Archives December 31, 2013

Epiphany Proclamation 2014

The feast of Epiphany begins with the traditional proclamation which sets the dates for Easter and the rest of the Church year. In an age without watches or calendars it was a useful marker of the year, and is a tradition which should, I believe, be maintained… Epiphany Proclamation Dear brothers and sisters, the glory […]

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Midnight Mass 2013

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen It’s often said that there’s something magical about Christmas, that it has a fairy tale quality to it. Christmas lights, candles and other decorations certainly enliven this darkest time of the year: their gentle, subtle, twinkling light fills this […]

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The public is wrong…

We seem to have such strange public perceptions: we love to stigmatise and alienate. I read this week (http://theconversation.com/british-people-are-wrong-about-everything-heres-why-16018) that out of every £100 of Benefit, the public believes about £24 of it is obtained fraudulently whereas in reality the figure is about 70pence. Everytime I pass a newsstand I glimpse the front page of the […]

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Prayer

‘Most High and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and grant me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and understanding,  Lord, so that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen.’” Francis of Assisi

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