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Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. As a historian I particularly value the opportunity the church year offers us to consider the creature called Time, receive it as a gift,...

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day

As a historian I am fascinated by how and why things started and even more why they changed. The festivals and ceremonies of the Church are for me one such intriguing subject. Saints` Days are...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...