SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Roy Peachey

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September 11, 2020
While he was being hunted down by the Elizabethan authorities during his six years as a missionary priest, St Robert Southwell wrote some of the finest poetry of the 16th century – and some wonderful prose works too. In one of these books, A Short Rule of Good Life, he adapted the advice usually found
July 10, 2020
When Audrey Donnithorne, who has died at the age of 97, was just two years old, she was kidnapped by Red Lamp bandits in Sichuan, China, along with her parents and six others. Led into the mountains with their necks in a halter, the captives feared for their lives, though Audrey managed to ease some
May 15, 2020
Self-isolating in the desert, the desert fathers and mothers were determined to obey Jesus’s command to the rich young man to sell all he had and come follow him. We may kick against the restrictions that have been laid on us by the government, but the early Christian hermits believed that God was to be
March 26, 2020
Over the next few weeks, and very possibly months, we will have to get used to a new way of living. So how do we adjust to a Church without public Masses? How can we help the most vulnerable? And might there be opportunities to live better lives than we did before? This week, six
November 14, 2019
After his apostolic visit to Thailand later this month, Pope Francis will move on to Japan, a land of saints and martyrs, but also a country where Catholics are in a tiny minority. Less than two per cent of the population is Christian, and less than half of those Christians are Catholics. So, 370 years
November 14, 2018
Lu Zhengxiang went from the height of the Chinese government to a monastic cell in Belgium
November 08, 2018
Noyelles-sur-Mer is an unremarkable village with a remarkable World War II graveyard. Situated at the mouth of the River Somme, Noyelles was the headquarters of the Chinese Labour Corps during World War I, which explains why its cemetery contains almost as many graves as the village has inhabitants. It may be a surprise to find
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