• Church Life,  Faith and Life

    Not Of This World

    The conversation between Pilate and Christ has always fascinated me. I contemplate it at length in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and I am certain there are great depths to be reached there, but I seem only to find glimmers rather than superabundant light. I go back to it time and time again and I keep looking, hoping that one day I might be given the grace to penetrate it just a little deeper. You will recognise the conversation I am referring to. It is the morning of Good Friday and the arrested Christ has been brought before Pilate at the Praetorium. Pilate is quite reluctant to take an…

  • Faith and Life

    A Faith That Costs

    I have a sense that a lot of people think of Christianity as an ‘easy’ faith. And when it comes to Catholics, in particular, the impression may be that our religion does not really ask that much of us – Mass on Sundays, no meat on Fridays and little else of any real substance. But – as is the case with many common assumptions – the reality does not quite match the perception. Tomorrow, Catholics will celebrate the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Elizabeth. The story of this visit is recounted early in the Gospel of Saint Luke. Having just consented to become the…