Holy Family


A homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, 2015

Well, I hope everyone is holding up.   The last few days have been…. challenging.  God knows.   Special prayers today for all you parents and children, aunts, uncles, husbands, wives.   You’ve all been doing something amazing –   spending lots of time together. Continue reading Holy Family


Thomas Merton, d. 10 Dec 1968


The Welsh Connection

“But the best that is in us seems  to come from her Welsh mother… This is where our faces come from, the face that father had, that I have… It is the Welsh in me that counts: that is what does the strange things, and writes the books, and drives me into the woods.   Thank God for the Welsh in me ”

Merton,  Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander.   p 200-1, 

You’re welcome ; )

On Fourth and Walnut

That God blazes with Love….

‘In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the centre of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the realisation that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.  It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness.   The whole illusion of a separate holy existence is a dream….

‘they are all walking around, blazing like the sun’

‘As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are.   And if only everybody could realize this!  But it cannot be explained.   There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around, shining like the sun’

Conjectures, p. 156-7