Author Archives: The Raven

A prayer request

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Michael Clifton (Fr Mildew), a fine and humble priest, who has passed away this afternoon at the age of 80. Please see here for a fine account of his most … Continue reading

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Malta – Another perspective

Needless to say, the Maltese Bishops’ guidance on AL has not been received with joy throughout the Church (see here, for example). In the Irish Catholic another view is expressed here. This is the key part of the argument (my … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour. On … Continue reading

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A thought for this day and every day

St Josemaria saying Mass You must love, venerate, pray and mortify yourself for the Pope, and do so with greater affection each day. St Josemaría Escrivá‏  Happy birthday, Holy Father.

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The Holy Grail of Holy Medals

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Originally posted on Dominus mihi adjutor:
Some time earlier this year I was on the hunt for a medal of St Benedict. Not one of the vin ordinaire cheapies (though they are not unworthy) and certainly not the mass-produced Chinese…

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Farewell with request for prayers

Originally posted on efpastoremeritus2:
This is my final blog as the doctors and the respiratory team have advised that I do not have much time left to live due to the fact of being in the end stages of COPD…

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Ecumenism

Please read Fr Blake’s entirely serious musings on the idol of Luther here.

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Ember Wednesday after Pentecost

Station at St. Mary Major “The Gift of Fortitude is a permanent power which the Holy Ghost communicates to our will to assist us in overcoming the difficulties which might deter us in the practice of what is right.” (Rev. … Continue reading

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Deaconesses

Someone in Rome has said something about reviving the order of deaconesses.  This has got all of the dissenters very excited. There are a couple of points to make: Deaconess ≠ Deacon – the earliest statutes of the Church pretty … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent  – Fr Alfred Delp SJ

Written in Tegel Prison, Berlin December 1944 Threefold Bondage and Liberation The same thing applies to the Advent of prayer as to the Advent of life. All hopes and all hindrances are rolled together into one great weight just before … Continue reading

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Fr Alfred Delp SJ: meditation on the third Sunday of Advent – final extract

The honesty with which man should be true to himself is an intrinsic selflessness. Through this selflessness, he should not become a disinterested and uninteresting Nirvanist, but should transcend himself by expressing his openness to God in readiness, service, and … Continue reading

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Fr Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the third Sunday in Advent, Part 3

In order for man to attain to this density of life and ascend to this capability of deep breath and deep joy, a great conversion is needed, a great transformation of his being. This will be the result of individual … Continue reading

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Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Part 2

Today, with Saint Paul, the liturgy names the first prerequisite for making true joy possible: “In Domino [In the Lord]. Gaudete in Domino [Rejoice in the Lord]. Dominus prope est [The Lord is near]” (Phil 4:4-5). Holiness and happiness intrinsically … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Third Sunday of Advent

Originally posted on Alfred Delp: A Self-surrender at the Heart of the World:
Alfred Delp’s prison meditation on the third Sunday of Advent is his most lengthy reflection on the meaning of Advent. Due the length, I aim to divide…

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Meditation for the Second Sunday of Advent

Fr Alred Delp SJ Written in Tegel Prison December 1944  “Surge et sta in excelso—Arise and stand on high” (Bar 5:5). Value or lack of value, depth or lack of depth in human life depends greatly upon life remaining sculptured, … Continue reading

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