Posts by Fr Neil Chatfield

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

It was to address our fallen nature that Our Lord came, to free us from the reign of evil, sin and death and make possible our reconciliation with God, the Father. Fear of what the implications might be for our lives or relationships, and the changes it may well require, should not impede our embracing of the way of reconciliation with our Lord.

“The Trinity with Christ Crucified” (detail), unknown Austrian painter, c.1425; National Gallery, London

God is love: we also ought to love one another

The revealing of the one God in three Persons, the Holy Trinity, is a revelation of the heart of God for lost humanity to know His divine embrace.

The Martyrdom of the Blessed Signoretto Alliata

Witness to the faith and glorify the Lord

Yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.

St Peter preaching in the presence of St Mark

Always be prepared to give an account for the hope that is in you

The inability for us to live out the sacramental life as a Catholic is a real trial but also an opportunity to bear witness to the Lord. In this mini-martyrdom, are we ready to act and speak in a way that gives a reason for the hope that is in us?

Christ the Rock

Christ the Rock

Only if we are able to stand upon this living stone will we be able to emerge from this present crisis positively, revealing more clearly that we are a chosen race, royal priesthood, God’s own people and where our true joy will be found.

The resurrection and its connection to morality

It is in the light of the profound hope of the resurrection that Peter has been encouraging the faithful to build their lives.