The Baptism of the Lord

A biblical text can become so familiar that we simply bypass statements that would ordinarily puzzle us. I’m thinking of an aspect of the...

Christ, the Light of the World

On entering the house, they saw the Child with Mary his Mother; and they knelt down and paid Him homage. Then, opening their treasure...

Epiphany: Three Approaches to Christ

In the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, three groups are called to our attention: the shepherds, the Magi and the court of King...

A Happy Marian New Year!

The Church begins each new calendar year with a Marian feast, celebrating the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, Theotokos – literally the...

Mary, Mother of God

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…so that we might receive adoption as sons (Gal.4:4).⧾ On this...

Is the Covid Sars-2 Vaccine Morally Licit? Formal and Material Co-Operation

A question for all of us, those who may see the vaccine as the prophylactic panacea to bring us back to peace and normality,...

Belloc’s Tarantella – and as Sung by Old Thunder Himself

Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the spreading Of the straw for a bedding, And the fleas...

Suffer the Little Children…

In Mark, 10, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees (“to test Him”) whether divorce is lawful. As He admits, the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy...

Finding the True Meaning of Christmas

Last week I promised to consider how we could possibly ignore all the bad and sad news and try to make this Christmas as...

Hope of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents, falling appropriately enough within the octave of Christmas, might seem a troubling commemoration at first glance.  Remembering the...