The Cure of the Royal Official’s Son

‘Go home,’ said Jesus ‘your son will live.’   In today’s Gospel we hear of Jesus’ second sign – the curing of the Royal Official’s son. In the scene, we hear of the journey that the royal official makes in going to meet Jesus, to ask for a cure for his son. Upon making his…

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday A sonnet by Malcolm Guite for today… At last, in spite of all, a recognition, For those who loved and laboured for so long, Who brought us, through that labour, to fruition To flourish in the place where we belong. A thanks to those who stayed and did the raising, Who buckled down…

Mary: Model of the Church at Prayer 

A General Audience from Pope John Paul II. 1. In the Apostolic Exhortation Marialis cultus the Servant of God Paul VI, of venerable memory, presents the Blessed Virgin as a model of the Church at worship. This assertion is a corollary as it were to the truth that points to Mary as a paradigm for the People…

The Power of Confession

Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who…

‘Indifference’

When Jesus came to Birmingham they simply passed him by. They never hurt a hair of him they simply let him die. For men had grown more tender and they would not give him pain. They only just passed down the street and left him in the rain. Still Jesus cried, ‘Forgive them, for they…

David, I am always with you

Following my dad’s example, I had been a determined atheist for over 60 years when – unexpectedly and definitely against my will – the power of the Holy Spirit reached out to me in a way that could not be ignored. This happened as I sat unhappily in my armchair at home several weeks after…

Just ashes?

When we receive our ashes on Ash Wednesday, the minister says “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, reminding us that God created us out of the earth and to earth we will return at death. Curiously, this is a belief we share with materialistic atheists who think we are nothing…