SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Stuart Reid

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December 10, 2015
Tuesday, December 1 The third day of Advent finds me brooding about Harry, my springer spaniel. There is nothing of Advent about him. He is going, not coming. He has bad arthritis and is on steroids, which leave him ravenous. He looks at me with begging, bewildered, sometimes reproachful eyes. I took him for a
December 01, 2015
It is Thanksgiving Day in America (Thursday, November 26) – and increasingly here in Britain, too. It’s never going to catch on like Halloween, of course, because it is neither degenerate nor aimed at middle-class children and their yummy mummies. Still, it is growing in popularity. Waitrose reports that turkey pre-orders for Thanksgiving weekend were up
November 25, 2015
Friday November 20 I have spent much of the night thinking about death and damnation. At Mass last Sunday Father wondered how many of those slaughtered in Paris were prepared for death. It is a very Catholic concern, and one I share. When friends and colleagues die, I am quite capable of wondering whether those
November 25, 2015
Friday November 20 I have spent much of the night thinking about death and damnation. At Mass last Sunday Father wondered how many of those slaughtered in Paris were prepared for death. It is a very Catholic concern, and one I share. When friends and colleagues die, I am quite capable of wondering whether those
December 04, 2014
Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s
December 01, 2014
There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas
August 29, 2013
Most telly is filth but Breaking Bad is seriously good
November 06, 2010
Philadelphia glorifies God in a beautiful autumn surprise
November 05, 2010
The new defence deal is a triumph. Many will feel it does not go far enough
October 25, 2010
Hollywood has turned against him: he has been dropped from the cast of Hangover 2
September 27, 2010
Let’s not forget that Rupert Murdoch is a papal knight
September 18, 2010
I'd better pull myself together and get with the programme