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The ‘reasonable accommodation’ of faith in the workplace

Filed in Ethics by on January 25, 2015 0 Comments
The ‘reasonable accommodation’ of faith in the workplace

Many readers will recall the case of Celestina Mba, the Baptist sacked by a London council because she did not want to work on Sundays, which (following the Fourth Commandment) she regarded as exclusively for rest and worship. Mrs Mba was […]

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“Who teaches us to love? Only the Holy Spirit”

Filed in Catholic by on January 25, 2015 1 Comment
“Who teaches us to love? Only the Holy Spirit”

I was slightly curious when the Holy Father recently lumped together “catechetical courses” with “courses in yoga, Zen and all these things” and said none of these would lead us to true freedom of the child […]

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The meaning of your baptism

Filed in Catholic by on January 21, 2015 0 Comments
The meaning of your baptism

I’m late posting this homily (from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord ten days ago), but it might still interest anyone who is baptised!

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Birdman

Filed in Arts by on January 20, 2015 1 Comment
Birdman

Every now and then a film comes along that changes your understanding of what a film can be. This was my experience in the Odeon Covent Garden last night. I spent most of the two […]

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How to think, how to consume, how to give: three ‘new’ perspectives

Filed in Science by on January 20, 2015 5 Comments
How to think, how to consume, how to give: three ‘new’ perspectives

I have read three unusual books recently, each one of them the sort that changes the way you see the world. The first was exceptionally intelligent, the second excitingly creative, the third deeply wise. The […]

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A Lenten weekend for lecturers and teachers in higher education, 27th February to 1st March, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria

Filed in Spirituality by on January 20, 2015 0 Comments
A Lenten weekend for lecturers and teachers in higher education, 27th February to 1st March, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria

TIME TO REFLECT A Lenten weekend for lecturers and teachers in higher education. 27th February to 1st March. Boarbank Hall, Cumbria. The dreaming spires have long disappeared. Today’s university lecturers are fighting exhaustion and overwork, […]

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Transformed in Christ, Confirmation Catechists’ Day, 21 February

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Transformed in Christ, Confirmation Catechists’ Day, 21 February

I want to let people know about a training day for catechists that I will be leading on Saturday 21 February at Our Lady of Victories church in Kensington. We first ran this day in Portsmouth […]

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The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

Filed in News by on January 18, 2015 1 Comment
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

I’ve written a review of Austen Ivereigh’s new biography of Pope Francis at the Quadrapheme website. You can read the full review here; and see the first few paragraphs copied below. There is, in Buenos Aires, […]

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Weekend retreats for those wanting to experience religious life: Dominican women and Benedictine men

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Weekend retreats for those wanting to experience religious life: Dominican women and Benedictine men

Two retreats are coming up for young people wanting to experience religious life, at the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, and Quarr Abbey. Details are below. IN CORDE CHRISTI – In the Heart of Christ. […]

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Holy Week for young people at Pluscarden Abbey

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Holy Week for young people at Pluscarden Abbey

The Abbot and monks of Pluscarden Abbey invite young people (aged 18-30) to celebrate the Liturgy with them from Wednesday of Holy Week until Easter (1 to 6 April). Our guests will stay in the […]

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Learning to speak God’s own language

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Learning to speak God’s own language

The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus is a great way to meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation. It can tell us a lot about what it means to be part of a new […]

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Gifts for a King

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Gifts for a King

The Feast of the Epiphany, traditionally celebrated on 6th January, is moved to this Sunday in some countries. We celebrate the arrival of the “The Three Kings” or ” Wise Men” from the East who […]

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Epiphany chalk: the fascination of Catholic devotions

Filed in Spirituality by on January 4, 2015 2 Comments
Epiphany chalk: the fascination of Catholic devotions

I’m re-posting this post from Bridges and Tangents (written three years ago when I was working at the seminary) in case anyone wants to do the chalk-thing for the Epiphany this weekend: Catholic devotions are fantastic! Last night, […]

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Epiphany concert in London supporting minorities in the Middle East

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Epiphany concert in London supporting minorities in the Middle East

St Patrick’s Soho is pleased to present Aradin Charitable Trust Fundraising Concert “The Epiphany” at 7:30- 9pm – 4th January 2015 (Sunday) in supporting education and cultural preservation of the minorities in the Middle East, […]

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Everything that Jesus has done for us depends on what Mary has done for us

Filed in Relationships by on December 23, 2014 2 Comments
Everything that Jesus has done for us depends on what Mary has done for us

A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang about the significance of Mary in salvation history: showing how everything that Jesus has done for us depends on what Mary has done for us; and the more you […]

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Inspiration for the end of the year, Part 2: Compassion and kinship

Filed in Work by on December 23, 2014 3 Comments
Inspiration for the end of the year, Part 2: Compassion and kinship

The other video that has made a real impression on me this year is this TED Talk from Fr Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, and an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and […]

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How to find true joy

Filed in Spirituality by on December 21, 2014 1 Comment
How to find true joy

What is joy? Is it a feeling or an emotion? Is it an attitude or an outlook that you can choose to experience through an active decision? Is it a gift that’s beyond your own […]

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Inspiration for the end of the year, Part 1: Saying Yes to God

Filed in Spirituality by on December 18, 2014 1 Comment
Inspiration for the end of the year, Part 1: Saying Yes to God

Looking back on the year, now most of the students have gone home, two inspirational talks stand out for me. I heard the first one in person, at the HTB Leadership Conference in May. Kay […]

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New Year retreat for young people in central London

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New Year retreat for young people in central London

Young people are warmly invited to attend the Youth 2000 New Year retreat entitled TAKE HEART which takes places in central London. With the Liturgy and prayer at the heart of the retreat, there is […]

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New Rector at the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham

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New Rector at the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham

Monsignor John Armitage has been appointed the new Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. Mgr Armitage will leave his post as a Vicar General of the Brentwood Diocese. Cardinal Vincent […]

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