• Church Life,  Faith and Life

    The Local Church

    I keep an eye on what is happening to the Church and within the Church at the global level – it’s often hard to avoid this perspective, especially for anyone with an interest in social media or world events. This is particularly the case at moments of greater import happening within the Church, when specific events are being widely reported in the mainstream media and news outlets. And this can be fascinating, especially when there are all sorts of opinions and perspectives being offered upon the events themselves as well as everything contributing to them. Sometimes this ‘global’ perspective has an unintended consequence – we lose sight of what is happening…

  • Church Life,  Opinion

    Barred and Bolted

    When Christ founded the Church, it was abundantly clear that it was open to all – everyone was not simply welcome, but actively invited to respond to the Good News which He proclaimed throughout His life, to enter that Kingdom which He told us was close at hand. Everyone, without exception, was asked to “follow Me” – and this included those whom the religious leaders and people of that time least expected to be invited. Christ became a bridge to all people, regardless of their situation. Today, things seem somewhat different. The faith has become not so much a bridge as a wall. That open invitation of the Lord has…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life,  Opinion

    A Church of Prevention

    Sometimes, someone says something which just seems to crystallise what you have known within yourself and considered to be true and accurate – but the very vocalisation of their words, giving expression to that thought, make it plain that the sense you have is shared by others. This has the resulting effect of stopping us in our tracks and making us think. This was such a day. A wise friend of mine on social media wrote this earlier today – We Christians must decide whether we’re going to be a Church of proclamation, announcing the good news to a world sorely in need – or a Church of prevention, keeping…

  • Blessed Sacrament,  Faith and Life

    Early In The Morning

    I am very fortunate in that, after I have prepared everything for the morning Mass which will follow later, I am able to just sit in the presence of the Lord who is in the Tabernacle, all alone – except for Him – and in perfect silence. I leave sufficient time to allow me to do this, because I really treasure that time, which is very, very special to me. In the later part of the year, I often find myself sitting there in near darkness before I switch the church lights on. It is a blessed time. We are very used to our churches being reasonably busy, with lots…

  • World View

    A Worldwide Tea Party

    There are days when I look around the world and I’m quite certain that the whole world is in the midst of a global Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The arrival of the pandemic seems to have been something of a point of reference, one of those moments in the history of humanity when everything seemed to change. We hibernated for two years and in that time, we both unlearned many of the ways we had of doing things, whilst learning new ways of doing those things which remained. And not everything remained – of that which did, there were so many changes. Things we once thought important, suddenly lost much…