Fr Stephen Wang

Fr Stephen Wang is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster. He is currently Senior University Chaplain for the Archdiocese. Some of his articles have previously been published on his personal blog, Bridges and Tangents. See: http://bridgesandtangents.wordpress.com/

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

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The secret of happiness: switching to a standing desk, whatever they might think about you…

Wake up, World! Sitting all day is killing you. That’s why I switched to a standing desk, and you should, too. I’m paraphrasing Tom O’Donnell, who began his piece, “Wake up, America!” He switched recently, […]

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Falling in love is not enough: the true meaning of marriage

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Falling in love is not enough: the true meaning of marriage

I want you to imagine that you are on the top of Mount Nebo. This is where Moses is standing in the First Reading of the Mass today, surveying the Land that has been promised […]

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

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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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God’s thirst for us

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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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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 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

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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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Why evangelisation really matters

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Why evangelisation really matters

Is the Christian faith just for Christians? Or is it something with a universal significance? And if we really believe this, what difference does it make to our lives? A homily by Fr Stephen Wang.

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Do Catholics need to have a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ”?

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Do Catholics need to have a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ”?

What does the language of ‘personal relationship’ and ‘encounter’ mean when we think about our friendship with the Lord? Is this kind of language helpful for Catholics who might have other ways of expressing their […]

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Is God calling you to religious life?

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Is God calling you to religious life?

Is God calling you to religious life? A homily about the meaning of religious and consecrated life in the history of the Church, and whether the Lord might be calling you to some form of […]

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What if you could discover your vocation today?

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What if you could discover your vocation today?

A homily by Fr Stephen Wang about the meaning of the Christian vocations and how we discern our own vocation. Sometimes a vocation seems to grow quite naturally out of our life and our desires; […]

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The meaning of your baptism

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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

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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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Epiphany chalk: the fascination of Catholic devotions

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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An Advent Retreat, Part 2: gratitude, repentance, and prayer

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An Advent Retreat, Part 2: gratitude, repentance, and prayer

Part 2 of a recent “Day of Recollection” to help prepare for the Advent season. By Fr Stephen Wang. For Part 1, click here.

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