SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Bishop Mark Davies

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April 03, 2021
The Easter Liturgy declares this to be "the light of Christ rising in glory" dispelling the darkness of all hearts and minds and making the life of grace possible for us.
April 11, 2020
That first Easter was heard by men and women ‘self-isolated’ in fear
September 12, 2019
There has been much debate recently about the use of cathedrals at a time when we in the Diocese of Shrewsbury are embarking on the renewal and restoration of the interior of one of England’s smallest cathedrals. We see this as an opportunity not only to reflect on the recovery of the historic character and
December 20, 2018
Spring can seem far off in these darkest days of our year. Yet at Christmas, the days are already imperceptibly growing longer and brighter. In the life of the Church, in times like our own marked by dark shadows, there is also a new springtime imperceptibly under way. In his apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate,
September 06, 2018
Amid the darkness in the world and the Church, there is one constant source of light
September 06, 2018
Amid the darkness in the world and the Church, there is one constant source of light It is hard to imagine a more pressing priority than renewing faith in the Holy Eucharist. Every generation since the Ascension has viewed its times with urgency. This is the unchanging perspective of those who realise these are “the
December 21, 2017
“What would a new evangelisation of this country look like?” It was a question that revealed my questioner’s suspicion that the new evangelisation might merely be a vague aspiration, rather than the central task of the Church in our lifetime. I struggled to think of a picture to express this reality which, as St John
December 22, 2016
‘Where would you choose to go on a retreat if you could travel anywhere in the world?” This was the question I was asked recently, a question you might ask yourself this Christmas. At first, I thought of the Cave of Bethlehem where Christ was born for us. How close I would be to the
March 10, 2016
During nine days in September I made a personal pilgrimage across Shrewsbury Diocese. In church after church, on my knees before the Blessed Sacrament, I was joined by hundreds of the faithful in intercessory prayer for the vocations needed in our time. My pilgrimage was a response to the call of Benedict XVI, during his historic
December 22, 2015
“Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord has been born for us …” With these words the Mass of Christmas morning begins. We will hear them this Christmas of 2015 conscious of many shadows around us: the shadow of a homicidal hatred which stalks the streets with terror, the gathering shadows of war
July 05, 2012
Bishop Mark Davies explains why he asked for the relic of the heart of the Curé d’Ars to visit England