What St Teresa of Avila and Jamie Oliver have in common

I’ve been following lately an excellent informal book study on the Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila run by author Connie Rossini on her blog Contemplative Homeschool. St Teresa is a Doctor of the Church because of her teachings on prayer and the spiritual life. Next year, 2015, will be the 5th centenary celebration (500th anniversary) of…

Thank you Elisabeth Leseur

As All Saints day approaches, here’s something I wrote about a woman who (while not officially a saint) helped me a lot about five years ago – although she died 100 years ago. I was in the city for a meeting recently and when it was finished I used the opportunity to visit St Patrick’s at…

Return of the scapular!

It sounds a little bit like a B-grade horror movie doesn’t? Instead of this innocuous thing: One day maybe I’ll write an article about the history, spiritual significance, and practice of the wearing of a scapular. I can’t quite face that right now. Instead, let’s just say that it is a form of silent prayer and a very beautiful…

On walking some new paths

Hi, I haven’t dropped in here just to chat for a while. I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks thinking, planning, and working on a couple of projects partly as a result of my attendance at the Catholic Digital Media Conference. That experience really gave me the impetus to begin working towards some things I’ve had in mind for…