Deus Caritas – God is Love

Deus Caritas – God is Love

When Charles Dickens wrote, “God is love,” on the workhouse wall, he was of course being sarcastic. He knew there was no love in that workhouse, as Oliver Twist was about to find when he begged for more gruel.  Yet, Dickens was right;  unlike any other...
Mystical Contemplation is for All

Mystical Contemplation is for All

Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.  Here I describe common experiences that we have all had, particularly in our youth. You may be at...
Busy About Many Things

Busy About Many Things

My mother’s death happened so quickly and was so unexpected that I had difficulty coming to terms with it at the time. Everything seemed so unreal. I just didn’t feel anything. Jobs had to be done and I had to do them. Someone had died and I had to make...
Carmelite Mystics to the Rescue

Carmelite Mystics to the Rescue

Whilst giving a series of lectures on prayer at Belmont Abbey, I was cornered by one of the participants who demanded to know my qualifications. Although I was taken aback, I couldn’t but concede that he had every right to know whether or not the lecturer was worth...

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