Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Carols

A strong memory for me, of my teenage years, was setting out one evening in the frost and snow with my Catholic chums from school, to go carol singing. Advertisements

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Prophet, martyr, and three years old

We’ve touched several times recently on the merits of pacifism, of turning the other cheek. From the the massacre in a Baghdad church come several stories that gives powerful witness to this way of being like Christ. We hear inspiring … Continue reading

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Devotion to the crib: Christmas meditations

Our Holy Father Benedict XVI, in the year of his election, explained in an Angelus message to the faithful the spiritual significance of the crib:

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Religious freedom – the path to peace: World Peace Day Message

(Source: Radio Vatican) ‘Religious freedom – the path to peace:’ that’s the title of Pope Benedict’s message for World Peace Day, celebrated by the Church on January 1st each year. Released by the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council at a … Continue reading

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A Catholic’s job description.

The purpose of following Our Lord is difficult to put into words, but here are some pointers: To possess the meek grandeur of a mighty mountain, the refreshment and cleanliness of a bubbling spring, the noble complexity of a six-crazed … Continue reading

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By this shall all men know – part 5

Last month, our son celebrated his 35th birthday. There have been many times during his lifetime when we’ve doubted we’d reach that milestone. He survived cancer in infancy. He survived accident after accident in childhood, plus several serious illnesses and … Continue reading

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St John of the Cross – Mystic, Doctor of the Church and Co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites

St John of the Cross was born in Spain around 1542 and brought up in great poverty. After the death of his father, the family was constantly on the move in search of a living. Eventually they arrived in Medina … Continue reading

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No Church-Sharing in London for Ordinariate – What’s going on Bishop Chartres?

The Anglican Bishop of London, Rt Rev Richard Chartres gave an address to the London diocesan synod on 2th. Dec. which included the statement quoted below: There does however seem to be a degree of confusion about whether those entering … Continue reading

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Does God the Father have ’emotions’?

(If you are short of time, the answer is “we don’t know, for sure”). We can only know about the Father through the Son. That is what makes us Christians. The Son certainly had emotions: fear, love, humour, anger, grief, … Continue reading

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Leo XIII sings Ave Maria

In this video you hear 93-year-old Pope Leo XIII chant Ave Maria in Latin–the oldest known audio recording of a Pope. This recording, made a few months before he died in 1903, is superimposed over the very first film footage … Continue reading

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The repentant thief

I’ve been mulling over the reading about the good thief from the first Sunday of Advent. Something suddenly struck me when we read that story a couple of weeks ago. Probably everyone else has already noticed this, but it struck … Continue reading

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La Virgen de Guadalupe – Mother of all Mexico

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548), who is the first native American Saint. The official site of Vatican gives us the following account of him: On 9 December 1531, when Juan Diego was on … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception of Mary

Today, 8 December, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The Catholic proclamation of 1854 stated that Mary “was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty … Continue reading

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Some Advent thoughts

The world was in darkness, and nobody knew The way to the Father, like you and I do. They needed a light for to show them the way. And the Great Light came on Christmas day. The above is a … Continue reading

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Fear

There is a good explanation for the hatred shown towards the Catholic Church in some circles: this hatred is essentially drawn from a deep rooted fear that the Church speaks to human hearts in a way that the cold theories … Continue reading

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