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. St Francis of Assisi used to say...
Pray as You Can, Not as You Can’t

Pray as You Can, Not as You Can’t

I was determined to leave my mark before leaving school, but, as I could not make it in the academic field, I decided that I would have to do it on the athletic field. I spent hours in the gym building up my muscles, on the track increasing my speed, and with my...
Lessons Learnt at Home

Lessons Learnt at Home

My mother taught me to say my Morning Offering the moment I woke up in the morning.  But above all she showed me how to put it into practice by her own example. It wasn’t the little things that I noticed at first, but the big sacrifices that she made, that even I...
Prayer – How to get started

Prayer – How to get started

Many years ago I used to run a retreat and conference centre in London. As I had to run the place on a shoe string I tried to do as many of the odd jobs myself to save money. But I always had to call in the plumber when the drains were blocked. One day when he was...
An Enclosed Carmelite Missionary?

An Enclosed Carmelite Missionary?

It was my mother who first taught me something so profound that I could never forget it. She said even though I may make my Morning Offering alone by the side of my bed or in bed I was not alone. Nor would I be alone even if I became a hermit and lived in the middle...

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