Posted: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 03:59
As we approach the great feast of Christmas, it is good to remember traditions from other cultures, especially in these difficult times. We are blessed to live in a nation of so many nationalities and they remind us that our faith is not a case of 'one size fits all'; there is variety and an openness that we need to share.
In the Philippines and in Filipino communities across the world, people will... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 01:43
I have a dear friend who I always see as a 'rainbow of hope'; she is able to bring light, colour and energy with her whirlwind life, as you try to keep up. She can carry you forward and bring needed hope, especially in these dark and sad times. The rainbow comes after the storms and will bring light once more in the most colourful of ways, lighting the sky with beauty.
In the popular film, 'The Wizard... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 18:12
We are presented today with the aftermath of the Annunciation in Luke's gospel. Like John the Baptist, Mary chooses not to bask in the limelight of being God's chosen. She does not spend time with Joseph picking out crib designs or knitting blue boots for the impending arrival. On hearing that Elizabeth is in need of support, 'Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea' (Lk... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 04 Dec 2021 14:30
A favourite title to honour Jesus is as the 'Prince of Peace', and today we light our second Advent candle praying for the gift of peace. While we do not live in a war-torn land here in Britain, we have been all too aware of the threat of terrorism—we have seen lives destroyed and lost due to ideology and bombs, very often masked by some religious cause. However, we have shared in a global pandemic... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:15
May I wish you a very happy new year! The First Sunday of Advent marks the start of the new Church year, and this year our gospel of focus will be Luke. Scholars agree that This evangelist was Greek, probably from Antioch. He is a key figure in the canon of the New Testament, as both this gospel and the Acts of the Apostles are ascribed to him. Tradition has it that he was a medic and an artist, with... Read More »