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Of Communion and Communities

Words are not merely labels. They deliver concepts and images that guide and steer us through life. A fragmented society tends to devalue words so as to, even unconsciously, threaten the concepts it dislikes. Take the word community. Once it … Continue reading

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St George and the New Evangelisation

The celebration of the glorious Martyr St George is a day that fills us with courage and renewed hope in prayer. St George stood up for what he believed and paid the ultimate price. St George protected the Church of … Continue reading

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One year on and many blessings!

For us at the Sevenoaks Ordinariate group tomorrow is an important day. Not only is it the feast day of St Anselm, Bp & Doctor; it is also our first anniversary since we became Catholics in the Personal Ordinariate of … Continue reading

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Ubi Petrus ibi ecclesia, et ibi ecclesia vita eterna

Seven years ago today saw the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as the successor of St Peter. As soon as the votes were counted and Ratzinger was elected, an appointed cardinal moved in front of him and asked him if he … Continue reading

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Nearer my God to thee!

The Holy Week and Easter liturgies are always a strong spiritual time that stretch to the full those who lead and partake in them in equal measure. That is how it should be. The Easter Vigil is the central liturgical … Continue reading

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A week end pilgrimage in Walsingham

This was the first time I led a pilgrimage in Walsingham as a Catholic priest. Forty assembled at the Parish Church in Westerham for Mass and the blessing of pilgrims and off we went to the holy place. The Administrator … Continue reading

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Sancte Pater – Ad Multos Annos!

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Why Tenow8?

In a handful of words canon 1008 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law encapsulates the nature of priesthood. can 1008: By divine institution some among Christ’s faithful are, through the sacrament of order, marked with an indelible character and … Continue reading

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Change and decay…

I see that there are are only two possibilities in life, it is change or decay. Change might be unsettling as new and most probably uncharted waters have to be crossed, but this is the only way to grow and … Continue reading

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of Marriage

A very positive and clear letter from the leaders of English and Welsh Bishops was offered to all Catholics in England and Wales last Sunday. Affirming the importance of marriage as the foundational institution of society for the good of … Continue reading

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