• 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…

  • Rosary

    Treasuring All These Things

    People often ask Catholics – “but where is the Rosary in the Bible?”. It’s reasonable question, depending on how it is asked and the intentions of the questioner in asking it. However, it is based on a false assumption. The Catholic faith does not uphold a belief in ‘sola Scriptura’, or ‘scripture alone’. Our faith produced what we now call the Bible – the Bible did not produce the faith. As Catholics, we believe in tradition as much as in Scripture. But returning to the question at hand – the Rosary as a completely developed devotion will not be found in the Bible. The writings recorded in Scripture are far…

  • Church Life,  Events,  Mother of God

    Our Lady of Fatima

    Every 13th May, we celebrate the memory of a heavenly event which took place just outside a little village called Fatima, in Portugal. There, just over one hundred years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young children – Lucia dos Santos (aged 10) and her cousins, brother and sister Francisco Marto (aged 9) and Jacinta Marto (aged 7). The appearances of Our Lady of Fatima, and the message She gave there, have been fully approved by the Church and declared to be “worthy of belief”. Now, this does not mean we are obliged to believe in them, nor even to have any interest whatsoever in them. But we ought…

  • Faith and Life,  Rosary

    A Light For My Path

    For most of us, life seems to wind like a path through the woods. Sometimes, everything is bathed in beautiful sunshine, even if dappled at particular moments; at other times, a dusk-like veil of shadow can fall upon us. And for most of the time, we have some idea that the path has an end, but we know nothing about the route it may take nor do we know anything about the what we might encounter along the way. We try to remain hopeful that whatever is to come, we are able to bear it well even if we cannot entirely avoid some of the more difficult encounters. Life is…

  • Prayer,  Rosary,  Spiritual Devotions

    The Ocean of the Rosary

    Apart from the prayers of the Rosary, I also love the beads themselves. Many years ago, a wonderful lady called Gayle Murphy – a friend of mine in the United States – taught me the basics of wire-wrapping with sterling silver wire and how to use this technique to create Rosary beads. Such Rosaries are very strong and unlikely to break in the course of normal use, even if used for a lifetime. Gayle’s daughter, Marian, now continues the work begun by her wonderful mother and her creations – you can see them at Simple Rosaries – are very beautiful. So I began to make my own beads and I…