Countering the Performance Culture

I will be in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday leading a day workshop and lecture on worship. The first session is The Meaning of Sacrifice,  the second, The Meaning of Mystery. Then a workshop session, How Shall We then Worship? It seems to me that within American Catholicism one of the things we need most to [Read More...]

Where Did Jesus Go?


  Several comments on my post on the Ascension pondered on where Christ went. If we went up physically, where did he go? Did he go to some sort of physical/spiritual realm that we cannot conceive of? As it happens, I have just come from a session with our sophomores in High School discussing Nominalism [Read More...]

New Poem

Visit to Chartres I came across it as I took the tour.The tympanum over the Southern doorportrays the judgement with Christ on his throne,demons, angels and human souls carved in stone. It’s not the finest medieval scene.The figures are cramped and small. The layout’s mean,awkward and unrefined; and yet for my part,I find in the [Read More...]

Father Joe

I’ve just finished Fr Joe by Tony Hendra. It’s a brilliant book, one I’ve been meaning to read for some time, as I knew Fr Joe Warrilow and know Quarr Abbey so well. From what I’d heard, I thought Tony Hendra’s book would be a shallow, “Well, I was once a drugged up Hollywood drop [Read More...]

Heaven’s Angel

Honest! I only bought it to save on fuel consumption. I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint. It’s part of my evangelization work. I’m reaching out the local Hell’s Angels. I’m trying to be more relevant and hip for the teens… Actually it’s a friend’s bike. I’m not really a cool biker priest. Just pretending… [Read more...]

Ascension of Christ


What tickles me about the resurrection and ascension of Christ is the blatantly supernatural element of it all. “Come now,” the modernists say in their measured and rational tones, “must we believe that it was necessarily a crudely physical phenomenon? Surely the resurrection and ascension stories are beautiful tales told so that the dead Lord’s [Read More...]