Grandpa

Grandpa why do cows have horns? Grandpa why is my book torn.? Its grandpa this and grandpa that Grandpa why are cats called cats.? They say asking questions is part of learning But how my poor old bones are yearning For a newspaper and a quiet nap When someone sky dives into my lap. I’m…

Tenth Station of the Cross

  Jesus willingly accepted this humiliation of being jeered at and mocked so that we may be forgiven, just as He had accepted all of His Suffering up to this point. This also must have been unbearably painful for Our Blessed Mother and those with her as they stood nearby. This was one more sword…

How Do I Go to Confession?

Lent is a time for metanoia – for turning back to the Lord. We strive to turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. The Sacrament of Confession is a wonderful sacrament of healing. In this sacrament, we hear the words of Christ, spoken through the priest: “I absolve you from your sins…” Let…

Do You want to Fast this Lent?

from Pope Francis Fast from hurting words and say kind words, Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude, Fast from anger and be filled with patience, Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope, Fast from worries and trust in God, Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity, Fast from pressures and be prayerful, Fast…

Space

Decluttering. Minimalism. Mindfulness. These current buzzwords are beloved by style gurus intent on telling us how to improve our lives. ‘Declutter’ they urge. You’ve got too many possessions. you can live with less. Clear out everything you don’t need. You’re modern people living in modern homes. Away with your furniture, carpets, wallpaper, patterned fabrics, ornaments.…

Revelations of Divine Love

A few weeks ago I watched a tv programme about the very first book ever written in English by a woman. It’s called  Revelations of Divine Love written by the 14th century mystic Mother Julian of Norwich. Her fame as a spiritual counsellor was widespread but her writing is probably best known today for the…

I am Catholic… and Proud of It!

I remember a few years a number of books appeared with titles such as “Why I am still a Catholic …”. The sub-text of the title was that one has to be a little crazy to be a Catholic especially if one were educated (I was recently attacked in this way on Facebook by a…