Pray for Madeleine

I have been very busy the last week, so very little time for blogging, however, please glance at this article about a beautiful English child who was snatched from her family while on holiday in Portugal. They’re Catholic. Prayers please. [Read more...]

Rapture and the Motu Proprio

My more traditionalist friends will forgive me for poking just a little bit of fun at the increasing mania over the motu proprio that is expected from Rome. If anyone is still ignorant about this, it is the rumour that Pope Benedict will soon grant universal freedom for the Tridentine Rite of the Catholic liturgy [Read More...]

Karen Armstrong–defender of Islam

Daily Telegraph journalist Damian Thompson is often a bit too effete for my liking, but his writing is more robust lately, and I’m on his side as he attacks an awful British ex-nun Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a darling of the atheistic chattering classes in Britain. She’s written a series of predictably dull books on [Read More...]

Roses for May

Some time ago I posted about the relics of the true cross at the church of Sante Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. A comment was posted by one of the Cistercians who lives and works there. Brother Marco has a blog and hey, have a look at the rose garden they have in the gardens [Read More...]

Mary’s Month

Here is an excerpt from the chapter of my book Adventures in Orthodoxy on the Blessed Virgin: As I gazed on that luminous Madonna I made contact not only with something beautiful, but with Beauty. It was also an astoundingly intimate experience of purity and power. For a moment I caught a glimpse of a [Read More...]

Meme from the Phillipines

I’ve been tagged with a meme from the young blogger from the Phillipines who is a natural writer with a refreshing take on his Catholic faith. I’m supposed to tell you what I’m reading at the moment: I’ve always got several books on the go. I’m reading Eamon Duffy’s latest: Marking the Hours. I’ve got [Read More...]