The relics arriving on Thursday

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux arrive in Scotland for the first time on Thursday 29th of August, where they will begin a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses. Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin entered the convent aged just fifteen and was canonised a saint in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Many miracles of healing have been reported throughout the world, including Scotland, through her intercession. She is a Doctor of the Church, Patroness of the Missions and of the sick. Hesr relics will be brought to Barlinnie Prison for a special Mass on Monday 16th of September. Fr Jim Grant, General Secretary … Continue reading The relics arriving on Thursday

A Personal Update

As anyone who knows me or has read my blog here you will know I suffer from a major depressive order and have done so for the last twenty years. The new medication (an old drug) is the first to remove the locked box (where suicide lives) from my life which is absolutely great. But, there is always a but, I feel so tired and lethargic at the moment with joy sucked out of my being. It makes prayer hard. Now I persist everyday in Mass (too crippled to actually go) via Churchservices.tv and always to St Joseph’s in Bishop … Continue reading A Personal Update

Sparkling Diamonds of Wisdom

“I urge you to ask the question: ‘How will I respond if I am forced to choose between my conscience and my livelihood?’” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver says we need to prepare for tough times. ⭐️ To get us started with prayer, Cardinal Hume tells us to “remember you are trying to get in touch with a Person, and that Person is God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit. He is wanting to get in touch with you.” Furthermore, he said, “always think of God as your lover. 🌟 Padre Pio “Walk cheerfully and with a sincere and open heart … Continue reading Sparkling Diamonds of Wisdom

Excerpt 2

/6 My earliest memory is of bending down in a Sunday best coat aged about three and turning over a nasturtium leaf and finding a caterpillar. We all have memories. Have you ever examined that memory closely. If I bring that memory back into my mind, I can see the leaf, the hedge behind it and the path to the front gate. But on examining it more closely I see that in fact my point of view is from outside my body. I see myself doing this act, I don’t see it through my eyes I don’t fully experience the … Continue reading Excerpt 2

Cardinal Pell via Vatican News

The local Church in Australia and the Holy See react to the decision of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, on the dismissal of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal. Shortly after the 2-1 decision announced by the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, dismissing Cardinal George Pell’s appeal, both the local Church in Australia and the Holy See released statements containing their reaction to the decision. Cardinal Pell’s reaction A statement released by Cardinal Pell’s spokesperson said, “Cardinal Pell is obviously disappointed with the decision”. It then notes that his legal team will be examining the judgement to “determine a special-leave application … Continue reading Cardinal Pell via Vatican News

Monday Exhaustion

Wow. I am worn out. We have and are still having a run of birthdays, my mother in law is 101 and yesterday my Mother turned 90. Being housebound is hard sometimes but I see it as a blessing, more on that later. Our house has been busy busy busy, Today we have another birthday my eldest granddaughter turns 10, Meanwhile we are caring for our currently youngest granddaughter who is all of nine months. All these celebrations (there were many more) make keeping my blood glucose levels under control more difficult than it ought to be. I have been … Continue reading Monday Exhaustion

Chew the cud this weekend

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” Edmund Burke in 1790 It was brought to my attention by Matthew Parris in The Times. He uses it for political purposes for me I think it is relevant for those issues that trouble good Christian souls. The Humanist Society in Scotland make a great deal of noise … Continue reading Chew the cud this weekend

Plato’s Cave

Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality. Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all, for he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality … Continue reading Plato’s Cave

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Now toward the end of the summer season, at a time when fruits are ripe in the gardens and fields, the Church celebrates the most glorious “harvest festival” in the Communion of Saints. Mary, the supremely blessed one among women, Mary, the most precious fruit which has ripened in the fields of God’s kingdom, is today taken into the granary of heaven.  — Pius Parsch, The Church’s Year of Grace Continue reading The Dormition of the Mother of God