Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Warning

THE DANGER OF CENTERING PRAYER By JOHN D. DREHER In the mid-seventies, Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating asked the monks, “‘Could we put the Christian tradition into a form that would be accessible to people . . . who have been … Continue reading

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On being rescued: part 3.

For part 1 and part 2, please click those links. In summary then, from being a high flying king of the hill, I was taken down to being a broken-hearted child killer. My social circle was miniscule, and rarefied. I still had … Continue reading

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Living the Liturgy – The Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek

The Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation is a Benedictine Monastery at Clear Creek in Oklahoma, U.S.A. It is a Foundation of the Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault. (Congregation of Solesmes). Monasteries which are members of the Solesmes Congregation, as … Continue reading

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Coffin Routine

Here’s a spiritual exercise for you to try at home. It’s probably best to do it  last thing at night. First say your night prayers, and add a sincere act of perfect contrition: apologise to God for having offended against … Continue reading

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Good signs for Christians from the Republic of Turkey

(Dear Readers, after having raised some controversy regarding Islam, I am glad that I can report some positive news, before I change the topic.) Turkey, with 98% of its population Muslim, is the only Muslim country without a state religion. … Continue reading

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Love until it hurts

Today, 26th August, marks the start of a yearlong centenary celebration of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The diminutive, universally-loved nun whom John Paul II described as “one of the most important figures of our time” will be … Continue reading

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Spiritual Navigation

I get lost, spiritually, all the time. As I am weak, it takes very little to upset my sense of being on the right road. The tide, that is the combination of my life’s events, and the workings of the … Continue reading

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God Honors the Humble, Says Pope

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 22, 2010 ( The Virgin Mary is the “perfect example” of how God honors the humble, and humbles the proud. The Pope said this today before praying the midday Angelus with the faithful gathered at the … Continue reading

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Life is full of frustrations, many of which will have been increased or aided by the computer that is displaying this post to you. Young children, used to their lives being ruled and facilitated by their parents, also have a … Continue reading

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Please, no tambourines…

It is becoming more difficult to live life as a Catholic in England, but we really have it easy: would you have burned incense to escape the lions under Domitian? would you have kept the faith under the tyrant, Henry … Continue reading

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Making the sign of the cross in your emails

Did you know this was possible? Thanks to Deacon’s Bench for posting it. So go and spread the Good News, folks! †

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On death, dying, and funerals

I’m by no means an expert on funerals, but – as the amateur critic always says – I know what I like. It’s a function of my age and the size of my extended family that I’ve been to a … Continue reading

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John Henry Newman – Part III – The Saint

In this final part of my musings on Cardinal John Henry Newman, we look at the Cause for his beatification, and, perhaps wonder what Cardinal Newman might have made of it! It must be remembered that when Newman was born, … Continue reading

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Papal Visit Itinerary

As an addendum to the Promo video posted yesterday, here is a detailed itinerary for the Holy Father’s visit. I understand from the EWBC that as far as Cofton Park is concerned, the distance from coach to seating, will depend on … Continue reading

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Papal Visit Promotional

Thanks to JANE MOSSENDEW we find this lovely video. Hope it will raise your spirit, despite the irritations and disappointments combined with the dissatisfying organisation and preparation for the papal visit in September:

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