SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Life & Soul
November 29, 2021
Michael Hodges
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
Charlie Hart
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
Fr Alexander Sherbrooke
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 25, 2021
Rev Dr Richard J Ounsworth
How the four Masses of Christmas use different readings from the Gospels to tell the story of Christ’s coming
October 22, 2021
Michael Hodges
Charting the history of the Order which has survived over centuries and is now settled in Chelmsford
October 22, 2021
Richard Ounsworth OP
As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, we should consider own vanities before the kingdom of Christ
October 21, 2021
Charlie Hart
Thanks to evergreens and pyrotechnics, we have all sorts of ways to ignore the bleakness of winter and look forward to dazzling displays that will soon return
October 21, 2021
Tessa Balfour
This month I have prepared two apple recipes – tarte tatin and an apple Charlotte – for St Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of apple orchards. Tarte tatin was invented by sisters Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin at their hotel in Loir-et-Cher in the late 1880s. While preparing a traditional tart, Stéphanie, knackered after a long
October 13, 2021
Anna Somers Cocks
Anna Somers Cocks on the plight of those left behind in Afghanistan, the apps offering a window on that country, and the challenges of her Italian garden
October 13, 2021
Michael Hodges
St Birinus, probably a monk of St Andrew’s Benedictine Monastery on the Caelian Hill in Rome, was ordered by Pope Honorius I to England in 634 AD to convert the West Saxons. A year later he landed at Southampton. He succeeded in converting Cynegils, the West Saxon king. The latter gave St Birinus Dorchester-upon-Thames, as
October 11, 2021
Tessa Balfour
Herring and monkfish prepared in honour 
of St Andrew, the patron of saint of fishing
October 11, 2021
Charlie Hart
However bleak and overshadowed life might seem, lurking among the ruins are moments of true beauty –proof that ‘nothing pleaseth but rare accidents’
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