Faith

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

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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

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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

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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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The heartbreaking absence of God

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The heartbreaking absence of God

So many people feel the absence of God in their lives, because of their struggles with faith, their inner darkness, or the sense of helplessness and abandonment that can come through experiences of great suffering. […]

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When life is full of loose ends, incomplete projects and half-fulfilled plans

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When life is full of loose ends, incomplete projects and half-fulfilled plans

Someone gave me this beautiful prayer sometimes attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero about how incomplete and fragile our work for the Kingdom always is. I hope you find it encouraging. In memory of Oscar Romero (1917–1980) […]

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A Foyer de Charité retreat for 18-40 year olds

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A Foyer de Charité retreat for 18-40 year olds

A Foyer de Charité retreat for 18-40 year olds at Micklepage What are the Foyers? The Foyers de Charité are Roman Catholic communities which have been formally recognised by Rome since 1986. Within them, lay men and […]

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Evangelisation: the miracles God can work through us when say Yes and put our trust in him

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Evangelisation: the miracles God can work through us when say Yes and put our trust in him

In this series of posts, “From the Mission Field”, I am sharing some inspiring stories: people open to the Holy Spirit, allowing him to do amazing things in their corner of the world. May these stories […]

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The vocation to love, part 6: remembering Dorcas

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The vocation to love, part 6: remembering Dorcas

I began this series of posts, you may remember, by talking about the Vatican II’s radical idea that every single Christian is called to a unique and irreplaceable mission. I then had a look at […]

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A priestly vocation – to be an ambassador for Christ

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A priestly vocation – to be an ambassador for Christ

On the day of my ordination, 14 September 1996, I gave people a prayer card. It’s what newly ordained priests often do. On it were written four words: Pray for Martin Boland and above this […]

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Vocation, truth, and being true to one’s name

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Vocation, truth, and being true to one’s name

Vocations Sunday is coming up this weekend (11 May). Let me take a slightly angular way into this. In a recent interview Swedish singer Lykke Li (of “Sadness is a blessing” fame) finished with what was […]

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Spiritual reading for Eastertide

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Spiritual reading for Eastertide

I’ve just finished a beautiful book of talks and meditations by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, called Images of Hope: Meditations on Major Feasts. It’s one of those traditional compilations that brings together someone’s […]

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Can you have evangelists without first having disciples?

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Can you have evangelists without first having disciples?

I came across this video earlier this week. Obviously, it comes from a Protestant context (so their concept of worship is not ours), but essentially, it is saying exactly the same thing that we Catholics […]

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Between the fire and the water, an Easter homily, by Fr Stephen Wang

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Between the fire and the water, an Easter homily, by Fr Stephen Wang

A homily from the Second Sunday of Easter, reflecting on the Easter fire, the baptismal font, the presence of Jesus in the Upper Room, the Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, […]

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The vocation to love, part 5: Vocation as conversion

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The vocation to love, part 5: Vocation as conversion

We are all familiar with the conversion of St Paul – one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Church. Artists have had a field day with it, adding a colourful fall […]

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The vocation to love, part 4: The call of Mary

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The vocation to love, part 4: The call of Mary

Luke’s Gospel begins with two stories of vocation: of John the Baptist through his father, Zechariah, and of Mary to be mother of Jesus. John is a link between the Old Testament and the New. […]

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Taking religion seriously and moving beyond an ‘unreflective atheism or agnosticism’

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Taking religion seriously and moving beyond an ‘unreflective atheism or agnosticism’

In a recent article, Charles Murray advises that an important aspect of living a fulfilling life is to take religion seriously. “Start by jarring yourself out of unreflective atheism or agnosticism”. Now that we’re alone, […]

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Notes for Holy Week

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Notes for Holy Week

~ 1 ~ Well, everyone, welcome to Holy Week. Some words before the Palm Sunday Procession struck me: “Let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, […]

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A week of Catholic theology organised by the Dominicans for university students and young adults

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A week of Catholic theology organised by the Dominicans for university students and young adults

A Vision for Life: The Spirit of Catholic Theology A Study week led by a team of Dominican Friars and Sisters in collaboration with the Benedictine monks of Buckfast Abbey offering a systematic overview of […]

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Does God have favourites?

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Does God have favourites?

A homily from Fr Stephen Wang about the mystery of how God calls some people to faith and to particular vocations.

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500 years of English Catholic history in 42 minutes

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500 years of English Catholic history in 42 minutes

Fr Nicholas Schofield gave a talk at UCL CathSoc on Monday evening. Somehow he managed to get the history of the Catholic Church in England from 1514 to the present day into 42 minutes. You […]

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