• Prayer,  Rosary

    Rosary Meditations I

    THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES The Annunciation Dearest Mother, what joy filled Your Immaculate Heart as the Angel announced God’s plan to bring His Son into the world through You. This was entirely dependent upon Your freely-given consent – and this You gave whole-heartedly, expressing Your profound humility before the Lord. Pray for us that we, too, might seek nothing other than the will of God in our lives – and spare nothing of ourselves in seeking and obtaining it. The Visitation Dearest Mother, in a spirit of quiet charity, You went with haste to help Elizabeth in her need. In doing so, this moment became an opportunity to glorify the Lord,…

  • Opinion,  World View

    The Othering

    One of the worst sins of our age is that of ‘the othering’. By this, I mean all those occasions when we look upon anyone else as in some way ‘other’ than us. We perceive them to be different to us and this can often lead to us looking not at them, but down upon them, seeing them as somehow inferior to us. Common examples are those we perceive to have a different skin colour, country of origin, place of residence, sexuality, religious belief, political ethos. If they are not – in our surmising – the same as us, then they are ‘the other’. And that separates us from them.…

  • Prayer,  Scripture

    Praying With Christ

    Reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus walking among the people, who gather closely around Him, I sometimes wonder what it must have been like to have been there in those moments. To have been close to Him as the Disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”, and as He responded with the Our Father. To have been there with His followers at all the moments in His life when He prayed. For the most part, Jesus prayed with the ancient prayer of the Psalms, with which He was very well acquainted, referring to them often throughout his ministry. And so, when we pray the Psalms, we are praying the…

  • Prayer,  Rosary,  Scripture,  Spiritual Devotions

    A Scriptural Rosary

    Writing to the entire Church at the close of the Jubilee Year in 2000, Pope John Paul II took some time to remind us of the call of the Second Vatican Council that all of us are called to holiness – he wrote that it was necessary to rediscover the full practical significance of this call. He said the Council Fathers wanted “to make the call to holiness an intrinsic and essential aspect of their teaching on the Church” (‘Novo Millennio Ineunte‘, para.30). He added that “The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation of each individual.” Going on to speak specifically about prayer, the Holy Father noted…

  • Faith and Life,  Mother of God,  Spiritual Devotions

    Reign Of A Queen

    In the last post, I had mentioned the little altar and the crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I noted that although I had thought the altar to be complete, there was actually something crucial missing. At the time, I didn’t know this, of course, though I would soon discover that missing element. In essence, a Queen requires a subject over whom she can reign and to whom she can give direction. As on other occasions, it was all because of my Aunt Margaret. In the summer of 1981, she had shown me an old, small book she had – about four inches by three. It had a hard-boarded…