New Year’s resolution!

My column in last week’s Catholic Weekly. Click here for more like it. One day in the week before Christmas I decide to get back to praying Morning Prayer from the Divine Office. I go to a quiet room, pull up the Universalis website on my computer and get two verses into the invitatory psalm…

What Mother Teresa taught me about sowing world peace

As the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta approaches I’m reminded of one of her oft-repeated themes; the need for peace in the home. She said, often, that world peace begins within the family, that home is where we sow peace, and that love begins not with the doing of great charitable works in…

How to be happy when life feels like an endurance test

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that God loves a cheerful giver. And I give myself over and over each day with these little ones given to me, but often not cheerfully. How am I to do it? Get through each day simply and cheerfully like she did? Yes she prayed, yes she was at daily Mass, but…