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Living in a world without God, a life without Jesus Christ, is pitch-black

EVERY Friday night during my novitiate in Hong Kong we would gather to discuss the readings from scripture that would be proclaimed at Mass on the following Sunday. We were expected to have prayed with the Word of God, contemplated the meaning conveyed by the scriptures, perhaps read a biblical commentary or two and – if we were able – ... Read More »

Expectation about Christmas is something we should carry with us the whole year

SOMETIMES I feel that Advent may be the forgotten liturgical season. Lent has fasting, prayer and almsgiving; Easter exults with the joy of the resurrection; Christmas has so many gifts, baubles and decorations associated with it that to recount them would almost be redundant; and for the rest of the year we seem to readily respond to the whirligig of ... Read More »

The existence of angels is a truth of our faith

  FOR those of you who have visited Salisbury Cathedral, I need not relate the fact that the thirteenth-century spire of the building towers over the surrounding countryside. It is readily visible from the local train station, making it a helpful guiding landmark for any visitor who – like myself – is unable to catch the bus due to budgetary ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is still the answer

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler

I REMEMBER the Prague metro as being a rather impressive series of tunnels and spectacularly steep escalators. The descent is so precipitous that, upon first experiencing the swift and seemingly vertiginous journey into the earth, I could not help but think that I was entering into the opening chapters of a Jules Verne novel. The graffiti on the metro walls ... Read More »

Grandparents are transmitting the faith to the newest generation

grandmother and grandchild

WHEN the new academic term began a few months ago we were subjected to the occasional round of ‘padding’ – a lecturer, who had seemingly not prepared sufficient material for the first lesson, allowed the students to dissipate a considerable amount of time by discoursing at some length upon the intimate details of their lives. This was ostensibly undertaken in ... Read More »

We are not born as fully-formed moral agents

Pope John Paul II

IN conversation recently I have had occasion to notice an increasing number of people making ready reference to their “conscience” as justification for a particular decision or course of action. On the face of it this would seem a rather laudable development, were it not for the fact that the rapidity and regularity of the invocation has led me to ... Read More »

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