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The dense mystery of the Breviary: the experience of a young seminarian

Filed in Spirituality by on July 19, 2014 9 Comments
The dense mystery of the Breviary: the experience of a young seminarian

My breviary was a farewell gift from my mother and my sister. They presented it to me the night before I left for seminary. I had been told that this was the essential kit that […]

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Five Reasons to Discern Your Charisms

Filed in Spirituality by on July 14, 2014 5 Comments
Five Reasons to Discern Your Charisms

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Called and Gifted Workshop we held in the Diocese. It was truly a blessed time – many, many people have spoken about how blessed they were by the event. […]

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Is there a fundamental conflict between the Catholic faith and psychiatry?

Filed in Science by on July 6, 2014 14 Comments
Is there a fundamental conflict between the Catholic faith and psychiatry?

A review by Dr Anulika Igboaka of Catholicism and Mental Health by Pravin Thevathasan, Catholic Truth Society. This work sets out to explain why there should not be any conflict between Catholicism and Psychiatry. By providing an […]

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Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour?

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Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour?

Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour? A homily by Fr Stephen Wang given at Newman House, 6 July 2014.

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The journey

Filed in News by on June 30, 2014 0 Comments
The journey

I love this teaser video for the Youth 2000 festival in Walsingham this summer – THE festival of the summer if you’re 16-30. There is more info here. This year there are LOADS of coaches travelling […]

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Vocation to Love, part 7: Job, Career or Vocation?

Filed in Work by on June 30, 2014 0 Comments
Vocation to Love, part 7: Job, Career or Vocation?

My great-nephew Aidan is five. He knows what he wants to do when he grows up. ‘I’m going to be a floor-layer,’ he says. I made a suggestion about a hobby he might enjoy. ‘No,’ […]

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The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Filed in Ethics by on June 27, 2014 31 Comments
The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Here are some of the responses to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, highlighting the weaknesses and dangers of the Bill. This is a briefing from the Catholic Church in England and Wales: What the Bill […]

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The sound of silence

Filed in Spirituality by on June 26, 2014 1 Comment
The sound of silence

In loco isto dabo pacem. In this place I give peace. This is the motto of Pluscarden Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the Highlands of Scotland. At Pluscarden, the peace that God offers a distracted, […]

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Preparing for Confirmation: thoughts, experiences, tips, advice, and much more

Filed in Catholic by on June 26, 2014 0 Comments
Preparing for Confirmation: thoughts, experiences, tips, advice, and much more

What a week! Thank you everyone for all your good wishes and encouragement. There have been so many enquiries about the programme. With this in mind, I wanted to share a bit more of the background story… […]

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, vocation groups and catechesis

Filed in Catholic by on June 25, 2014 0 Comments
The Sacrament of Holy Orders: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, vocation groups and catechesis

Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) have published an inspiring DVD about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Do watch the trailer above. You can order it here. And read the blurb here: The Sacrament of Holy Orders – […]

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How to set the world on fire, despite your weaknesses, through the power of the Holy Spirit

Filed in Spirituality by on June 23, 2014 0 Comments
How to set the world on fire, despite your weaknesses, through the power of the Holy Spirit

The call to be a missionary disciple, to cast fire on the earth, is a call to heroism. The problem is that most of us are not heroes. So does that mean we have to […]

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Some exciting news about the Confirmation Programme

Filed in Catholic by on June 22, 2014 0 Comments
Some exciting news about the Confirmation Programme

Well, people, there’s been a long build-up to this and it has been somewhat hectic since I’ve been squeezing it in among everything else… But - finally! - I can let you know that the Confirmation programme I have […]

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Seven habits of highly effective Catholics

Filed in Spirituality by on June 19, 2014 4 Comments
Seven habits of highly effective Catholics

I am sure there are many people of  a certain age who remember the title of a very popular book, Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. Well I would like to put […]

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Tinder: the dangers and delights of mobile app dating

Filed in Relationships by on June 16, 2014 5 Comments
Tinder: the dangers and delights of mobile app dating

[A guest post by Stephen Rooney]. With the tag line “A fun way to break the ice” and launched initially as an iPhone application in September 2012, Tinder has taken the millennial dating market by […]

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Volunteer missionaries at SPEC

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Volunteer missionaries at SPEC

This is a circular letter from the Director at SPEC in the Diocese of Westminster, seeking volunteers for the coming academic year: I wrote to you back in March with a request for your help […]

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Filed in Ethics by on June 11, 2014 3 Comments
Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords last week, and its second is expected on or close to 18 July. The Bill aims to change the law in order “to enable competent […]

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The beauty and power of the Sacrament of Marriage: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechetical groups and couples themselves

Filed in Relationships by on June 10, 2014 2 Comments
The beauty and power of the Sacrament of Marriage: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechetical groups and couples themselves

Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) have just published a marvelous new DVD about the Sacrament of Marriage. You can order it here. You can watch the trailer above, and read the blurb that follows: A TV quality […]

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The secret of authentic communication: the example of St Boniface

Filed in Media by on June 9, 2014 0 Comments
The secret of authentic communication: the example of St Boniface

To communicate with others is not just to share information, it is to create a common space where one can meet the other, finding a common language that allows a genuine personal encounter. Fr Stephen […]

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Great Catholic websites

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Great Catholic websites

Sarah Reinhard lists and comments on the Catholic websites that she has found most helpful for her faith. She writes regularly at SnoringScholar.com and is the author of “A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy” (Ava […]

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Spirit in the City: coming to the West End of London next week

Filed in Arts by on June 5, 2014 0 Comments
Spirit in the City: coming to the West End of London next week

Spirit in the City, the biggest Catholic Festival in the West End of London kicks off on Wednesday 11th June with a Medieval Chants concert at Notre Dame de France at 7:30pm, followed by three days […]

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