What Easter means to me

Our experience of Easter arises from our journey through Lent. This year Lent seemed very different to me. Last year I don’t remember doing any penance. Normal life seemed hard enough. I just tried to get through the days with a modicum of dignity and self-possession. Ask my husband if I was successful – or…

Someone turned 18!

I wasn’t 100 percent mentally prepared when our girl turned one, and it was the same when she turned 18 last week. In a way, it doesn’t feel much different to have three adults in the house instead of two but it is still a milestone. A lot has happened in those years. Time is…

Reading as prayer

I’m deeply encouraged by St Teresa of Avila’s advice in her autobiography, Life, that reading a spiritual book is a good aid for mental prayer if one finds it hard to pray. Keeping a dedicated personal prayer time can sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do on a regular basis, but I…

COVID woes

As I write this I’m the only person in this house not to have had COVID. This is the third time it has visited us, our three youngest have it now. Fairly mild doses thankfully. I’m also the only member of the family who takes immunosuppressant medication, so go figure that one! I’m not keen…