December 17, 2017

Confessions of an Older Brother

Okay, so I’m an older sister, not an older brother, but that guy in the parable?  I know exactly where he’s coming from.  The Pharisee and the Publican?  Here, admire the tzitzit on my prayer shawl!  In another context, I’ve referred to channelling my inner Saruman, but the fact remains, I like law and order […]

St Bridget And The Groundhog

In the United States, the 2nd of February is Groundhog Day. And while it is a great day of rejoicing, especially if it is a cloudy day and Mr. Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. On the liturgical calendar, however, it is Candlemas (the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, the Presentation in the Temple […]

Right Hand and Left Hand: Meeting both Material and Spiritual Needs

This is the last of a three-part series Martha began this morning looking at the relationship between justice and charity and mercy, and how our actions in these ways affect our salvation. So far she has been challenging and encouraging as only Martha can be. Let’s read together and see how she concludes this topic. […]

Quotes From The Fathers On Mercy That Might Enlighten—Or Offend—You

This is part two of a three part essay from Martha of Ireland exploring how love, justice and mercy all tie in to our salvation. Let’s take a look at what some Church Fathers had to say on the topic, and if we remember that justice, as well as charity, is also the foundation of […]

How To Earn Your Salvation in 14 E-Z Steps!

We are going to do something we don’t normally do here today. We’re going to feature a three-part essay. Martha of Ireland has written another brilliant piece, but it needs to be chewed slowly. Part two will run around noon Eastern today, while part three will show up around four this afternoon. Dig in! Salvation-based, […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Okay, I’m late with this, but on the other hand, as I’m sitting here gorged on turkey and ham and Brussels sprouts and carrots and parsnips and roast potatoes and bread sauce and gravy and mince pies and prosecco and sherry trifle and Butlers’ chocolates collection and shortbread and Bailey’s Irish Cream, you’re lucky to […]

Bride Of Top Ten Things People Hate About The Catholic Church

Welcome back for another go at telling me what you think is wrong with the Catholic Church. This is the second half of my top ten list of reasons I have heard or read or, maybe on the rare occasion, voiced myself about the Church. March on, dear reader, and give me your best shot. […]

Top Ten Things People Hate About the Catholic Church

Top Ten Things People Hate About the Catholic Church, or, “I’ve suffered for my art, now it’s your turn”.  Oops, sorry!  Wrong quote! shuffles through notes “Rum, sodomy and the lash”?  That’s the British Navy.  Or a cracking album by the Pogues.  Still not quite there. rustle of papers Ah, here we are!  “Rum, Romanism and […]

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding In The Temple

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.  His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be […]

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: the Presentation in the Temple

“And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)  and to offer a sacrifice […]