Hankies Please

Try to keep your eyes dry on this one.  For American readers a ‘council estate’ is poor government housing for the underclass. h/t Fr Ray [Read more...]

From the Pope’s homily at St Patrick’s

The first has to do with the stained glass windows, which flood the interior with mystic light. From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary. But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor. Many writers – here in America we can [Read More...]


Placido Domingo singing Panis Angelicus at the Papal Mass in Washington. Very moving to see him kneel to kiss the Pope’s ring at the end. [Read more...]

Road to Cana

Anne Rice’s second installment on the life of Christ is even better than the first. Now Jesus is a young man, living in Nazareth with his extended family. One of the things Rice makes clear is how Jesus’ ‘brothers’ in the New Testament are his kinsmen. Not only do the semantics allow for this probability, [Read More...]

More on Marriage

There has been further comment on my post about Love and Marriage. I defined marriage as being essentially between a man and a woman, and that other alternative unions were not marriages. I was taken to task by one commentator who suggested that other people disagree and believe that the marital act between a man [Read More...]

New Poem

The Dogwood TreeFor a Papal VisitMy garden has an ancient dogwood tree,grown from a cutting from a tree that datesback beyond all living memory.The old gardener loves that tree, and relatesthe tale of how one tree was kept alivefor thousands of years through bad times and good;how some cuttings would falter, others thrive,yet all, both [Read More...]