SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Life & Soul
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’
October 07, 2021
Archie Hill
You might think poets make natural martyrs. Passionate, idealistic, enraptured by visions of artistic immortality; throughout history, barricades and prisons have been crammed full of poetic talent. But the best poets are, by necessity, listeners and observers, detached from the action where martyrs are found. When they strive for heroic death, more often than not
As we grow closer to the poor, little by little we gain their confidence and can advise them in the most terrible moments of this earthly pilgrimage. We can give them the comforting words of faith and we often succeed, not by our own merit, in putting on the right path people who have strayed
October 03, 2021
Sister Mary Jean
How many millions of miles rosary beads have travelled through troubled fingers only God and his Mother know. How many miracles of grace it has worked in the lives of those who were faithful to this devotion, it must keep the angels busy to record. How many times it has pulled back from the gates
September 01, 2021
Michael Hodges
The reputation of EW Pugin has inevi tably, to a degree, been overshadowed by that of his father, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52). Both lived very short lives – father and son respectively died at 40 and 41 – and yet both achieved a prolific amount. EW Pugin was responsible for two English Catholic cathedrals
August 30, 2021
Tessa Balfour
Two choice cuts this month in honour of St Cornelius, the patron saint of cattle
August 30, 2021
Charlie Hart
September’s soft golden hues cast the most interesting shadows as the garden gets its edges back in the autumn
August 29, 2021
Fr Richard Ounsworth OP
The Roman Lectionary derives from a similar, cyclical Jewish rite. It is a perpetual reminder of how the life of Christ fulfils the promise God made to Israel
August 27, 2021
William Cash
A pilgrimage to the of holy outpost of Iona, 40 years after 
first being inspired to visit the tiny Hebridean island
July 29, 2021
Tessa Balfour
Grouse breasts with pancetta and olive tapenade
July 28, 2021
Charlie Hart
After the whirligig of summer, it’s time to stop and think and consider what 
has worked well in the garden – and what might work next year, says Charlie Hart
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