Recent Reflections

910, 2018

An Icon from the Margins

‘Walton’ St Paul of the Cross: An Icon from the Margins 9th October 2018 It is said that “icons” should be “read” and “prayed”.  They are more than simple pictures to be viewed.  The story [...]

1007, 2018

The Value of Faith and Doubt

The Value of Faith and Doubt 10th July 2018 Passionists work in often challenging and even isolated pastoral contexts – gathering together to pray and share can be a life-giving source of inspiration.  And so [...]

404, 2018

Forgetting and remembering the parenthood of God – John Thornhill

Recently I was on a flight, sitting in a row of seats with two new parents and their baby boy. He was about four months old and this was his first flight. Naturally, his parents [...]

404, 2018

On Good Friday – Nicholas Postlethwaite

Someone asks: “Why do we call today GOOD Friday rather than bad Friday…? Two thoughts occur…... I am struck re-reading John’s account of the Passion with the simple starkness of the reply of Jesus to Pilate [...]

603, 2018

Why I do what I do – Richard Solly

I am sometimes asked whether I, or the organisation I work for, have a theory of change. I usually answer that I do not know what one is. I am more attracted by the language [...]

1201, 2018

Emmanuel ‘God is with us’ – John Thornhill

John Thornhill (Passionist Worker) In a very tender and intimate way, the story of Christmas describes an extraordinary feature of Christian belief: the ‘self-emptying’ of the divine nature by Christ in the Incarnation. The writer [...]

609, 2017

Austin Smith and Princess Diana – Nicholas Postlethwaite

In a recent article in The Tablet, journalist Catherine Pepinster suggested that the  nation’s mourning for Princess Diana may demonstrate atavistic catholic symbolism buried deep in our UK history. Whether true or not, Diana herself, [...]

3008, 2017

Near or Far Away: Discovering God – John Thornhill

In an episode, aptly entitled “Hell” of the cult Irish TV series “Father Ted”; Ted and his curate Dougal are enduring a dismal rain-soaked holiday together in a tiny, cramped caravan. To ease the boredom [...]

2308, 2017

Still Here After All These Years: a Homily – Martin Newell

Homily on 50th Anniversary and 20th Birthday In my last year at Seminary, I was in the staff room getting the key for the photocopy room, when a former staff member walked in. [...]

805, 2017

Between the Cross and the Resurrection – John Sherrington

Between the Cross and the Resurrection - John Sherrington To all intents and purposes, by that ninth hour of that Friday before the feast of Passover began, the Jerusalem hierarchy and oligarchy, [...]