Why you should attend a Chrism Mass at least once in your life

I was struck by all the people, some still to be born, who would experience the anointing with oil over the coming year Yesterday evening I went to the Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral. Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which… Continue reading Why you should attend a Chrism Mass at least once in your life

As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk show, divorce isn’t always inevitable when a marriage breaks down

Perhaps the Duke and Duchess could share their experience of how they refounded their marriage with struggling couples The British press like nothing better than reporting matrimonial disasters. Readers will remember the lamentable saga of the “War of the Waleses”, as well as the sad case of the divorce of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather… Continue reading As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk show, divorce isn’t always inevitable when a marriage breaks down

On the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman raise a glass to Pius X

We must not forget the anti-modernists who saved Newman’s reputation St Pius X, a pope not normally known for his humour, once wrote of Cardinal Newman: ‘Truly, there is something about such a large quantity of work and his long hours of labour lasting far into the night that seems foreign to the usual way… Continue reading On the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman raise a glass to Pius X