Sometimes my health both physical and mental debilitates me. Like an impenetrable dark thicket between me and the world. I have to cling then to prayers without words. I take the pain, the grief, the darkness, the twisted girders and hold them up in my mind in a bowl and offer it constantly to God. There are no words and almost never any comfort to be gained. But I offer it up for others that my suffering might be efficacious. The Lord appears distant. There is great emptiness, loneliness, isolation. Do I doubt, no I don’t not even when my … Continue reading It’s been awhile
Like a sunbeam breaking into darkness so does the Spirit draw our attention to a certain verse in the Bible. That happened to me this morning at the Mass readings. I heard these words as though for the very first time in my life, even though I already knew them, “You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love doesn’t do anything wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is what fulfills the Law. Love doesn’t do anything wrong to a neighbour or Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour. What a lesson is to be found in that … Continue reading The Secret Trick for Peace?
We forget this so often don’t we? We tick off our Mass attendance, Rosary, Lectio Divina, our prayers for others and think well done? But is this not just our duty as servants of the Lord where and how can we congratulate ourselves for doing only what is required of us? Our servanthood is just the beginning of obeying the will of the Father? Do we not pray, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”? Just the beginning, not the end. We will never have time to rest this side of death it is only after … Continue reading A Must Read if you use Twitter
The last few days have been a bit of a struggle. Trying very hard to work out what I feel about certain things in relation to the Church. I dislike the focus online of fighting between what appear to be Catholic factions. As, basically, a newcomer I am distressed. It all seems so trivial and one of the things that drove me out of Protestantism was incessant bickering. Are we not called to unity? Surely it is sufficient that we share One Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and the Mass? As we work out our salvation in fear and trembling … Continue reading Struggles or Why Fight?
The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses, arrived at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow today, Monday 16th September. The relics arrived at HMP Barlinnie, one of Scotland’s largest prisons at 2.00pm on 16th September where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia celebrated a Mass for staff and inmates. In his homily, the Archbishop urged inmates to follow the example of St. Therese and to “do little things, little acts of goodness here and there throughout the day that in the end make a … Continue reading Show kindness to one another Archbishop urges Barlinnie inmates
How I miss not being able to attend church at least on a Sunday. However that is now my housebound life so I just have to suck it up. Thank goodness for the way the Lord hearing my prayer led me to find Churchservices.tv what a joy filled blessing that has been I settled into one parish where I go daily. I read all about the parish and support them practically as well. All this in addition to the excellent care from my actual parish. Many years ago now knowing I wasn’t getting better but worse I found the Lord … Continue reading Sunday Musings
Although my reception into the Catholic Church was done secretly and remains secret even to this day from certain family members and others, I nevertheless despite some opposition decided to make my home as Catholic as was possible. In the entrance hall is a small crucifix fixed to the wall. I touch it daily with prayer as though it were a mezuzah in Jewish home. Each room bar one has a crucifix or icon so that my eyes my fall on them frequently to remind me to offer prayer and praise. A cross beside my bed a rosary hangs on … Continue reading Secret Catholic
My hidden world. The time of reflection has arrived, at least for me anyway. I am reaching the end and I have an opportunity to look back over the decades and reflect on my life. The first thing I am aware of is the fact that absolutely nothing I dreamed of up to the age of 21 has remotely come to pass. At that age I knew with certainty where and what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to live and how it was all going to work. It seemed so clear, I had finished University … Continue reading Shattered Dreams lead to a better place