Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – A Stimulating Biblical Reflection
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – A Stimulating Biblical Reflection

The first point to observe when speaking of Christian Unity is that God is always working for unity; it follows, therefore, that if we are working against unity we are opposing God’s purposes, no matter how admirable our aims may seem to be. Secondly, however, diversity is difficult; there has never been a time when…

Sister Norbert Sorohan FMSJ Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Sister Norbert Sorohan FMSJ Has Died. R.I.P.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of SISTER NORBERT SOROHAN  who died at  Franciscan Convent, Burnley on 1st January 2022 Anna Mary Philomena Sorohan was born on 8th April 1931 in Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland,  the eldest of twelve children to her parents John and Mary Sorohan.  The first of her…

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…

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…

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…

Glowing Appraisal of John Wijngaards’ Memoirs
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Glowing Appraisal of John Wijngaards’ Memoirs

On hearing about Hans Wijngaards’  new book, ‘Ten Commandments for Church Reform’, I immediately ordered it and,  on receiving it, I could hardly put it down  ( I love to read autobiographies! ) and  I was so grateful and  delighted to read his personal  memoirs  from his early life to the present day and especially…