• Blessed Sacrament,  Faith and Life

    The Little Red Lamp

    In the mornings, I sit in our parish church and my gaze often finds its way to the little red lamp which glows comfortingly to the left of the Tabernacle. When I visit other parishes nearby, the little red lamp is one of the first things I look for. And even on holidays, I will try to pop into the nearest Catholic church and there, too, I will look for the little red lamp. This was the case at Westminster Cathedral in London, where I made this image of the little red lamp in the Eucharistic Chapel there – the one quiet little spot within a much larger space where…

  • Faith and Life,  Mother of God

    The Gentlest Caress

    In the oldest part of Westminster Abbey, London, stands the tiny chapel which is pictured above. It is opposite the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor and is surrounded by the tombs of numerous Kings and Queens of England, as well as a huge number of illustrious figures from the worlds of the arts and literature across the centuries. This statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been touched so much in the past thousand years that the face is partially rubbed away and much of the fine detail has been lost. And yet even now, so very long after the statue was first placed there, still it is adorned…

  • Faith and Life,  General,  World View

    In Search Of The Spiritual

    Edwin Hubble, for whom the space telescope was named, once said that we don’t know why we are born but we can find out about the world into which we were born. This quest to discover more about our world reflects something of our innate desire to learn more about ourselves and our place within this world. The quest finds it’s expression in various fields – but perhaps most notably in science and in religion. Visiting the British Museum in London some months ago, I was struck by how many of the pieces on display seemed to make reference to the religious or spiritual side of life, holding particular meaning…

  • Events,  World View

    The Last Wave

    Over the past four days, the United Kingdom has been precisely that – united. The reason for this was the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Beginning with the trooping of the colour and an aerial fly-past over London, then a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a huge concert on The Mall and ending with a colourful pageant, this was four days of joy. The final flourish was the unexpected – though greatly hoped-for – appearance of The Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier this evening. I wonder what our smiling Queen thought as she looked out across the sea of people…

  • Events,  World View

    A Life of Service

    The United Kingdom is enjoying the start of a four-day bank holiday weekend, celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Becoming Queen in February 1952, no other British monarch has lived or reigned as long as our present Queen. While not everyone in the nation will be of a mind to celebrate this event, it is enjoyed by the vast majority of people. For me, the Queen represents service; she has long lived-out the promise she made publicly aged 21 – that her life, whether short or long, would be dedicated to the service of the nation. And serve she has. She also represents stability – for…