Advent: The ‘O Antiphons ‘Reimagined
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Advent: The ‘O Antiphons ‘Reimagined

The O Antiphons are a series of seven verses dating from the sixth century and prayed during vespers during the last week of Advent. Each antiphon is a name of Jesus taken from Scripture, and they are the basis for the popular Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Ansgar’s images are saturated with color and…

DR Congo: ‘The Power of Women’ – a Book by Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege
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DR Congo: ‘The Power of Women’ – a Book by Nobel Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege

This book for me can maybe raise the intimidation and maybe attempts on my life, but I think that it’s something that, for me, it’s just this feeling that I should do it. I have to do it. Because it’s a way to, also, to talk to the world about what is happening in my…

Winter Meditation Mix- Poor Clares Arundel
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Winter Meditation Mix- Poor Clares Arundel

Spotify Exactly one year ago the Poor Clares of Arundel (near Brighton) caused a stir with their own CD, Light for the world. In a month, it became the most popular album ever released by a religious order. The CD contains well-known religious hymns, interspersed with music based on texts by Saint Clare of Assisi…

Climate Crisis: Cruising Towards a Brick Wall
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Climate Crisis: Cruising Towards a Brick Wall

That humanity is cruising at speed towards a brick wall is no longer an alarmist hypothesis; it carries the eery fatality of predictable fact. The sense of resignation widely felt in the wake of COP26 induces hopelessness. Why can’t we mobilise ourselves? In this powerful lecture, given in Leeds Cathedral on 22. November, Dr Carmody Grey argues that…

Rejoice! A Gaudete Sunday Reflection
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Rejoice! A Gaudete Sunday Reflection

We must here acknowledge one of the charges that has often been laid against our faith: that it appears to teach people to accept their present, real misery for the sake of an obscure future happiness, instead of encouraging them to take action and make things better. It is a form of religion that too…

Immaculate Conception
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Immaculate Conception

In the early 1980s, the late and much loved Kevin Donovan SJ went part-time on the faculty at Heythrop College in order to become a parish priest in north London. The opening line of his first lecture after the move ran: ‘Now that I’m working in a parish, I’m coming to realise that theology is as important…

Advent: Season of Wonder
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Advent: Season of Wonder

Pay attention./Be astonished./Tell about it.’ During Advent this poem by Mary Oliver speaks with particular authority. It moves me to find it resonate with Fides et Ratio. The encyclical’s contemplative author points out that fundamental elements of knowledge ‘spring from the wonder awakened in [us] by the contemplation of creation: human beings are astonished to discover…

Sunday Reflection
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Sunday Reflection

A voice of one crying out in the desert:“Prepare the way of the Lord,make straight his paths.Every valley shall be filledand every mountain and hill shall be made low.The winding roads shall be made straight,and the rough ways made smooth,and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Source: ICN Continue reading

John the Baptist in Advent
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John the Baptist in Advent

Every year in the Lectionary used in Catholic churches all over the world, the gospel readings on the second and third Sundays of Advent have as their main focus John the Baptist. Who was this man and how does he come across in the various passages from the gospels read on these days? Have we…

Persons with Disabilities Special Day December 3rd
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Persons with Disabilities Special Day December 3rd

A Poem… Just like you  Maybe I look different, talk differently, move differently, but… I work just like you I value cleanliness just like you I aim to pursue goals just like youI love to dance just like youI go to the cinema just like you I take care for others just like you I make coffee just like youI…