5th June 2020

Dotpainting – Light in the Darkness

There is a hidden meaning in this painting which needs explanation. The meaning gradually developed when I was painting myself, born between the two rivers (Dinkel and Regge, top and bottom blue lines), becoming a member of Mill Hill (the red lines left and right, sign of the sash or girdle of a Mill Hill Missionary), arriving at the Iban (the ukir or Iban-painting in … Read more

Father Alphonse (Fons) Geerts MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on 17th May 2020 at 6 am at Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek ,The Netherlands, at the age of 89 of Alphonse (Fons) Geerts Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Alphonse, as he was baptised, was born on 9th November 1930 in Ginneken, The Netherlands. His father Adrian, who was a farmer, was married … Read more

The Pope Video of May: For Deacons

The new Pope Video has just been published, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church” and of a renewed apostolate in today’s world. Pope Francis exhorts us to pray for them, that they may be “an invigorating symbol for the entire … Read more

A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project

Raworth’s 2017 bestselling book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, has graced the bedside table of people ranging from the former Brexit secretary David Davis to the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who described it as a “breakthrough alternative to growth economics”. The inner ring of her doughnut sets out the minimum we need to lead a good life, derived from the UN’s … Read more

Frans van der Lugt SJ – A Testimony Fit for Holy Week

Six years ago, by the day, Frans van der Lugt SJ died a martyr’s death in Homs (Syria). The animated film below which the Jesuits made last year provides an insight into the inner life of Frans van der Lugt SJ. The testimony of this life makes it easier to understand what it can mean for a person to be “a companion of Jesus.” Also … Read more

‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr’s offering on my birthday. Couldn’t resist sharing it!  Fons. You are not important, and yet Jesus says, “Rejoice because your name is written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We need a still point in this twirling world of images and feelings, especially in a time such as ours. If we are tethered at some center point, it is amazing how far out we can fly and not get lost. The True Self, “our name in … Read more

Father Willem van Leeuwen MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 31st March 2020 at 10.50 in the morning at Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek ,The Netherlands, at the age of 94 of Father Willem van Leeuwen Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Fr. Willem van Leeuwen was born in Boskoop, Haarlem, Netherlands on 4th February 1926 to Willem van Leeuwen and Jacoba … Read more

A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no time. Now it’s becoming clear all over the world that … Read more

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