Category: Spirituality

He who sings prays twice

He who sings prays twice

Up until this year, I never seriously thought about including singing in catechesis. I noticed in some of the resources we use that they recommended hymns or songs for the catechetical session, but I...

Widening the Tent Pegs of your Heart

Widening the Tent Pegs of your Heart

It is funny what life throws at you sometimes. The last week or so has seen a situation thrown at me, pretty unexpectedly, which has forced me to deepen my trust in God the...

On Not Doing Anything

On Not Doing Anything

Very sorry for the big lull, readers; for the past week, I’ve been absorbed with doing not very much. Yes, that’s right: no Internet connection, not checking your phone for days on end, with...

Happy New Yes…

Happy New Yes…

On New Year’s Day, the Youth 2000 retreat sadly (and exhaustingly!) came to an end. The four days were heavily laden with the grace and glory of God; for many, many young people it...

What makes a good catechist?

What makes a good catechist?

As spiritual reading at the moment I’m reading Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Inner Strength for Active Apostles, which was originally published in 1918 and is a classic on the spiritual life. Dom Chautard was a...

Consumerism vs Communion

Consumerism vs Communion

It goes without saying that our outlook on life is generally consumeristic, because we have been conditioned to think in this way. And for much of our life it works: which option is best...

How are we transformed in Christ?

How are we transformed in Christ?

Often we talk about how we’re called to holiness. But how does this happen? What happens to the soul to make it holy? I’ve been studying a module in prayer and spirituality. The spiritual...

Vocation: what you do with your love

Vocation: what you do with your love

I once heard someone say that your vocation is ‘what you do with your love’. If we are trying to live out God’s will day by day, we’re all living our personal vocation right...

The Gifts of the Spirit: Piety

The Gifts of the Spirit: Piety

Last weekend, almost the whole of “young Catholic London”, it seemed, was at the Theology of the Body Symposium at St Mary’s Twickenham. I hear from lots of people that it was a wonderful...