Apologia Excerpts

Fr Philips posts here on his re-reading of Newman’s Apologia [Read more...]

Monsenor Oscar Romero

In El Salvador we visited this chapel where Archbishop Romero was assassinated. The words on the wall behind the altar read, “At this altar Archbishop Romero offered his life for the people.” It was a quiet summer morning, and a woman was arranging flowers by the altar. There was a great sense of sadness and holiness [Read More...]

El Salvador Survivors

We’re back from our second St Joseph’s Mission Trip to El Salvador. Last year I led six high schoolers with a parent chaperone, and the trip was very difficult. We lived with the poor, got very sick and endured record heat. Nevertheless, the students were all troopers and the sign that the trip was worthwhile [Read More...]

Boy not healed by faith

Tragic. Read this story of an un-necessary death of a boy who belonged to a faith healing Christian sect called the Followers of Christ. Second death in the same family. The first death was a toddler whose parents didn’t pursue medical treatment for a condition easily cured. Now the toddler’s uncle–a sixteen year old  boy has [Read More...]

EL Salvador

No blogging for a week. We’re off to El Salvador on the St Joseph’s School Mission trip early tomorrow morning. This is one of the children in the ‘stick village’ that we visit, and with whom we work. [Read more...]

Captain Hastings

If you have seen the wonderful Hercule Poirot television series from England you will remember the portrayal of the Belgian sleuth’s sidekick called ‘Hastings’. What a fine fellow he is! He’s the archetypal English twit. He’s arrogant and bigoted, but isn’t even aware of it. He affects a cheerful bonhomie, he’s always there by Poirot’s side, [Read More...]


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