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St Margaret Clitherow

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St Margaret Clitherow

[St Margaret’s feast tends to get forgotten because it falls on 25th March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. So this piece is being posted today instead.] Like many Yorkshire women, Margaret Clitherow was not afraid […]

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Can catechesis get in the way of making disciples? (Part 2)

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Can catechesis get in the way of making disciples? (Part 2)

(You can find Part 1 of this post here.) In the last post, I suggested there are two ways that catechesis can get in the way of making disciples. First, I wrote about how catechesis can […]

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One day conference on “Tools for evangelisation: communicating the faith”

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One day conference on “Tools for evangelisation: communicating the faith”

A one day conference that will provide you with the tools to Communicate the Faith effectively to others. See the image above for full details: Saturday 25 April 10 am Registration – 4pm finish Downside […]

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“Faith in Film” Competition

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“Faith in Film” Competition

With the theme of “The Truth is Out There. Have Faith”, this year’s Insight Student Filmmaker Award challenges the UK’s best student filmmakers to turn their creativity and their passion to exploring what faith and […]

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Thinking about death

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Thinking about death

It’s often said that in our Western culture we hide from the reality of death. The more puzzling and worrying thing is that we seem so uninterested in what awaits us beyond death. A homily […]

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From high fashion to a meditation on mortality and transcendence: the Alexander McQueen retrospective

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From high fashion to a meditation on mortality and transcendence: the Alexander McQueen retrospective

It is easy to mock the world of high-end fashion for its preening, Zoolander excesses. With every passing Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter collection, the business of fashion can be dismissed as a superficial enterprise, an ephemeral exercise […]

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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth, currently Bishop of the Forces, as Bishop of Arundel & Brighton. He will be the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton. Bishop Moth was ordained a priest in […]

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An argument for having Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in every parish

Filed in Spirituality by on March 19, 2015 2 Comments
An argument for having Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in every parish

I’m reading a book by Fr Vincent Martin Lucia called Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament, which is one of the spiritual books that Blessed Mother Teresa recommended to her sisters, and which she carried […]

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Jean Vanier wins the 2015 Templeton Prize

Filed in Arts by on March 17, 2015 0 Comments
Jean Vanier wins the 2015 Templeton Prize

In case you missed this news last week: Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, a revolutionary international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has won […]

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part II: ‘contemporary challenges’

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part II: ‘contemporary challenges’

[The second in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October] After the ‘Introduction’ (discussed in my previous post), the […]

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I arise today

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I arise today

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Here is the beautiful prayer attributed to St Patrick. I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness […]

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God’s thirst for us

Filed in Spirituality by on March 13, 2015 0 Comments
God’s thirst for us

Yes, we thirst for God. As St Augustine wrote, Our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. But part of the mystery revealed in Jesus Christ is that God thirsts for us as well. […]

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Catching up…

Filed in Catholic by on March 12, 2015 0 Comments
Catching up…

The past month has been non-stop can’t-catch-your-breath activity, and this weekend, I’ve been relishing getting caught up with “normal life”. All of this has been good and exciting, but how much we also need ordinary life, our home, normality. […]

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Seven reasons not to go to confession

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Seven reasons not to go to confession

A homily about the Sacrament of Penance, including some thoughts about: the connection between the Transfiguration and confession; confession as a personal encounter with the Lord; confession as an “Apocalyptic Event”; 7 reasons not to […]

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How do you know that what you’re doing is working?

Filed in Spirituality by on February 26, 2015 2 Comments
How do you know that what you’re doing is working?

It was a moment of doubt. I was sitting in the pub, waiting for a couple of our RCIA candidates to turn up, flicking through posts in the Forming Intentional Disciples Forum on my phone. Wondering […]

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The Synod on the Family: Listening

Filed in Family by on February 26, 2015 1 Comment
The Synod on the Family: Listening

[This is the first in a series by Elizabeth Howard looking at the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the synod of bishops in October] After the Extraordinary Synod […]

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When love is poured out through one person onto a whole community

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When love is poured out through one person onto a whole community

For some people, a vocation arrives unexpectedly, even in the context of apparent tragedy. For Peter, it arrived when he was taken ill at the age of three. Suddenly, a normal, healthy, little boy was […]

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General Election 2015 – Letter to Catholics in England and Wales from their Bishops

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General Election 2015 – Letter to Catholics in England and Wales from their Bishops

The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read […]

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How to live Lent

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How to live Lent

Practical tips about what to do this Lent; and a few extra thoughts about why it’s not really about doing! A homily by Fr Stephen Wang.

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No, Birdman isn’t about Hollywood

Filed in Arts by on February 23, 2015 2 Comments
No, Birdman isn’t about Hollywood

I read a snarky comment in the Evening Standard this afternoon suggesting that Birdman’s triumph at the Oscars was another example of Hollywood’s pitiful self-regard: the industry patting itself on the back, ignoring all those important […]

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