The Solidity of Angels

Today is Michaelmass.. the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, and I’m reminded of that bit in C.S.Lewis’ science fiction books where his Ransom discusses the reality of the angel-like beings the Eldils. It’s a cool argument that the Eldils are invisible to humans not because they are less real, but more real. Because [Read More...]

Bad Agnostics

Grandma: So, Billy, how was Mass? Billy: We couldn’t hear a thing because the agnostics were so bad. [Read more...]

Meeting Therese

On my post about Francis and Therese someone commented on the toughness underneath their apparent simpering sweetness. Absolutely! In the great adventure that is the spiritual life the sweetness is only valid when it’s supported by strength. Francis was no weakling. Therese was no softie. I had my own experience of meeting Therese. In the [Read More...]

Flower Power

We’re following a Franciscan theme at school this year so I decided to show Zeffirelli’s classic film, Brother Sun, Sister Moon. Phew! I forgot what a flower child Francis was made out to be…all that soft focus running through poppy fields with butterflies and bumblebees and Donovan yodeling in the background. Yucch. Luckily I only [Read More...]

Closed Communion?

My Protestant friends get a little bit snooty when we don’t invite them to receive communion in the Catholic Church. “But we practice open communion!” they cry with an air of wounded righteousness. “We invite anyone who loves and serves the Lord Jesus.” So I ask them if they welcome Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies and Mormons. [Read More...]

Ever Ancient Ever New

I was talking with one of my students the other day about the mystery of the Roman Church. Has it ever struck you that we have here an institution that is older than Imperial Rome, yet it survives and thrives into the 21st century? Wow! There is no other political, cultural or religious organization that [Read More...]