SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
March 14, 2019
March 14, 2019
Competitions are the Marmite of the music world, applauded by the public for their bloodsports element but loathed by plenty of musicians for exactly the same reason: putting tender talent under too much pressure. Sitting on the fence, I’d say they were a necessary evil to get young performers noticed, and a timely introduction to
March 14, 2019
February 22 hit me rather hard this year. There are two birthdays that fall on that date which always had a great significance for me, growing up in the 1960s and 70s: those of George Washington and Lord Baden-Powell. Now, at first glance the first president of the United States and the founder of Boy Scouting may seem
March 14, 2019
Oregon, at the vanguard of the seven US states that permit physician-assisted suicide, has released its report on the Death With Dignity Act for 2018. What does it show? We should bear in mind that the document is based on self-reporting by doctors, not on independent research, so there is no assurance that it accurately
March 14, 2019
What’s to be learned through failure, through being humbled by our own faults? Generally that’s the only way we grow. In being humbled by our own inadequacies we learn those lessons in life that we are deaf to when we are strutting proudly and confidently. There are secrets, says John Updike, which are hidden from health.
March 14, 2019
With the feast of St Joseph coming up, let’s hear some cheers for men. For the male of the species. For manly courage and manly endurance, for things borne in silence, for manly strength used in the service of others. Yes, yes, I know. Women can be brave, enduring, patient and physically strong. We all know
March 14, 2019
Louis Antoine (1846-1912) was born in Mons-Crotteux, Belgium, in what we now call Wallonia. He followed his father into the coal mines at the age of 12; receiving what he believed to be a vision, he quit after two years and became a steelworker, and after that a hammerer. As was typical for a semi-skilled worker in the Europe
March 14, 2019
Cryptic across 6 Curing sort of a fish, girl and boy, for starters (5,7) 7 French festival that’s about names with extreme egos (6) 8 Americans are tracking raid to assassinate Persian leader (6) 9 Pilot smoked fish after sighting in the bow (7) 11 Bacteria discovered in joint at cricket club by India’s number
March 14, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, March 17: Second Sunday of Lent Gn 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 9:28B-36 Monday, March 18: Weekday of Lent, St Cyril of Jerusalem Dn 9:4B-10; Ps 79; Lk 6:36-38 Tuesday, March 19: St Joseph 2 Sm 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16; Ps 89; 2 Sm 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16;
March 14, 2019
The impulse to obtain a Mass card is one of those things that arrives out of the blue for many people, usually when the death of someone close spurs a desire to help them rest in peace through the Sacrifice of the Mass. When priests celebrate Mass they usually include an intention for people in need. The faithful request
March 14, 2019
I remember when I was a teacher that one of the motivational techniques the Jesuits employed was to cultivate a healthy rivalry. There were sports competitions between houses, coupons for good conduct which could earn you a house tea, and classes were divided into Romans and Carthaginians battling to termly victory or defeat. Come the
March 14, 2019
In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite this Sunday we are served a bracing slap of reality. Holy Mass begins with an antiphon taken from Psalm 25 (24) in which David invokes God’s mercy upon him, a sinner, beset with enemies. Then we have the Collect: “Deus, qui conspicis omni nos virtute destitui: interius
March 14, 2019
Second Sunday of Lent Gen 15:5-12 & 17-18; Phil 3:17 – 4:1; Lk 9:28-36 (Year C) “It is your face, O Lord, that I seek. Hide not your face. I am sure that I shall see the Lord’s face in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.” The psalmist’s prayer
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