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…

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…

Mary and mindfulness

I hoped to get to our parish church at 3am today to join in with the Pope’s consecration to Mary of Ukraine, Russia and all humanity. But the flesh was too weak after picking one daughter up from work and then another from the train station at 11pm. I’m not that old yet, but it…

Wisdom from St Teresa of Avila

We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that the manner in which He is present is different for those who pray. So said Teresa Cepeda y Ahumada, a most extraordinary 16th century Spanish woman. We know her as St Teresa of Avila or St Teresa of Jesus, the founder…