scourge of Secularism

Pius XI, shown here, was pope from 1922 until 1939. He’s unusual for a number of reasons; before being made a Vatican diplomat during the Great War Achille Ratti had spent most of his priestly ministry as a librarian and archivist in Milan and Rome. Such folk are not to

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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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