Daily Mass

Today I went to St Mary’s to celebrate the daily Mass at 12:00. I was busy. There was business at school and people to talk to. I was running late. The traffic was heavy and every traffic light was red. I arrived a few minutes late and felt bad because I had not left enough [Read More...]

Merton

Somebody has suggested that I write my conversion story. I’m not sure about autobiographies as a genre. It seems to me that you have to assume that a good number or ordinary folks will cough up twenty dollars of their hard earned money just to read all about your life. Isn’t that about tops for [Read More...]

Catholodoxies

Have I recommended this new blog? A young Evangelical searching for the Truth of the historic faith. I wish he’d get hold of a couple of my books and read them and recommend them to others. I can’t seem to get hold of him by email. Maybe he’ll read this and be in touch… [Read more...]

Not Just the Catholics

Some time ago during the height of the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church my friend David said that plenty of the same stuff went on in Protestant Churches, but because they are much more unaccountable and without a strict hierarchical system they don’t get picked up. Here’s a link which proves he was [Read More...]

Latin Answers

Thank you to all the people who have answered my questions on the Latin Mass and expressed their opinions. The combox is now closed on this one. A summary of my own feelings is this: I do actually appreciate the Latin Mass, and hope a wider permission is granted for the Latin Mass to be [Read More...]

Suicide Attack in Gaza

Today’s reading from the Office of Readings is the story from the book of Judges of Samson pulling down the temple of Dagon on the heads of the Philistines. It could be yesterday’s headline: Israeli Suicide Attack on Palestinian Mosque… Except that the Jews seem to have learned a few lessons since Samson’s time, and [Read More...]

Latin Questions

OK, I’m not a liturgical expert. I’m only a convert, and a new priest at that, but I have been trying real hard to understand the attraction of the Latin Mass. Some time ago I attended a Latin Mass and enjoyed it up to a point, however, I have some questions. Don’t get me wrong. [Read More...]

Schindler’s List

One of the great things about Netflix is the availability of almost any movie you want to see. I ordered Schindler’s List and have just finished watching it with my teenagers. Pretty terrifying, and like the best of Spielberg, the whole film has layer upon layer of meaning.The subtle interplay of Judaism and Schindler’s Catholicism [Read More...]

Sometimes I Wake up Grumpy…

…and sometimes I let him sleep in. Is the name of a book by some sort of Christian Erma Bombeck humorist. It was a cheerful ‘Sunshine on the Soapsuds’ kind of book. I was reminded of it by a comment by someone who signs themself ‘anonymous old friend’ in my combox. AOF said that one [Read More...]

Aloysius Gonzaga

One of the most wonderful and interesting and amazing things about being a Catholic is that you keep on discovering more saints. I’d heard of Aloysius Gonzaga, but I’m afraid I first came across the name ‘Aloysius’ (and couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it) as Sebastian Flyte’s teddy bear. Then I happened into St [Read More...]

Down, but not Out

Sorry so few posts over the last few days. I’ve been on the go for over a year without a break. The last few days I’ve crashed. nuthin serious. Ahm jist tard. [Read more...]

Mork the Dork

Tim Staples sent this in: New York, Jun 20, 2007 / 10:14 am (CNA).- Robin Williams has decided that he won’t pay any consequences for ridiculing the Church in public, says The Catholic League. On Monday night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Williams equated all priests with pedophiles and mocked confession. Leno invited the actor [Read More...]

Sacre Coeur

Here’s a post I put up on Valentine’s Day about the Sacred Heart of Jesus. [Read more...]

Visit to the Stick Village

In the town of La Herradura there is a stick village. The town is on the edge of the mangrove swamps, and to reclaim some land the people hammer long sticks into the mud to create an enclosure. They then scoop the smelly tidal mud inside the stick enclosure until it builds up to a [Read More...]

Smeagol’s Friend

“I wants to be a Catholic deacon too after I finishes Smeagol’s work of wrecking The Shire…” (Note: this is a snap of Gordon Brown–soon to be Prime Minister of Britain– in his student days.. This post is a sequel to this one) [Read more...]

El Salvador Survivors

20% of El Salvador’s GNP comes in the form of US dollars sent back to El Salvador by family members who have made the long journey to the USA to find work. 16% of the population of El Salvador live in extreme poverty. This means they live on less than $1.00 a day. We’re talking [Read More...]

Living by Faith

Imagine this: a poor peasant in El Salvador is born in the 1960s. Let’s call her Anita. She was baptized. She was lucky. She went to school until third grade, and then was pulled out to work in the fields to help support her family. She lived in the same village her whole life. Her [Read More...]

Superstition

My Evangelical friend David comments that a missionary friend of his went to Brazil and was dismayed to find Catholics there bound by superstition, Pelagianism (the belief in salvation by works) and the repetition of vain rituals to please a demanding God. What are we to say to such charges? First of all, our sincere [Read More...]

The Mission Impossible Team

Left to Right: Maureen- mission team ‘Mom’. John – very bright. Just graduated a year early, and off to Gordon College to study oceanography. A true eccentric, he wore long pants and long sleeves all week, and went to the prom with both he and his date dressed in outfits made from duct tape Norah [Read More...]

Sects and Jazzy T-Shirts

Last Saturday when we arrived at Greenville Spartanburg airport we had to jostle for a place to check in because there was a group of 70 Baptist young people wearing jazzy T-shirts with Bible verses on them. They were off to Nicaragua on a mission trip. When we got to Atlanta there must have been [Read More...]

Lean on Me

Some years ago I was part of a youth weekend at Lancing College in England. Their school chapel is a great neo Gothic church perched on the side of a hill. We wanted the young people to understand the poverty in the developing world, so we set them a project: they had to go into [Read More...]

Corpus Christi in El Salvador

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