“The Shack”: An Appraisal
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“The Shack”: An Appraisal

“THE SHACK” –  A BOOK TO READ, THE PLACE TO GO BACK TO! What you call personality and emotion (good and evil), we see as shades of colour and light – Sarayu I don’t blame those who think that after the Bible, the novel “The Shack” is the best faith-guide ever written, in much the…

Poem: I take a Knee
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Poem: I take a Knee

I TAKE A KNEE EVERYDAY! To the Almighty God!To Jesus on the Throne, on the Cross!To Jesus in the Eucharist and in the Elders! I take a knee for the poor, for the sick, for the marginalized!I take a knee for the oppressed and the unevangelized!I take a knee for carers and mothers,For labourers and…

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ – A Quirky Reflection on Doing God’s Will
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ – A Quirky Reflection on Doing God’s Will

A REFLECTION ON DOING GOD’S WILL The coronavirus pandemic has stopped my going to the hospital. also having been diagnosed with secondary cancer just before the arrival of coronavirus, it makes me a bit more vulnerable and bound to 12 weeks of self-isolating. We never think that we are doing their will. We trust that…

Lockdown in Liverpool
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Lockdown in Liverpool

Almost as soon as our own lockdown here in Herbert House had begun in the third week of March, we were struck with the sudden illness and tragic deaths of Fr. Owen Grant and Fr. John Sweeney from COVID-19. To make matters worse, I probably contracted the disease myself and was ‘hors de combat’ for…

Thoughts on the Coronavirus – A Poem by Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ
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Thoughts on the Coronavirus – A Poem by Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ

THOUGHTS  ON  THE  CORONAVIRUS There’s a season for everything At present it’s the coronavirus Who would have thought That such a pandemic Would actually inspire us. Our lives have been changed We have no choice Coronavirus has the loudest voice. It came so suddenly No time to prepare The whole world Is at a standstill…

Diocese of Westminster, U.K. –  Being Black and Catholic
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Diocese of Westminster, U.K. – Being Black and Catholic

Diocese of Westminster: We asked four people from London, from different walks of life, to share with us their personal stories of being black and Catholic.

The Virus and Mill Hill – A Poem
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The Virus and Mill Hill – A Poem

The Virus and Mill Hill.    (A Covid-19 sonnet) With no regard for colour, land or creed, This Covid-19 kills and causes fear. Its cruel furtive nature shows the need For care – to ask where will it next appear? From all the lands we work in come the pleas To be with those who suffer…

Herbert House, Freshfield, U.K.: Four Diamond Jubilarians
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Herbert House, Freshfield, U.K.: Four Diamond Jubilarians

Frs Frank Smith, Jim Daley, John McCluskey, and Peter Flannery celebrated their diamond (60) Jubilee on July 10th. Congratulations!! Fr Stephen Giles sent this beautiful picture:        

Trust. A Poem
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Trust. A Poem

(TRUST    A light-hearted take on Pope Francis’ important  Urbi et Orbi meditation on 27 March 2020).     TRUST                                        (Mk 4,38) Off we go. All aboard ! All agreed, of one accord. See how the fishermen have scored; All big and little fish still stored, Some to eat and some to hoard – Hard work’s happy just…

Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections
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Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections

We like to think that things get better over time. But as the Black Lives Matter movement has rightly shown, change happens too slowly, or is superficial, or doesn’t happen at all. In my own field of research, you can see an imperialist view prevail. Scientists continue to report how new species are “discovered” every year, species…

‘We Cannot Be Silent about Racism’ – Bishops of Southwark
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‘We Cannot Be Silent about Racism’ – Bishops of Southwark

We are committed to making sure that our parishes, schools, and communities are places where everyone is welcomed, where everyone is affirmed, where everyone is encouraged; where everyone is respected for the person God has created them to be and for the person God is calling them to become. We have, in our Church, some…

Corpus Christi: To Become the Body of Christ we also must be Broken like Christ
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Corpus Christi: To Become the Body of Christ we also must be Broken like Christ

My point is this: it is the very nature of the eucharist, in enacting the drama of Christ, to incorporate an element of the brokenness of the world and the brokenness of human relations into the story of the foundational event of Christian faith precisely because it mirrors the brokenness of Christ himself. To put that another…