It was a sort of ‘Dorian Gray’ situation, where his mother took the place of his own decaying portrait.
While still at school I went on a moral leadership course run by a group of priests. The priest in charge explained that Jesus was the embodiment of all true virtue.
Of the whole gamut of myths, legends and fairy tales that have been told in human history,
I am as delighted as all other orthodox Catholics that the Spanish Bishops have spoken out against all forms of prayer involving Eastern meditation techniques
Prayer is a process of continual inner conversion that involves gently trying to turn, open and surrender the heart to God
Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer happens suddenly, or never happens at all.
Shock, horror! I have just received a devastating email from a one-time fan to say that in my most recent article, ‘some of the stuff’ I wrote before was repeated.
The very reason why Christ sent out his love on the first Pentecost day was so that it could enter into all who would receive it.
Bishop Casey of Brentwood appointed me director of his retreat and conference centre in North London, Walsingham House, owned by Dominican sisters.
If I had not been working for several organisations in the USA for the past six years I might have thought Archbishop Vigano’s letters referred to in the Catholic media, as way over the top,
It was after Quietism (1687) was condemned that the faithful were left with a spirituality that was primarily a moral teaching, without the love derived from mystical contemplation that would enable a person to live that moral teaching.
This is the first year that I did not have a Christmas Card from Sr Wendy Beckett.
Throughout his life St Francis was consumed by a desire to give his life for Christ.
It has always been believed that happiness depends on love more than on anything else. The greater the love, the greater the happiness.
Since the age of eight my closest friend was, what later came to be called ‘gay’.
It is said that those who have been uncovering the truth about the corruption in the Church, most particularly in high places, are the instruments of the devil because they scandalize the faithful.
I heard few complaints when it was decided to have a ‘Year of Mercy’. How could anyone complain about a year dedicated to asking God’s mercy on us and on others?
Over thirty years ago, by accident rather than by design, I became aware of the terrible sexual scandals that hit the headlines ten or so years later.
Two years before his death St Francis received the stigmata which we celebrate on the 17th September.
When Edmund Burke wrote: “These things are unspeakable, but I cannot remain silent,” he could have been speaking about the terrible sexual scandals that are taking place in our Church.