Monthly Archives: May 2014

The leading edge

I think that the Church is going through a time of great danger. This was illustrated for me by a remark made recently by a Catholic luminary. He spoke of a “major paradigm shift” through which the Church was sloughing … Continue reading

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How do I love thee…?

In my last “alternate week” posting I wrote of a virtue we rarely consider – self esteem. I want to explore two virtues which are of great importance and closely linked. They are empathy and listening. So let’s talk on … Continue reading

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Games People Play

I used to have a secretary who was given to being late. This was a nuisance for me because I needed to review the post before my first meetings. Admittedly she had a tricky journey, but on three days out … Continue reading

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O what a good boy am I!

We are all aware that, at the heart of the Christian life, we are judged not by what we do but by want we are. The key virtues – prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance challenge us, despite their old fashioned … Continue reading

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A painful habit

I remember reading a news story about a stag night party in which the friends of the bridegroom succeeded in getting him arrested, and detained in a police cell for the night before his wedding. Guffaw – what a splendid … Continue reading

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