Tag Archives: Spirituality

A Reflection on Louis-Claude de Saint Martin

From Louis-Claude de Saint Martin’s L’Homme de Désir, Chant 177: Qui frappe à la porte sainte ? Un homme de paix, un homme de désir. Cet homme de paix, cet homme de désir, a-t-il vaincu ses ennemis ? Who is … Continue reading

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Spiritual Conference for the Triduum

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

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A Meditation of the Stations of the Cross for Passiontide 2020

This is a tremendous uplift for us all, from our Bishop’s chapel:

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Our Church’s outreach in these uncertain times

Fr Jonathan Munn has come up with an excellent initiative on our Diocesan website: Material for use during the COVID 19 epidemic There are recordings of Mass from private chapels, including our Bishop who preached a lovely sermon yesterday. My … Continue reading

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One or Two Ideas…

As I celebrated Mass this morning, as always sine populo, I was aware of a great feeling of gratitude to be at Mass and receiving the Sacrament. Here in France, Italy and elsewhere, there can be no public Mass. We … Continue reading

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Ecclesial Cosmopolitanism

The older I grow, the more I see a convergence of issues and thoughts. I began to read an article by Pauline Kleingeld, who wrote another work on Novalis and his puzzling fragment Die Christenheit oder Europa. This article is … Continue reading

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Science and Faith, a Warning

I have been haunted all day by the article Darwinism Is Dead, Now What? Towards A Rational Spirituality. We seem to have a compare-and-contrast exercise between materialistic atheism – Dawkins style – and the kinds of Christianity we sometimes encounter … Continue reading

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Farnborough Abbey

During my recent visit to England (for my Diocesan Council of Advice in London), I visited a friend of mine who is a medical doctor and a philosopher. I spent many hours discussing profound things, but also meeting his wife … Continue reading

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Nostalgia and Hope

Fr Jonathan Munn recently wrote a Sunday sermon on Remembering the Future. The theme is nostalgia, the good old days. It is a very powerful emotion in us, and commercial advertisers find it very effective. For example, an industrial baker … Continue reading

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How do we deal with evil?

This is a theme that confronts us each year during Passiontide as the Church brings us to meditate on the rising wickedness of Scribes, Pharisees, Temple clergy and others against Christ, culminating in his death by crucifixion inflicted by the … Continue reading

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