SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Life & Soul
September 29, 2020
Fr Andrew Pinsent
“Providence” is from a word that means “to foresee,” conveying the notion that God directs the cosmos and human affairs with wise benevolence. In a providential cosmos or life, time is not simply a succession of moments, like the ticking of a clock, but takes on an organic direction, as if marking progress or growth
September 25, 2020
Bishop David McGough
Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year Ezekiel 18: 25-28; Philippians 2: 1-11; Matthew 21: 28-32 “Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interest first, but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead. In your mind you must be like Christ Jesus: his state was divine, but
September 18, 2020
Bishop David McGough
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
Charles Coulombe
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
Andy Lewis
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
Bonnie Lander Johnson
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 11, 2020
Fr Andrew Pinsent
Some definitions of faith are highly negative: “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence” is how Richard Dawkins describes it in The Selfish Gene. Needless to say, this definition is entirely his own and not from any Catholic theological source. What, then, is faith in a theological sense? In
September 11, 2020
Dr Pravin Thevathasan
”I was baptised as an Anglican, then at school I became a ‘nothing’. “I had some interest in Carl Jung and humanism but essentially I left school without a sense of following any religious denomination, believing that all religions had an element of truth. I returned to Anglicanism largely as a result of reading the
September 11, 2020
Fr Lawrence Lew, OP
About half a year after the Great Fast of Lent that prepares us for the Easter festivities there is another lesser-known Little Fast that punctuates the year. This time of penance and abstinence is traditionally undertaken by the Franciscans in imitation of St Francis of Assisi, who had begun the custom of fasting from the
September 11, 2020
Roy Peachey
While he was being hunted down by the Elizabethan authorities during his six years as a missionary priest, St Robert Southwell wrote some of the finest poetry of the 16th century – and some wonderful prose works too. In one of these books, A Short Rule of Good Life, he adapted the advice usually found
September 04, 2020
Fr David Palmer
This year being what it is, for my short summer break I decided to leave my parish in Nottingham to spend a few days in the far-distant land of Kent. So I went to Canterbury to do the St Augustine of Canterbury trail. First stop: a visit to the (newish) Shrine of St Augustine in
September 04, 2020
Fr Dominic Allain
As one of the Quarter Days of the medieval year, Michaelmas had important significance for rents, leases and employment. If you are preparing to return to school, university or the legal world, the name Michaelmas might still denominate your term. Otherwise, this once important feast has only a residual impact on the cultural landscape of