• 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…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    The Book of Counter-Culture

    Books have a way of changing things. They can reflect the spirit of a particular age and they can in some inexplicable way capture something of the zeitgeist of an era. They can change us, either by bringing out something already present but dormant within us – or they can play a part in re-shaping us entirely, changing the way we think or see or respond. Books have power. For the most part, books are considered to be cultural;  indeed, we refer to the reading of books as a ‘cultural pursuit’. But it isn’t always like that. In fact, some books are very different – and one book in particular…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    When The Wood Is Dry

    There is a line in the Gospel of Saint Luke which I have read a thousand times and which I have considered at some length just as often. Saint Luke is describing the Passion of Christ and he relates the moment at which the Lord, carrying His Cross on the way to Golgotha, turns to the weeping women of Jerusalem, who mourn what is happening to Him. The Lord tells them to mourn not for Him but for themselves, for there will come – He says – a terrible moment in which the living will envy the dead. Jesus ends His words by saying to these women – For if…

  • Faith and Life,  General

    A Simplified Faith

    I find that as I grow older – and I am delighted to have the chance to be able to do so – my faith has become increasingly simplified in it’s practice. Similarly, that same faith seems to have simplified me. A child of the Sixties, educated throughout the Seventies and beyond, I experienced nothing of the travails in the Faith (nor the teaching of it) which many recount as having seemingly occurred in the years after the Second Vatican Council; rather, we were taught the Faith in a good, simple and straight-forward manner. It is essentially the very same Faith which I continue to hold and to profess now.…

  • Prayer,  Rosary

    Rosary Meditations II

    Here are some brief meditations on the Mysteries of the holy Rosary. Each Mystery focuses on one brief line from Scripture as the starting point for meditation – the meditation is the soul of the Rosary, even as the words of the prayers are it’s body. It can only truly come to life when both parts are present. I hope you might find these simple meditations beneficial. The Joyful Mysteries The Annunciation “Let it be done unto me as you have said” – Luke 1:38 Lord, grant us the humility and trust of the Blessed Virgin; like Her, may we place our own desires and wishes far behind those You…