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Many will remember the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris two years ago as a profound moment in their lives. The symbolism was powerful: is it a sign of the death of the Faith which founded European and Western civilisation?  Jesus promised He would “cast fire on the earth,”......


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Having witnessed bloody persecution of Christians at firsthand in Iraq and Syria, it can sometimes be embarrassing to claim Christians are being persecuted in the West. Yet a growing intolerance is happening, with attacks on buildings and persons. St. Peter tells us if we are “upbraided for the name of......


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The virtue of magnanimity, “greatness of soul,” is needed more than ever. In Church and society we see much pusillanimity - cowardly timidity, the vice of the hireling and not the Good Shepherd. C.S. Lewis said lack of magnanimity produces “men without chests.” Dwelling on the good, the true and......


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The parish where I help out when I’m in England suffered a great loss this Easter. A young mother aged 28, a wonderful singer, died suddenly. Our faith in the Resurrection does not remove suffering from our lives, but transforms it. Christ’s wounds are real and the marks of His......


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As we live through the great “Fifty Days” of the Easter Season, we are filled with joy and hope. We sing alleluia constantly as an act of praise. Yet, so often, like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we fail to recognise Jesus, especially in His greatest gift,......


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