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 [...]
When I gaze upon this image, I see so much. Hidden behind the image, I see our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross, arms stretched wide, presenting us His Heart, loving. Loving, forgiving, in the midst of His agony. His heart, like the sun, beaming, warming, as Its rays touch each and every [...]
Recently I stammered here a little about the nature of the Church as a Living Organism. And I tried to draw a distinction between the Protestant emphasis on sermons and the Miracle of the Seven Sacraments: The Protestant sermon imparts beliefs. It teaches. Often very good and beautiful things. But the Organism does something else. [...]
Roger has recently posted a long piece, on the traditional nature of the Catholicity of Valentin Tomberg. This piece was written largely in response to questions and comments by a reader of the site. Having read the article, I am struck by the theme of obedience, of giving oneself over to the authority of a [...]
In dialoguing with non-Catholics in secular society, the greatest problem will frequently be complete lack of understanding. This can easily arise because – often without realising it – non-Catholics and Catholics have completely different understandings of what the Church is. For within the secular world, the idea has become prevalent that Catholicism amounts to [...]
account of the Apparition of Our Lady in the Rue du Bac Paris
Catholic Ireland, Catholic culture, the Sacraments and the black out of Catholicism in England and America.
Once long ago, I lived at the New Age community of Findhorn in northern Scotland. What to say of this Findhorn community? Well, according to a Vatican document on the New Age, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: ‘The two centres which were the initial power-houses of the New Age, and to a [...]
Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New serves to wonderfully restore symbolism and numerological correspondences to the Catholic imagination.
The astonishing story of Padre Pio moved me to tears.
Foreword 2011: We continue with my serialisation of a letter originally written in 2005 mainly (though not completely and entirely) for New Age friends – who could not comprehend how I could leave my Findhorn-New Age past behind in favour of the Catholic Church. The series is subtitled “A Still Hesitant Apologetics”, because in 2005 [...]
The relics of the Saint in the Basilica in Ars. Photo courtesy of Laifen. O St John-Marie-Baptiste Vianney! Who, what were you?! If I think back to my New Age days, I can still imagine answering such a question with words like: “Vast, cosmic, superhuman …” For words like “holy” or “saint” were not very [...]
Frequent reception of the Sacraments as the doorway to His Sacred Heart.
The first part here is a slightly edited version of a review I wrote for Amazon some years back … This book – I am incapable of thinking of it as anything other than one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. My writing of these words is very, very personal. Though I never [...]
This is a book about the 60’s. Yet it has nothing to do with civil rights, sexual liberation, LSD and other forms of chemical liberation … Nor is there anything to do with student riots, the “right” to abortion on demand, Woodstock and general revolt against the Establishment. Neither Hugh Hefner nor Martin Luther King [...]
Long years lived in the heart of the New Age including the Findhorn Community in Scotland and nobody told me of the Sacraments, of the Church …
January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to something the Holy Father had said. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the [...]
January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to the Holy Father’s words. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the World – [...]
This is a long excerpt from my upcoming self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – RB.
“They sure don’t make ‘em like this anymore!” Such I imagine might be the exclamation of many a traditional Catholic on discovering this storehouse of treasure. The storehouse of treasure in question here is a catechism of the Faith written by the English Father – later Canon – Francis Ripley in 1951. In its time, [...]
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