Life, if it is to be bearable, must be filled with love. By the grace of God, I have been given great loves in my life: Love of my Lord, love of family and love of my religion. But alongside these greatest loves, my life has brought me still further loves, as well. There [...]
Today, we continue with further manuscript extracts regarding Catholic Ireland from my upcoming book. Last time, I spoke of how, as an American who came to live in the West of Ireland in 2004, I was astonished by the Catholic culture I discovered there. This was true, even while that Catholic culture had [...]
Here I am now in Ireland. A new home, in a new country. I am bewildered by the move, but very happy in my heart and in my soul. I have moved from my homeland, England – which has not felt like home for a long time. I was brought up by atheist parents, [...]
Last time, I promised to post extracts regarding Catholic Ireland from my upcoming book. Now, posting extracts like this is tricky. A lot of context must usually be sacrificed. And so, before launching into Catholic Ireland itself, I provide a little context from the book. We start with a little consideration of both [...]
This weblog has been exceptionally personal of late – a little too personal, I feel. Nonetheless, I want to make at least one further exception at this time. Re-entering Ireland has been rocky, due to certain personal troubles. Yet re-entering Ireland has also brought very, very deep joy to our hearts, my family and [...]
Let me start with another little personal notice … That notice is to say this website will be interrupted again perhaps three or four weeks while Kim, myself and our daughter relocate from Liverpool to Ireland. For myself, it will be a profound joy to be living, once again, not only in my [...]
Some fairly personal notices for the moment. Around Advent last year, weblog entries here abruptly ceased, without explanation. What explanation there is for that fact lies in a crisis in Kim’s and my immediate family which I will say little of here. (Although I will note that while things remain very personally difficult, I [...]
The Chapel of the Apparitions, Paray-le-Monial. Last week, we offered extracts from my upcoming book regarding the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This week we simply follow with another extract continuing from before: There are many aspects of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, but I should like now to focus on the simple fact [...]
Recently, I have been musing here again about Catholic Ireland. Catholic Ireland, to whom I owe so very much. Catholic Ireland, which gave me such a shocking antipode to my native Anglo-American culture. Catholic Ireland, which now seems to be ever more dissolved in Anglo-American culture. But when I lived in Ireland, one could still [...]
Catholic Ireland, Catholic culture, the Sacraments and the black out of Catholicism in England and America.
Ireland, O Ireland! Here is a fine book about Catholic Ireland, the Catholic Faith and Christendom – from Timothy T. O’Donnell of Christendom College.
Hello again Friends, Known and Unknown, This weblog starts up again … after months of winter. And although most of the time, I resist the temptation to very personal and informal writing at this blog – I’ll make an exception here. (Note the contractions I wouldn’t normally use). Many personal events have sharpened my awareness [...]
From the opening to Dennis Sewell’s Catholics: Britain’s Largest Minority: “When I was sent away to the Jesuits at the age of eight, my paternal grandmother plotted to have me abducted. Family legend has it that her co-conspirator was Great Aunt Mary, a strict Presbyterian with a booming voice and a developed propensity to meddle. [...]
Personal Webburst: I thought my book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum was basically finished long ago. But how much checking, re-checking, thinking, re-thinking still seems necessary. Before one sends out the major statement of one’s life, significant moral enquiry is obviously needed too. I hope it will not be too much longer. In all of this, I [...]
This is a long excerpt from my upcoming self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – RB.
Travelling through the Vendée, one finds a different France: the France of the Counter Revolution in honour of the Sacred Heart.
Very personal fragments, whilst I travel through the wilderness: Eucharistic Adoration in a French PARISH Church! Everyweekday in a French Church! Such a rare thing. Such a very, very rare thing. I sit in the silence before the Blessed Sacrament and the importance of this seems to impress itself powerfully on my soul. In Ireland, [...]
Fragments of a soul in France. Pieces, just pieces. The italics are meant to convey their fragmentary nature: The Battle … the Battle is still not lost in Ireland. Yet. There, the suppression is not as fierce – yet – as the fearsome French Republic. That Third French Republic in particular, which expropriated all the [...]
Today I thought I would simply put up a little more from the draft of my upcoming book: Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Materialism and the New Age to the Catholic Mystery. The book is not principally autobiography – though it contains autobiographical elements. The following passage refers to my slow exit from the New Age [...]
Referring to his Irish Catholic upbringing, avowed atheist Bob Geldof KBE has said: “Intellectually I resisted, but though logic stripped away the cant and ceremony, I still could not rid myself of the voodoo.” Oddly enough, here I think, is testimony to a concept, which I share with Bob Geldof. It is a concept, once [...]