SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
November 29, 2021
November 29, 2021
Stephen Bullivant examines how the pandemic has affected Mass-going in one anonymous diocese
November 29, 2021
There are all sorts of reasons why we choose the Mass we usually go to: maybe it’s the music, or the lack of it, or the bells and smells, or the lack of them… On a normal Sunday, whatever Mass we choose and for whatever reasons, we will at least hear the same readings. It
November 29, 2021
Anthony Cazalet on the Vatican’s sweet tooth and the chequered role chocolate has played
November 29, 2021
William Cash meets the Australian Cardinal who enjoys Ashes cricket and Evelyn Waugh as well as being a man of deep faith and conviction
November 29, 2021
The Second Catholic Relief Act of 1791 marked the start of a century-plus of the building of  a series of interesting Catholic churches on the Isle of Wight. Elizabeth Browne was born on the island in 1734. She was brought up at Sleat Manor, Chillerton and was educated at a Catholic school for girls in Hammersmith.
November 29, 2021
Despite her apprehensions, Lara Prendergast is excited to introduce her toddler to churchgoing this Christmas
November 29, 2021
One hundred years ago this month, TS Eliot was in the final stage of composing his masterpiece, The Waste Land, whose publication centenary we celebrate next year. The 433-line poem is one of those craggy, difficult monuments of “high modernism”, as the period was once grandly termed. However, unlike the forbidding lengths of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Ezra
November 29, 2021
Bare, with branches held aloft as though in prayer, the tree in my garden is a reminder that it is when we are vulnerable that we are receptive to God’s gifts
November 29, 2021
A walk along the Franciscan Way from La Verna to Assisi conjures up thoughts of the wolf of Gubbio and the paradox of il Poverello’s ornate and vast tomb
November 29, 2021
A campaign is to be launched to canonise a monk who dedicated his life to taking disabled people to Lourdes. A Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Victories Church in Kensington, London, will mark the formal establishment of a committee to promote the cause for sainthood of Brother Michael Strode, the founder the Hosanna House
November 29, 2021
Pope Francis has called for solutions to the European migrant crisis that last week cost the lives of 27 people in the English Channel. The Holy Father used his Sunday Angelus to make a “heartfelt appeal” for an end to problems in France, Belarus and the Mediterranean, which, he said, had become “a tomb” for
November 29, 2021
Joanna Bullivant on how the digitisation of Elgar’s score of Cardinal Newman’s epic poem ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ sheds new light on the last 150 years of English Catholic cultures
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