Meet the atheist scientist who believes in miracles

Miracle-expert Dr Jacalyn Duffin doesn’t sound like an atheist when she talks about the mysterious benefit of prayer and the witness of a saintly life. She says miracles happen, and are genuine wonders upon which only believers can shed some light. Her position has garnered attention all over the world – and controversy among the…

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…

Will the internet give us future saints?

I think I came across this quote on Facebook a few days ago, attributed to St Bernard of Clairvaux: A saint is not someone who never sins, but  one who sins less and less frequently and gets up more and more quickly. I just find this comment so consoling. Definitely a balm on a very sore spot of mine and…

Love, freedom, and the universal call to holiness

From last week’s column in the Catholic Weekly:   “Very often we feel restricted in our situations, our families, or our surroundings. But maybe the real problem lies elsewhere: in our hearts. There we are restricted, and that is the root of our lack of freedom. If we loved more, love would give our lives…