Thursday, 27 December 2012

Centering Prayer - What should you do?

Mark Cogitates Centering Prayer

Recently in The Southern Cross a letter to the editor was published entitled “Quiet Time For The Eucharist”.  The letter writer explains the difficulty that individuals, such as the organist, who are engaged in assisting during Mass in some way, have with finding a moment for ‘quiet time’ during Mass. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Pope Made History Today

@Pontifex - Pope Benedict XVI Twitter

Today was an important day in history and it was not because of the phenomenon of the date and time being 12/12/12 12:12:12, which everyone has been raving about on Facebook and Twitter.  See my post about it HERE.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Sensus Fidelium - NCR Is Clueless

National Catholic Reporter Clueless About Sensus Fidelium

Recently that falsely branded newspaper, the National Catholic Reporter, had the audacity to call on the Church to correct its “unjust teaching” on the subject of the ordination of women.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Catholic Newspapers – Beware The Trojan Horses?

What exactly is the purpose of a ‘Catholic’ newspaper?  Why should it be specifically referred to as a ‘Catholic’ newspaper?  Why may it be sold inside of our churches when other newspapers are not permitted to do so?  Why should Catholics be specifically encouraged by priests and others during Mass to buy the ‘Catholic’ newspaper?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Bourgeois: They Got Him - Really?

Roy Bourgeois

I read with amusement the title of a column by Tom Roberts, editor at large of the National Catholic Reporter, entitled “Roy Bourgeois: They finally got him”.  Now I ask you, does anyone today seriously believe that the Church hierarchy sits around all day gleefully rubbing their hands and scheming about ways in which they can bring down fellow clergy?  That’s just bizarre!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

We Need Courageous Catholic Press

Savita Halappanavar

I wrote in mid November 2012 about the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar.  I made the point that the pro-abortion groups were being completely unreasonable in jumping to a conclusion that an abortion would have saved this woman’s life.  I stated that there was simply no evidence to support this conclusion and it would therefore be wise for all parties to wait for the outcome of the investigations into the matter.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Joins Twitter

@pontifex - Pope Benedict XVI Twitter Profile

So Pope Benedict XVI now has his own Twitter account: @Pontifex.  Pope Benedict XVI will begin tweeting in six different languages starting from the 12th of December 2012.  The pope chose “Pontifex” as his Twitter handle because it means pope in Latin as well as ‘bridge-builder’.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Third Edition of the Roman Missal: One Year Later

I read with interest and great pleasure the results of a survey that was conducted by the ‘Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate’ (CARA) in September 2012 regarding the new English Translation of the Missal.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Another reason to believe

African Emperor Moth

Sir Isaac had an accomplished artisan fashion for him a small scale model of our solar system, which was to be put in a room in Newton’s home when completed. The assignment was finished and installed on a large table. 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Was God Speaking To The Church of England?

Archbishop of Canterbury
AP: Church of England: Vote Needs Explanation

I have been watching the matter of the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England with interest.  There are two main reasons.  I am a convert to Catholicism from the Anglican Communion and therefore what happens in the Anglican Communion always remains of interest to me.  Secondly, I find this current situation in which the Church of England finds itself regarding the ordination of women bishops a little strange. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Dip In The Pool

What could be better than a dip in the pool on a hot summer day?  This Southern Masked Weaver certainly thought so.  Look at the enthusiasm with which he really gets into it.  Isn’t nature great?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Marikana: Cardinal Napier Asks What We Can Learn

Cardinal Napier asks what we can learn from the Marikana tragedy here . . .

A Nice Email From Opus Dei

Opus Dei

I came across an email from a priest of Opus Dei to one of the bloggers who I follow.  In light of the high rates of unemployment in our and other countries, it is an inspirational email, well worth reading.  Fr. Hayward writes in his email that those who are unable to find employment obviously despair at the situation and they can be likened to those who suffer from severe illness.  Read more »

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Abortion Not Health Treatment

The news of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar has attracted a great deal of media attention.  Pro-abortion groups, supported by secular media, have already stated, despite the fact that the investigation into her death is still to be concluded, that her death could have been avoided had she been permitted an abortion.  How do they know this for a fact, I wonder?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Proof God Exists

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.”[i]

Congratulatory Warning

Bishop Hilarion

I found, on “The American Catholic” Blog, a copy of the letter of congratulations that Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, wrote to the Right Reverend Justin Welby, the nominated Archbishop of Canterbury of the Church of England.

Friday, 16 November 2012

£14,000 Politeness Penalty

Want to hear some really daft news.  Consider this.  Last year in February Adrian Smith stated, on his personal Facebook page, that the UK government’s plan to pass a law to permit gay marriages in a church was “an equality too far”.  This was Adrian Smith’s personal opinion and I am sure that you will agree he is perfectly entitled to his opinion.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


It all began with an iPhone ... 

Clerical Dress

A matter that I often cogitate is why a priest does not wear clerical dress in public, outside of his church.  I accept that there are occasions when it is impractical to be dressed in a cassock or to wear a shirt with a clerical collar.  I even accept that the priest has every right to moments when he just does not want to dress in that way, such as at personal social events.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Stop Discrimination Against Catholics

DSTv continues to blatantly ignore Catholics and has not responded to requests to include EWTN, a Catholic television network, in its choice of channels for its viewers.  Muslims have a television channel on DSTv.  Non-Catholic Christian denominations have more than one channel on DSTv.  Yet Catholics, despite numerous requests, still have nothing.  We must however not lose hope and must keep trying.  Please help us in this cause by going here.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Church - Divorce - Compassion

This week’s editorial in The Southern Cross focused on the Church’s teaching regarding divorce.  In particular it focused on the Church’s teaching that individuals who have remarried, without their first marriage being annulled, are no longer able to receive Holy Communion and sacramental absolution.  The editorial is entitled “Barred From Communion”.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Queen's Message To USA

I am not sure who the author of this is.  It was sent to me by a friend.  It had me in stitches and so I thought it was worth sharing.  Any overly sensitive readers from the US who have no sense of humour should not read any further …