Allotment Reflections: Mission Rooted in Closeness
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Allotment Reflections: Mission Rooted in Closeness

Where does evangelisation begin? I work in my allotment most days although there’s not much to do in December. I’d like to introduce you to a few of the allotmenteers I rub shoulders with. Take George, whose son punched and killed a man in a scuffle a few years ago. George’s son went to prison…

‘Priest’ – Documentary on Life of ‘Ordinary Priest’ in England
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‘Priest’ – Documentary on Life of ‘Ordinary Priest’ in England

“I think people have a sort of rather narrow view of the priesthood and that it’s you know they they do Mass a few times week that’s about it – maybe they’ll take the odd confession and stuff like that – but generally speaking, it’s a relatively easy job and everything is alright with them…

Arundel Cathedral Christmas 2020: ‘Unto us a Child is Born’
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Arundel Cathedral Christmas 2020: ‘Unto us a Child is Born’

Arundel Cathedral is in West Sussex, England. Music: Handel’s Messiah – For Unto Us A Child Is Born. Performed by Ansan City Choir, South Korea. Many thanks to Ansan City Choir for allowing the use of their musical performance recording as a soundtrack for this video. The Ansan City Choir, with a wide repertoire and…

‘Born in a Stable’: The Plight of Those Who do not Belong
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‘Born in a Stable’: The Plight of Those Who do not Belong

On the 1st of April 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, 14 guests from ‘Hope for Southall Street Homeless’ shelter were provided with hotel accommodation by Ealing council and the Greater London Authority. It addressed an immediate problem. Since then, the staff of HSSH have been supporting them as best as possible. The work…

Father William (Bill) McAvoy MHM has died. RIP
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Father William (Bill) McAvoy MHM has died. RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the morning of the 17th day of December, 2020 at The Antique Medical Center, San Jose, Antique, Philippines, at the age of 91 of Father William (Bill) McAvoy Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Bill, as we in Mill Hill affectionately…

Timothy Radcliffe O.P. on Creativity and Imagination
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Timothy Radcliffe O.P. on Creativity and Imagination

https://youtu.be/0j9bhHYSRCE In conversation with Paula Gooder, Timothy Radcliffe OP explores some of the ways that creativity and imagination can help us with the search for connection with each other, with ourselves, and with God. Please note that the sound occasionally distorts for a few seconds with an audio echo but this happens infrequently and the…

Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection
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Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection

COM-PASSION – BORN TO SUFFER – “WITH GOD IN RUSSIA”! (No way! Not him! Not to him! Wow)! I’m am beginning to understand why we all incline to or recline on horror stories or detective movies.  Ignatius of Loyola was no exception.  I am also sure we equally have a secret space in our rooms…

#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution
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#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s #RedWednesday event yesterday (25th November) featured testimonies from those living day by day with persecution, including kidnapped teenager Maira Shahbaz and Nigeria’s Archbishop Kaigama, who had one of his priests kidnapped earlier this week. Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan, described how she had been abducted,…

Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl
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Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl

A 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan in hiding from the man trying to hunt her down is to release a video statement describing how she and her family are “constantly receiving death threats”. Maira Shahbaz will describe how Mohamad Nakash Tariq “tortured” her by gang-raping and blackmailing her as part of an ordeal in which…

Mill Hill Missionaries Join New Wave of Faith Inspired Fossil Fuel Divestment
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Mill Hill Missionaries Join New Wave of Faith Inspired Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fr Dermot F Byrne MHM, Regional Representative of Mill Hill Missionaries (British Region), said: “Our members have always worked among the poorest and most disadvantaged in Africa, Asia and South America, and the pursuit of social equality and justice has always been a serious priority for us. Concern for what Pope Francis reminds us is…

Social Distancing – An Old Idea
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Social Distancing – An Old Idea

« … ten lepers approached Jesus. Keeping their distance, they called out….” Lk 17, 12-13.        Keeping their distance: (two metres ??): diseases that are considered to be contagious have been treated seriously through the centuries. Whether it is from fear or from love, from hateful discrimination or for caring isolation, people are obliged to keep…

A Day in the Life of Pluscarden Abbey
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A Day in the Life of Pluscarden Abbey

Pluscarden Abbey is a remote Benedictine monastery on the edge of the Scottish Highlands in Moray and is home to 21 monks. It is the oldest practising monastery in the United Kingdom, dating back to the medieval era. The monks live by the 6th-century Rule of St Benedict and life has changed little in hundreds…