SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
June 19, 2020
June 19, 2020
The rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary this Annunciationtide is not a novelty; it is a reaffirmation of King Richard II’s formal consecration of his realm as Mary’s Dowry in 1381, which itself drew upon what was a well established tradition. English devotion to Our Lady was prominent from the Anglo-Saxon period: we
June 19, 2020
With little fanfare, one of the defining issues of the Brexit debate – the free movement of people within the EU – was finally voted on last month. The UK Government’s plan to replace free movement with a new points-based immigration system was given initial approval on May 18, with MPs supporting the bill by
June 19, 2020
If you had said to me, a decade ago, that in the next 10 years we were going to see a new suffix arrive in the English language, I would have said “Don’t be silly!” Suffixes – word-endings such as in goodness, movement, wonderful – don’t develop very often. Many have been in the language
June 19, 2020
You’re going on pilgrimage. What part of the world would you like to walk in? I’d like to see two places that were important in Winston Churchill’s life that I haven’t yet visited. The first is the battlefield in Omdurman, which is just outside Khartoum in Sudan. I’d love to do a tour of the
June 19, 2020
At the beginning of this year Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took the decision to declare independence from the rest of the House of Windsor. They sought to invent a brand new, exciting, even progressive role. The lengthy subtitle of their forthcoming biography – authorised by the Sussexes though very
June 19, 2020
Pope Francis has reportedly asked Sarah to remain as prefect of the liturgy department for the time being
June 19, 2020
The trustees of the Pontifical Irish College decided last week that the national seminary in Rome will no longer host men studying for the priesthood in Ireland
June 19, 2020
We can be tempted to think of Gregorian chant as a fixed canon, handed down since time immemorial, unchanging like the Faith. But it is good to remember that over history chant has been subject to much change, whether in its composition, liturgical use or performance. For example, when a new feast arises in the
June 19, 2020
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with his ailing brother on the feast of the Sacred Heart during his first full day in Germany
June 19, 2020
To end the program “needlessly places many families into further anxiety and chaos,” bishops said
June 19, 2020
St John Henry Newman My God, my Saviour, I adore Thy Sacred Heart, for that heart is the seat and source of all Thy tenderest human affections for us sinners. It is the instrument and organ of Thy love. It did beat for us. It yearned over us. It ached for us, and for our
June 19, 2020
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus existed long before St Margaret Mary. The special vocation of the holy Visitation sister was to popularise the devotion which was a vital counterpoint to the heresy of Jansenism. In one of the “what ifs” of history, it might even have prevented the French Revolution if the King