Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to alien influences…..

The Resolution to end all Resolutions

The Resolution to end all Resolutions

A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.” The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again.

Thoughts on Epiphany – Twelfth Night

Thoughts on Epiphany – Twelfth Night

This is the world-shaking news that we are reminded of each Christmas as we celebrate the first coming of Christ in history so that he can come to us every day of our lives in mystery, to make his home within us here on earth.

St Francis of Assisi – Part 3 – The Hermit

St Francis of Assisi – Part 3 – The Hermit

After the party when St Francis had a brief mystical experience, he began to visit churches and places of solitude where he could prayer. Firstly he went with a friend, and then on his own. He was tempted to believe that all his exertions were a waste of time. Then...

Mourning for My Maker

Mourning for My Maker

My family used to spend their summer holidays in our little cottage on the Yorkshire moors just below the mighty Ingleborough, which was the nearest thing I had ever seen to a mountain.

St Francis of Assisi – Part 2 – The Soldier

St Francis of Assisi – Part 2 – The Soldier

Pietro Bernadone, the father of St Francis, was proud of his son’s business skills.  He was proud too that he was  popular with his peers. He looked on with admiration to see the sons of the local aristocracy vying for his friendship and favour along with the other...

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