It’s nice to be missed

I’ve had a few people ask me what’s happened to my Catholic Weekly column. I took a break for several weeks when I was feeling overwhelmed with general life stuff, but wrote one last week which will probably be in this Sunday’s issue of May 15. It’s on gift ideas for First Holy Communicants or…

St Margaret Mary’s letters, Amoris Laetitia, and other reading

In the last month someone sent me to read the letters of St Margaret Mary Alacoque to her mother superior, novices, relatives and priests. This French 17th century nun was largely responsible for the spread of the Sacred Heart devotion. Until recently it was very common for Catholic households to have up somewhere one of…

The Insane Expectations of Married Love

From my column published recently in The Catholic Weekly. One line has really stuck with me from Pope Francis’ wonderful opening speech to the Synod on the Family which closes on this Sunday. It’s the one about the folly of the gratuitious nature of marriage. He said: “Indeed, only in the light of the folly…

Parenting fails and God’s mercy

My column published last week in The Catholic Weekly. Photo by Schlomit Wolf. I’ve had my fair share of ‘parenting fails’, as all parents probably do. I’ve left children at school until late in the afternoon, only realising I had to pick them up when they rang me from the office to ask where I…