Authority and delight

There is a striking sentence in the segment of the Acts of the Apostles that we read this Sunday. ‘We hear that some of our members...

Celebrating Jean Vanier

Many tributes have been paid to Jean Vanier, the founder of the l’Arche communities for people...

The stories in our heads

‘Steady reductions in Arctic sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade. This...

We too are an alloy

I never thought much about alloys till last week when a friend waxed eloquent about them. ...

The heart of France

It is three days now since Notre Dame de Paris, Our Lady of Paris, was enveloped...

Of Brexit and black holes

I expected the BBC to kick off its evening news with the gathering of the nations...

Originals and photocopies

This week Pope Francis issued his letter setting out what was learnt at the recent synod...

Stuck on roof tops

‘Those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose they...

Heavy with sleep

‘Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep’!  What are we to make of that? Jesus...

When the bridegroom leaves

‘The time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then they...

A sound tree

Balfour Mount is considered ‘the father of palliative care in North America’. Palliative care has been...

Freedom and mercy

Thomas Merton was a New Zealander born in France, who was educated in England and lived...

Darkness and light

Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Scriptures, describes in a way understandable to the people...

The gospel must grow feet

Forty-two years ago a priest and his two companions – one in his seventies, one in...

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