Spirituality

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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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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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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Is it good to base your faith on spiritual experiences?

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Is it good to base your faith on spiritual experiences?

A homily by Fr Stephen Wang about the place of religious experience in the Christian life, given at Newman House Student Chaplaincy.

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St Patrick

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St Patrick

  St. Patrick of Ireland – whose feast we celebrate today – is one of the world’s best known saints. He was born around 385, perhaps in Scotland, near Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and […]

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Daily Lenten reflections to your inbox from Fr Robert Barron

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Daily Lenten reflections to your inbox from Fr Robert Barron

Take a look at the Lenten Reflections website, where you can sign up to receive a daily reflection by email from Fr Robert Barron.

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Letting the heart be transformed this Lent

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Letting the heart be transformed this Lent

  Ash Wednesday begins with an entreaty from God, one that has been heard down through the generations. It is an appeal from the very heart of God. He is calling his wayward children to […]

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The vocation to love, part 3: God’s call in the Old Testament

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The vocation to love, part 3: God’s call in the Old Testament

The language of vocation, of being called to a way of life, has its origin in the Bible. The God of the Jews is both supremely Other – the sole origin and ruler of everything […]

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Desert Island Priests at Brentwood Cathedral

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Desert Island Priests at Brentwood Cathedral

In this series of interviews Fr Martin Boland will be speaking to six priests of the Brentwood Diocese about books which have influenced them in their spiritual journey. Thursday 6 March Fr Kevin Hale (Leigh-on-Sea) .. Journal […]

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The vocation to love, part 1: an invitation

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The vocation to love, part 1: an invitation

What is the best-kept secret of the Second Vatican Council? Many of the Council’s radical ideas are now so integrated into our lives that we forget how new they were. But some of its riches […]

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The difficulty of communicating the inner experience of faith

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The difficulty of communicating the inner experience of faith

Is it possible to communicate the inner experience of faith? Take a look at this article by David Brook’s of the New York Times. There is a strong vein of hostility against orthodox religious believers […]

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The wisdom and continuing relevance of St Thomas Aquinas

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The wisdom and continuing relevance of St Thomas Aquinas

The feastday of St Thomas Aquinas passed by unnoticed to most of the world last week, but for those who have come to know him as a steady guide in thinking about the biggest questions […]

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The longing of the human heart for God

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The longing of the human heart for God

A homily by Fr Stephen Wang about the longing of the human heart for God, from the Garden of Eden to the End of Time; given at Newman House, 2 February 2014, on the Feast […]

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Candlemas: The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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Candlemas: The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Today we celebrate the feast of Candlemas which incorporates two feasts, the Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. Both rites were obliged by Jewish law. You can read about them […]

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St John Bosco – patron saint of young people

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St John Bosco – patron saint of young people

St John Bosco is one of those saints who can really appeal to children, especially boys. Born August 16th 1815 he was the youngest son of Francis and Margaret Bosco. He lived on a small […]

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