Recent Reflections

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, [...]

805, 2017

In Defence of Madness – Richard Solly

In Defence of Madness - Richard Solly In 'Black Elk Speaks', Lakota holy man Black Elk laments the destruction of his people's world view, their 'dream', because it was 'a beautiful dream'. [...]

1602, 2017

Dominic Barberi, Oscar Romero and Gandhi – Martin Newell

Homily on August 28th 2016, Dominic’s Day Celebration, at the Passionist Shrine at St Anne’s and Blessed Dominic’s Church, Sutton, St Helen’s, Lancashire. ( 1st Reading: Isaiah 53:1-12 : Gospel: Matthew 16:21-16) About [...]

901, 2017

An Autobiographical Sketch – David Williams

At the age of eighteen I entered the Congregation of the Passion, a religious order founded in the north of Italy in the middle of the eighteenth century. The rule by which we lived [...]