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...
A Legacy from my Recusant Past

A Legacy from my Recusant Past

On the day when Pope Benedict first used the Internet ‘to tweet’, he was asked by one of his respondents, how can married people, living such busy lives, find time for prayer?  He replied –“By offering everything that is said and done each day to God.” First thoughts...
The Sacrament of the Present Moment

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

The Mass to inaugurate the Year of Divine Mercy had been prepared by the parishioners with the help of the curate and a group of the Sisters of Mercy. The readings, the psalms and the prayer had all been chosen to echo the overall theme of asking God to give his...
The Perfect Model for Christian Prayer

The Perfect Model for Christian Prayer

My little book ‘How to Pray’ had been commissioned by a Carmelite publishing house in Prague, as part of a pocket book series concentrating on different aspects of spirituality? I was delighted when it won the prize for the best spiritual book of 2004, and was then...

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