O glorious Saint Camillus, special patron of the sick poor, thou who for forty years, with truly heroic charity, didst devote thyself to the relief of their temporal and spiritual necessities, be pleased to assist them now even more generously, … Continue reading A prayer for the sick
Recently, I have become one of two administrators for a Facebook group for people who enjoy visiting churches. Collectively, these people are known as Churchcrawlers. Following the fire at Notre Dame de Patris, the group exploded into discussion about what should happen. The following is what I wrote after there had been much robust discussion. I fear that some people have slightly “lost the run of themselves” regarding the fire at Notre Dame de Paris. Like so many in the [Churchcrawling Facebook group] and around the world, I was very sad to see this great, beautiful and historic building and … Continue reading Losing the run of yourself about Notre Dame
Just as Evensong finished in St George’s there was a series of explosions outside. So much so that a large group of the congregation gathered in the Narthex to find out what was going on. It was no problem it was just the Hallowe’en Firework display starting from next to the Lagan. Today has been a liturgical nightmare for some of us. What day do we celebrate? According to the 1962 Calendar in the Roman Rite it is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (White or Gold hangings). In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite it … Continue reading A liturgical nightmare and the holy motorists
Andrew Page writes: I’m sure I’m not the only person in Scotland today angry at comments made by archbishop-elect Philip Tartaglia. I’m pretty certain he is not the only person angry at Philip Tartaglia – this Irishman is pretty annoyed … Continue reading What would David Cairns make of Archbishop Tartaglia? from @scottishliberal
Most holy Mary, to thy faithful care and particular protection and to the bosom of thy mercy, to-day and every day, and particularly at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and my body. All my hope and … Continue reading A prayer of St Aloysius to Our Lady
Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.—His Eminence Keith Cardinal O’Brien in The Sunday Telegraph As a gay man, and a Christian, it really disheartens me to read what His Eminence has written it seems that he has not actually put much thought into what he is writing, and is reacting rather angrily to proposals that could see an end to discrimination. As I understand it, none of the … Continue reading The Cardinal should be thinking about Covenants not worrying about civil marriages
Yesterday I visited the mother of my friend Peter Davies in her home in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. We went in, sat down in the sitting room and in pride of place on the mantelpiece was the picture illustrated here.
Mrs Davies told me to take it down and look at it if I wanted, so I did. I then asked if I might photograph it. The only camera with which I have been equipped for a while has been the one on my iPhone 4. Nevertheless, the camera has done me proud, I believe.
For those that don’t know, there are 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart Continue reading “A traditional devotion that every Catholic should practice”
Yesterday, in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, The Rt Rev Mgr Richard Moth told Scouts that ‘Service is uncomplicated – it is the giving of ourselves for others’, during the Founder’s Day Mass for Catholics in Scouting in England & Wales. Continue reading Service is uncomplicated – says Catholic Bishop to Scouts
One of my resolutions for this year is to try and read the Office of Readings for each day from The Divine Office: the Liturgy of the Hours according to the Roman Rite, as renewed by Decree of the Second Vatican Council and Promulgated by the Authority of Pope Paul Ⅵ. The first reading is from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians … You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be helpful to one another, and forgive one another, whenever any of you has a … Continue reading from the Office: 3 January