Catholic | Retired Nurse | UK

  • Faith and Life,  Prayer

    Persistent Prayer

    I love the Collects in the Office. Those short little prayers at the conclusion of the Hours seem to sum up very beautifully what we ourselves can sometimes have difficulty putting into words. It is these little prayers which often remain with me long after the Hours are finished for the day. This is particularly the case with the Collects on Sundays, which are repeated throughout the week unless a feast takes precedence, with its own Collect. The Collect for this first Sunday of Advent is, I found, particularly beautiful and expressive – Give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life,  Prayer,  Rosary

    Looking Forward In Prayer

    This point in time, at the beginning of a new liturgical year, always acts as a reminder to me of the temporary nature of this world, which is passing. All things, we are told, pass except God; and so, it is on the Lord that we must keep our eyes firmly fixed, and in Him alone that we should place our hope, since everything else is transitory. Looking at the world through the eyes of the news, it can often appear to be such an unwholesome place despite all it’s beauty, filled with all manner of darkness and evil – and yet despite this realisation, we know perfectly well that…

  • Faith and Life

    Holding The Cross

    I have a large and very old bronze Crucifix – pictured above – which I think is somewhere over one hundred years old. I suspect it was once in the possession of a member of a religious order, given the quality of it and also the heavy chain originally attached to it, indicating that it was to be worn around the neck – only a religious would have worn such a large Crucifix. I find myself wondering who that religious was and where they went with the Crucifix, what they did and how it inspired them. This Crucifix takes pride of place in my little oratory, where it hangs above…

  • Faith and Life,  Opinion

    An Interior Inspection

    At times, I find the Catholic faith disquieting and unsettling. I had written several paragraphs on this theme over the last half hour or so, but I deleted it all and decided to start again, as what I was writing was no better than that which disquietens and unsettles me. I suppose the essential point occupying my thoughts is that we need to be very careful about exactly what we judge to be an accurate description and expression and living-out of the Catholic faith we profess. If the focus is on the superficial, the purely-visible, or if it is characterised by the assassination of the characters of others, or making…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    Angels and Lampstands

    There is a curious text in the Book of Revelation which describes the beginning of the vision of Saint John. He hears a voice telling him to write what he sees and hears; it is the voice of Christ, who stands there among seven golden lamp stands, holding in His hand seven stars, representing the Church in seven particular places. Christ then addresses a message to the angel of each of these churches, beginning with the one at Ephesus. According to one article I had read on this text, the golden lamp stands represent the true faith present originally in those churches, as a result of the work of the…