Faith

Jesus came to bring peace. Or did he?

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Jesus came to bring peace. Or did he?

I was asked to give a talk about ‘inner peace’ to a group this week. In the end I simply did a word study on the different ways that the word ‘peace’ is used in […]

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Is your Christian faith really a subtle form of atheism?

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Is your Christian faith really a subtle form of atheism?

Very often, without acknowledging it, Christians speak and act in a way that betrays an atheistic world-view. A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang.

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The foundations of the spiritual life

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The foundations of the spiritual life

The French philosopher, Rene Descartes, famously tried to find the bedrock of thinking. He wanted the certainty he found in mathematics in all his thinking. He wanted therefore to find something he could not doubt, […]

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St John Paul II

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St John Paul II

  It is really exciting to be able to write about a man I greatly admired; and someone I had the privilege to see. Karol Josef Wojtyla, known to the world as John Paul II […]

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How Christianity can engage with contemporary culture: the example of St Alban

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How Christianity can engage with contemporary culture: the example of St Alban

A talk by Fr Stephen Wang about the life of St Alban and it’s relevance for Christians today as they try to witness to their faith and work out the best way to engage with […]

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New formation programme for catechists

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New formation programme for catechists

Catechist Foundations for the New Evangelisation: A formation Programme for catechists of today rooted in prayer in the Benedictine Tradition. Click here for further information. This is a distance-learning course of 18 months duration, with 5 study days, […]

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What happens when you don’t put yourself in the centre?

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What happens when you don’t put yourself in the centre?

St Paul tells us to be humble and self-effacing. But is this healthy? Does it mean we deny our own personalities and become faceless Christians? What really happens if we stop putting ourselves in the […]

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Confidence and the love of self

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Confidence and the love of self

[Guest post by Stephen Rooney] How do you react when you meet someone who seems to be full of self-confidence? Authentic confidence is characterised by humility and is simultaneously munificent, benevolent and magnanimous.  Always seeking […]

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St John Chrysostom

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St John Chrysostom

Deception and intrigue worthy of any James Bond movie seem to surround the life of this great preacher. Given the title ‘Chrysostom’ which translates from the Greek as “golden mouthed” because of his great oratory […]

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Transformed in Christ – a new Confirmation programme – available now

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Transformed in Christ – a new Confirmation programme – available now

A new confirmation programme has just been launched, and both the Candidate’s Workbook and Catechist’s Guide are available to purchase from Gracewing now. See the Transformed in Christ website here. And the publisher’s ordering information […]

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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

I’m just back from the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Walsingham. One of the many highlights was the final evening of Thanksgiving and Testimony, where a good twenty or so young people had the courage […]

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Happy Feast of St Dominic – and how to discover more about his life

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Happy Feast of St Dominic – and how to discover more about his life

I wish everyone a happy Feast of St Dominic today. I had the joy of visiting Blackfriars, Cambridge, at the weekend, which is the Novitiate House of the English Dominicans. They seem to be thriving, […]

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St John Paul II – Access All Areas

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St John Paul II – Access All Areas

JPII – Access All Areas was published recently by One by One Press, a project of the Irish Dominicans. The book comprises 23 short chapters which reveal in manageable chunks the thought of Saint John Paul […]

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Do I ever just praise God for who he is or am I always asking him for things?

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Do I ever just praise God for who he is or am I always asking him for things?

The fourth chapter of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the liturgy, speaking about the Divine Office, says that when “this wonderful song of praise is correctly celebrated…then it is truly the voice […]

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

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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

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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 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 sound of silence

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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

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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

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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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