SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Fr Matthew Pittam

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August 17, 2017
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week IV Sunday, August 20: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28 Monday, August 21: St Pius X Jgs 2:11-19; Ps 106; Mt 19:16-22 Tuesday, August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Jgs 6:11-24A; Ps 85; Mt 19:23-30 Wednesday, August 23:
August 17, 2017
Uniting England around Our Lady One of the great treasures of the National Gallery is the Wilton Diptych. Completed in around 1395 as a portable altarpiece for King Richard III, it is amongst the earliest depictions of England being given as a gift to Our Lady. The Diptych shows Richard III being presented to the
August 10, 2017
Silence in class One of the most rewarding aspects of my ministry as a school chaplain has been to introduce students to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and silence. We underestimate the power of silent adoration, especially in schools. I cannot take sole credit for introducing Adoration in our school – I am indebted to
August 03, 2017
In praise of mediocrity In his 1961 novel Catch-22, Joseph Heller famously turns a Shakespeare quote on its head: “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity and some have mediocrity thrust upon them.” Being seen as mediocre is something that most of us fear. When I was first ordained, I thought I was
May 03, 2017
It is true Walsingham is no Lourdes or Fatima but that is part of the appeal of the place
April 06, 2017
Maintaining schools which are Catholic in name only serves no one
January 18, 2017
Walsingham without a Holy House is like Lourdes without the Grotto
December 20, 2016
The Government has said no school will be forced to become an academy, but it now seems inevitable that most will convert at some point
November 21, 2016
A closer look at three communities breathing fresh life into the Church
October 26, 2016
Pilgrimages are rising in popularity once more; here are some that deserve more attention
October 17, 2016
The faithful who attend the daily Mass service are often the backbone of the congregation
September 28, 2016
Here are some of the most intriguing shrines to visit on St Michael's feast day