Spirituality

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

Filed in Spirituality by on July 29, 2014 2 Comments
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

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

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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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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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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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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

Filed in Spirituality by on May 30, 2014 2 Comments
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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