Category Archives: Living Catholic lives

Fr Z on Attachment to Sin, Indulgences and You

In the unlikely event that you haven’t yet discovered Fr Z’s blog, it’s high time to check it out. Meanwhile here’s an example of the sound and helpful teaching you can find on WDTPRS: As I write it is All … Continue reading

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Life holds one tragedy – not to have been a saint

Almost a year ago, I posted under this same heading – in response to those who felt impelled to explain to the Church who could, and who couldn’t be called a saint. In that article, I was addressing those who … Continue reading

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Modesty at Mass – A Case for a Catholic Dress Code

In a few weeks, we will start hearing about the coming changes to the Catholic liturgy. Much to the surprise of the world, the Catholic Church is, in fact, capable of change. There will be a brief period of freak-out, … Continue reading

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How do I find time to pray?

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me – working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a very full day? … Continue reading

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Children in Clerical Attire

I discovered these priceless photos through our blogging friend Augustinian Canon Herr Alipius. As a convert I would like to ask you, our dear readers, some questions: I was not born and raised in a Catholic milieu, but I’ve learned … Continue reading

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Converts vs. ‘Cradle Catholics’

Most of you know that Catholicism Pure author’s are a mix of what we now call ‘cradle’ Catholic’s and ‘converts’. Personally I dislike the distinction – in a universal Roman Catholic Church we are surely universally Roman Catholic are we … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies’ latest pastoral letter

My dear brothers and sisters, The extraordinary scenes as they unfolded on the streets of London and Birmingham would disturb public opinion, shock media commentators and prompt a statement from the Prime Minister. I write to you today not of … Continue reading

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Friday Penance

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have asked Catholics to return from Friday 16 September to the practice of abstaining from meat every Friday throughout the year. Catholics are invited to unite this penance to prayer: The Visit of Pope Benedict XVI evoked … Continue reading

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Freedom to Die?

“Freedom” is a highly cherished value in our society, not only in all aspects of life, but increasingly in aspects of death as well. The chant, “My life is mine” has also become, “My death is mine.” There is a … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favourite things

The liturgical year, with its seasons and rhythms, gives shape and meaning to the year: feast days to celebrate, days of reflection,days of hope; days for penance, for mourning, for thanksgiving, for rejoicing.

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Is it always wrong to kill?

From time to time, the Internet sees vigorous debate about the morality of the Israelite’s – and by extension God’s – massacre of the people of Jericho and others. My stand is that we can’t just write off the bits … Continue reading

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In the shallows of the night

One naked star has waded through The purple shallows of the night, And faltering as falls the dew It drips its misty light. James Whitcomb Riley—The Beetle. Forgive this piece of sheer indulgence: it is late, I am alone with … Continue reading

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Trials of Religious Life – Living in Community Doesn’t Eliminate Holy Struggle.

A month or two ago Brother Burrito wrote ‘Oh I wish I were  a monk/nun (delete as appropriate)’. The following article from the National Catholic Register is one of the best articles I have seen explaining the ethos of religious life, … Continue reading

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“There’s an app for that”

New technology is a marvellous thing and, having had an iPhone for a couple of years, I thought it might be of interest to feedback on a couple of the religious apps that I’ve used over that period. iPieta  iPieta … Continue reading

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The secret of true happiness

 Fr Christopher Jamison OSB says it is better to plan a happy death rather than trying to feel good all the time By Fr Christopher Jamison A man dives into the Irish Sea: ‘A common assumption about happiness is that … Continue reading

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