Wednesday, 29 April 2009

St Catherine of Sienna

Don't know why I'm putting this on. It's a bit of a gut thing. Find out about her here. As yet I know nothing about her !

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Richard Rohr in Brisbane

I have just been looking at a couple of websites about Richard Rohr. I have also been blogging lately about St Mary’s Brisbane. I see the two have come together and I think Brisbane is a lucky city this year as Richard Rohr will be visiting in July presenting two series of talks
1. Men transforming Men

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Climate Change - a Catholic perspective ?

Are you concerned about climate change ? The Catholic Climate Covenant has some interesting ways in which we can contribute towards reducing the impact of our energy use. Taking the St Francis pledge is one suggested way of becoming involved as individuals, groups or parishes. Visit the Catholic coalition for Climate Change to find out some simple things we can all do as individuals or organisations.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Dorothy Day

An introduction to Dorothy Day. Hope it leads you to find out more about her.

Monday, 20 April 2009

St Mary's Brisbane - Alive in the Risen Christ

Now that I’ve watched the video of Sundays Eucharist I can see why the community have been ‘moved on.’ With those who love Christ, Christianity shines out from their community. With those who love the Church, Churchianity shines forth.

The early church fathers described their worship services by using the Greek word liturgy, which means: “the work of the people.” The “Work of the people” shines out loud and clear in this video ! So many people involved in proclaiming Christ in the Word and the Eucharist. Christ is surely taken forth into the world from this liturgy.

I’d love to see St Mary’s Eucharist next week alongside the Eucharist from St Mary’s in Exile. I hope they keep posting them on the website that can be found here.

Meanwhile the have an article about the Eucharist on the 19th April. I agree with Louise Powell when she says "What the St Mary's community preaches and does is what I think a true Christian church and community should be like." “The Australian” also has an article here.

I will continue to follow the community of St Mary's in exile with great interest. If anyone from the comunity reads this please keep me in your prayer, as I continue to keep you in mine.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

St Mary's Brisbane

I've not had time to watch the whole of this yet and only just discovered the videos from St Mary's Brisbane. This appears to be the final Eucharist in St Mary's Church with Fr Peter Kennedy. Please pray for the community as they enter ‘exile.’

St Paul once recognised that as a Pharisee he upheld the law. "As far as the law goes I was faultless." (Phil 3:6-8) He further recognises that he was a mass murderer. How could such perfect religious observance create such hateful and violent people.

The church is demanding that St Mary’s observe the law. Draw your own conclusions.

The story of today’s liturgy is that Thomas doubted. In all the Easter readings there is fall from grace and need of Christ’s love. Peter denied Christ, St Paul persecuted, all need the forgiveness and love of Christ.

Surely a lesson for all at St Mary’s, but how much more so for those who enforce the law, because they say “I see” (Jn 9:41). I wish I was a member of the community at St Mary’s. “Peace be with you !”

This video now appears to be offline

Capuchin Friary, Pantasaph, North Wales

If you ever visit Holywell in North Wales and have time to spare, you’d be negligent not to visit the Capuchin Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph.
The Parish Church has been decorated and transformed over the past 10 or so years. So too has the gardens, where the National Shrine of St Pio has been established.
There are also some lovely walks. Visit the Lourdes grotto set in the backdrop of the old quarry whose stone was used by the first brothers to build the friary.
After this follow the Stations of the Cross as they wind up the hill behind the friary and when at the top enjoy a spectacular view looking across to Liverpool.
Then lose yourself in prayer . . . .

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Richard Rohr : The New Mind

New Catholic social teaching document

Later this year, the Bishops of England and Wales plan to produce a new social teaching document. Before the document is drafted they are holding an initial consultation.

The Bishops want to produce an accessible document that is directed to an audience beyond - as well as within - the Catholic community. The document will not be exhaustive. It will seek to present clearly the essence of Catholic social teaching and also its application to some – but only some – of the issues facing our society today.

It will seek to do so in a way that makes clear that this teaching is an integral dimension of the Gospel message, which is always rooted and founded in a life of prayer. They will therefore be seeking to convey the spiritual core of the Gospel message as the foundation and orientation of everything they say.

A draft outline framework of the document can be found here as well as details of how to forward comments by the 30th April.

Friday, 17 April 2009

St Mary's Brisbane

The final few days of Fr Peter Kennedy’s tenure at St Mary’s Brisbane seem to have arrived. An article from Australia's ‘Catholic Leader,’ states. Find the article here.

Deborah Drapper

Caught a documentary about a young 13 year old girl called Deborah Drapper on BBC3 last night. She is a home schooled creationist, evangelical. I found the program rather strange . . . She has a blog at

find the other parts of the program below

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

"The pierced, disfigured Christ looks like me"

I was very moved by this article in last Friday’s Catholic Herald, based on an interview with Révérien Rurangwa. I’m not really sure what I think yet, other than his experience has something profound to say. It has something profound to say that is neither churchy, liturgical, ministerial, political or full of self interest. To even begin contemplating his story, or asking myself the question “what would I have done ?” or even just to begin trying to empathise feels like a violation of his experience.

As a result of reading the article I decided to look at the Rwandan "New Times" on line. There are further moving testimonies from genocide survivors in the "Never Again." section of the Sunday Times website. These personal testimonies of hope in the future, rather than dwelling on the despair of the past are powerful messages for our self absorbed society. It is almost beyond belief that there are people who try to deny the genocide actually happened. As English philosopher Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

3 Minute Retreat

Why not take a break with a 3 minute retreat from Loyola Press. Go on . . . you know it makes sense !

Monday, 13 April 2009

Proudly Gay and Proudly Catholic

A fascinating article in last friday's Guardian written by Martin Prendergast. It discusses issues surrounding LGBT christians and especially the "Soho Masses. Called "Proudly Gay and Proudly Catholic," it sees that "underneath the official condemnations, the Roman Catholic church is recognising the contribution that gay people can make." Read the article here.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Fr Peter Kennedy & St Mary's Brisbane update

Thought it about time I updated my posts about St Mary's Brisbane. There are two links below. One from the Catholic Leader article and an article from the Courier Mail au. Controversial priest sets up a church 'in exile' . It seems the Church isn't ready for people like Peter Kennedy. It's a good job God has a much wider embrace.

Saturday, 4 April 2009


Personal prayer was defined in the old ‘Penny Catechism’ as “the raising of the heart and mind to God.” Not a bad definition, but not brilliant either.

  • First of all it seems to suggest an orientation in relationship, namely that the person praying is in one ‘place’ and they have to raise their heart and mind to God who is in another ‘place.’ Surely, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God already lives in our mind and in our heart as well as all the other places ‘out there’.
  • By using the word ‘raising,’ it is suggesting God is ‘up’ or ‘out’ there somewhere and we have to go to God, thereby implying we have to do the work of praying. St Paul has written that “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Here God initiates prayer.
  • St Augustine said “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” A modern spiritual writer has suggested the following turn of the phrase is worth thinking about – “God’s heart is restless until it rests in you.”