SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Magazine
December 09, 2020
Elena Attfield
St Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life is one of Christianity’s most influential books of spiritual direction.
December 08, 2020
Stephen Moss
Birds and Christianity have a long and fascinating history. In the book of Genesis, Noah sent the dove out from the Ark to look for dry land. Birds are closely associated with Christ, especially the robin (pictured), whose red breast is said to symbolise the Precious Blood. There are competing explanations: in one version, the
December 08, 2020
Sarah Sands
The ruin near my house has become a centre of gravity in my life
December 07, 2020
Eleanor Parker
The liturgical season of Advent has given rise to many great traditions, from the election of the Boy Bishop, to St Nicholas, to Carolling.
December 07, 2020
Michael Duggan
Seamus Heaney drifted from the Church, but his poetry offers a link to the past
December 05, 2020
Angelo Stagnaro
The occult masquerades as mysticism and religion but it is neither. It is merely a simulacrum used by unscrupulous actors pretending to be psychics or prophets.
December 04, 2020
Constance Watson
“An American voice came on the phone. ‘Hi, this is Meghan Markle. Want to play at my wedding?’” The call from Kensington Palace was for the 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and it led to the moment on May 19 2018 when he would play at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. After he got the call, he
December 04, 2020
Dan Hitchens
Paul Moore, who has died aged 61, was known by his colleagues at the bank HBOS as the “mad monk”. It was a reference to his Catholicism, but also to his outspokenness on matters of principle – an outspokenness which was vindicated when he became one of the most important financial whistleblowers of modern times.
December 02, 2020
Mary Kenny
In the US Senate, six pro-life women will serve for the incoming Congress (with a possible seventh, if Kelly Loeffler from Georgia wins a run-off in a second voting round in early January).
December 02, 2020
Guilherme Ringuenet
'Almost too beautiful to be real': Despite challenges, a small Catholic community looks to the future.
December 01, 2020
Thomas Caddick
The precedent set by recent church service bans has already begun to signal its totalitarian potential.
December 01, 2020
James Campbell
Archbishop Stack and pilgrims carried statues of Saints Philip Evans and John Lloyd to the site of their execution - then called the Gallows Field - at that time situated outside the Cardiff walls.