Posts tagged love

The Feast of Stephen.

This morning, still full of the joy of our celebrations, I was struck by the reading from the saints in the office of readings. As St Fulgentius, this morning points out we move straight from the celebration of Christ’s coming to thinking about Stephen, the first martyr. Many of the early Christian writers identify parallels […]

Saving Our Souls or Finding our heart’s desire.

A while ago, I read a letter in the Catholic Herald that made me stop and think. There had been a variety of articles and letters on the theme of Hell. The writer of the letter was joining in the debate. His premise was that we need to teach about Hell because teaching about consequences […]

Adult Lent Group 1.

In Lent, our adult group is working its way through a course based on Henri Nouwen’s book, ‘The Return of the Prodigal”. The first session, on 14th February, we listened to extracts from the chapter entitled “The younger son leaves home.” Nouwen says that “Leaving home is…a denial of the spiritual reality that I belong […]

Unleashed.

One aspect of the First Holy Communion class I was leading on Sunday struck me as I was teaching: the slavery of sin. It brought back an element of a retreat I did a few years ago. During this week, I was preparing a Bible Study on Galatians that I was leading a few weeks […]

In the face of great evil.

A few weeks ago some of us joined the diocesan congregation for their patronal festival. Since then, I have been thinking a lot about St Agnes and about Fr Raglan’s homily. The story of St Agnes is an uncomfortable one. During the infamous persecution under Emperor Diocletian, many were tortured and executed for their faith. […]

Love: Reflection on Adult Advent Group 4.

This evening at our 4pm mass, the final candle on the Advent wreath will be lit. Advent, our time of waiting and preparation ends or rather reaches its fulfilment. As part of our preparation, Thursday saw our final Adults’ Advent group. We looked at the Gospel and quotes from Blessed John Paul II on our […]