Kenya: ‘Undaunted’, a Memoir by Kiltegan Missionary Gabriel Dolan
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Kenya: ‘Undaunted’, a Memoir by Kiltegan Missionary Gabriel Dolan

Fr Gabriel Dolan is a member of St Patrick’s Society for the Foreign Missions (Kiltegan) and a tireless high profile defender of human rights in Kenya. In this book he presents a fascinating account of his struggles for justice and human rights in Turkana and elsewhere in Kenya, with a collection of columns published by…

Christmas: Open Ended Expectation
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Christmas: Open Ended Expectation

There is nothing wrong with enjoying Christmas, or indeed with a little over-indulgence. At any rate, there is nothing Christian about embodiments of Scrooge masquerading as piety. What matters is that we remember why we are enjoying it. We’re not, or not chiefly, remembering a past event. We’re sharpening our hope and expectation of how…

Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting
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Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting

Lest we are tempted just to leave this feast for hazy conjecture, I suggest it does fulfil a contemporary purpose and that is to give us a chilling reminder of how innocent life is always the victim when men’s political and warring excesses get the upper hand in the insecure male adult psyche. When I…

Christmas Day Prayer
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Christmas Day Prayer

One of the best ways in which we can celebrate Christmas is to give thanks to God for those who are accompanying the poor today – those handing out food to the hungry, those giving shelter to the homeless; those befriending refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds; those who care for the…

Christmas Greetings
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Christmas Greetings

Wishing a truly Luminous Christmas to all visitors – regular and occasional – to this website of the Mill Hill Missionaries. And may Peace be yours in abundance in the New Year. God has come. God is there in the world. And therefore everything is different from what we imagine it to be. . ….

John Wijngaards’ ‘Ten Commandments for Church Reform’ – a Review
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John Wijngaards’ ‘Ten Commandments for Church Reform’ – a Review

John Wijngaards has set himself a challenging task. He has lived a full and fascinating life. He tells his story with a luxury of detail. It is obvious he is telling it ‘like it is’, or was. For any Catholic who has lived the experience of post-Vatican II, his book is a significant contribution to…

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A Tale of Two Christmases

We have become used to parallel Christmases, Family Gatherings and Festive Good Cheer alongside Christmas Cribs and Nativity Plays. We’ve learned to enjoy both, though with a growing sense of unease at the widening gap opening up between them. It has become harder to ignore the poor and the homeless on our doorstep and across…

Timothy Radcliffe – ‘Hope and Despair are Contagious’
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Timothy Radcliffe – ‘Hope and Despair are Contagious’

“It’s not just Omicron, but a sense that history is not going anywhere. There’s a rise of violence, threats of war, the ecological catastrophe… Many young people say they don’t want to have children because they don’t want to bring them into a world that has no future. But we believe in God’s future”. “I…

The Visitation – Histories, Hands, Sons Intertwined
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The Visitation – Histories, Hands, Sons Intertwined

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have come to know the meaning and the consequences of ‘social distance’. At best, we have been allowed to constitute a small group – a bubble – of family or those with whom we normally share our lives. If it is true that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ then…