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THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK

We always mention you in our prayers and thank God for you all, and constantly remember before God our Father how you have shown your faith in action, worked for love and persevered through hope, in our...

LONELY — or solitary?

LONELY — or solitary?

At present, being on one’s own — be it in a situation of shielding or vulnerability, or just a question of old age or living in a single household — is the topic de notre jours. It is much discussed as...

HOLY ISLAND, HOLY MEMORIES.

HOLY ISLAND, HOLY MEMORIES.

The other day, quite by chance, a small card photo frame fell out of a book. It was a picture of me, my mother, and the dog Sybil. My mother was standing, I was crouching down beside her hanging onto the...

OCTOBER, how I love you!

OCTOBER, how I love you!

I have always loved October. Yes, true, it is the month in which I was born but I don’t think that is the main reason, or indeed any reason. After all, once my mother and great-aunt died that day sank...

That Majesty which angels do admire?

That Majesty which angels do admire?

Thousands of thousands stand around thy throne, O God most high; Ten thousand times ten thousand sound thy praise; but who am I? About this time of year I begin to notice angels. Not literally so much (if...

FREE SAMPLE ANYONE?

FREE SAMPLE ANYONE?

I read about a recruitment campaign the Jesuits ran in Oz. They hired a PR firm to come up with an attention-grabbing tagline that would draw people to the Jesuits’ website, where the Order’s vocation...

WHY ARE WE HERE?

WHY ARE WE HERE?

St John Henry Newman famously said: “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in...

LOST IN WONDER

LOST IN WONDER

When we were young didn’t we all think we could fly (with or without a magic carpet), turn ourselves into a frog (or a prince/ess) or maybe suddenly, magnificently, be discovered as the long lost son or...

BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN

BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN

One of my shielding ‘staycation’ projects is reading Vikram Seth’s over-a-thousand page novel A Suitable Boy at the same time — well, I mean as well as — watching the Sunday night TV dramatisation, running...