Category Archives: Catholic

Jesus, remember me

Hidden away in the list of saints commemorated on March 25th is the name ‘St Dismas, the Good Thief.’ Poor Dismas, the name usually given to thief crucified with Our Lord,  is especially forgotten on the day as it is … Continue reading

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Christus Rex

The representation of the tortured, wounded, body of Christ on the Cross has become a central sign and symbol in many Churches. This crucifix is often centrally displayed as a focus for devotion and prayer. In fact it was only … Continue reading

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Our dreams, sweet dreams?

Have you dreamed lately? What do you think about your dreams? For centuries in the ‘West’ most people have ignored dreams and simply dismissed them as absurd. In many other cultures people have regarded dreams more significantly. My own experience … Continue reading

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The Heart in Pilgrimage

“Can you recommend a good book of prayers?” I’ve been asked this by a farmer in Teesdale, a long term prisoner, an asylum seeker from the Middle East and a University student, and many more people during my ministry. Of … Continue reading

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White Lent: Now quit your care

Lent is often a time of paradox. On Ash Wednesday we hear the words of Jesus Christ calling us not to be like hypocrites who “disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting” then we mark our foreheads with … Continue reading

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Why Ash?

Ash Wednesday– most of us have heard the name, and many of us know the tradition of a priest “imposing” or putting ash on people’s foreheads.  Why do we do it? Fr Chris continues our series about why we do … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Homelessness Week

Fr Chris offers this reflection for Homelessness week (18-25 February) During this last week I was struck by the story of a woman who is now homeless on the streets of Manchester – some may have glimpsed the story on television. … Continue reading

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