Female beauty and St Thérèse’s Unpetalled Rose

I can’t help proceeding with caution when it comes to letting any of our kids spend a great deal of time, effort, and mental space on their appearance, or other people’s. We live in a world where it is practically considered morally unacceptable to not be physically attractive according to narrowly-defined standards of physical beauty….

Need to rest?

Simcha Fisher writes in The Catholic Weekly this week, about the need to take breaks to stay in a good emotional and mental place. Resting, she says is, “completely necessary to our well-being, and to our ability to keep on working. Observing the Sabbath is actually one of the commandments – one that busy, modern people of…

A friend in the ‘sister’ of St Therese

The canonisation of St Elizabeth of the Trinity recently was pretty special for our family. We have a social butterfly, piano-playing, fun-loving, sweet and prayerful girl in our family who is very happy to have a namesake in one of the Church’s newest saints. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880), Elizabeth Catez, was born in…

Doubts and growth in prayer and life

A few months ago, speaking with a friend, I tried to explain my sense of loss of intellectual conviction about the most important beliefs that have so far underpinned my life and identity. At a deep level I seemed to be truly fed by the rituals of Catholic faith, it’s tradition, its people and the…