SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
September 18, 2020
September 18, 2020
Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 55: 6-9; Philippians 1: 20-24 & 27; Matthew 20: 1-6 “Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn the Lord who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways. Yes, the heavens are as
September 18, 2020
The church I grew up in was about as far from Catholicism as it is possible to get. From a very young age my parents took me to a local school hall every Sunday, where around 300 people would sit in a horseshoe-shaped arrangement, sing a spontaneously arranged medley of 1970s-style “praise choruses”, share testimonies
September 18, 2020
A journey to the Holy Land reminds us of where true life is found
September 18, 2020
Aubrey Beardsley’s work is instantly recognisable: sweeping, sinuous black lines, sensual, mythological, with a haunting beauty all of its own. The new exhibition of his work at Tate Britain is the first there in almost a century, and the largest anywhere in 50 years. And it’s a delight to see. As well as covering his
September 18, 2020
Where would you go? The world that I would love to visit is The Holy Land. St Jerome said “five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in the books and one you will find in the land they called Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will
September 18, 2020
The explosion in Beirut on August 4 was a catastrophe that left in its wake an apocalypse. More than 200 people were killed, 6,000 injured and 300,000 people made homeless. Houses, businesses and livelihoods have been ruined, and even now, 20 people are still missing. Beirut is one of the most important cities in the
September 18, 2020
Karl Baron von Vogelsang was born in 1818 in Liegnitz, Prussian Silesia, to a Pomeranian noble family. Studying law and political science in Bonn, Rostock, and Berlin, he inherited an estate in Mecklenburg in 1848 and was elected to the Grand Duchy’s legislature. Two years later, in Berlin, he met that city’s new Catholic bishop,
September 18, 2020
I never set out to be a “runner”. In fact, I always thought they were a bit of a strange lot. But today running has become a big part of my life, and one of my goals for 2020 is to run a marathon in under four hours. So what happened? In July 2018 I
September 18, 2020
Locked in a Victorian terrace for three months dreaming of green fields, we began to imagine we could cut it as survivalists. Long nights were spent reading online about the merits of the Kelly Kettle compared with an open fire. We bought a mountaineering tent and lightweight titanium plates that double as frying pans. “Flamers”
September 18, 2020
Only a just over a third of regular Mass-goers in Ireland have returned to church since the start of the pandemic, a new poll has found. A survey of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month found that just 27 per cent of people in Ireland were attending Mass regularly before the pandemic. Of those, only
September 18, 2020
Poland’s bishops have intervened in a debate over whether their country should withdraw from a European treaty on preventing violence against women
September 18, 2020
Fr Tony Flannery has declined to submit to four doctrinal propositions as a condition of returning to ministry
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