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Counting ‘The Twelve’

Jesus had numerous disciples; some of them known to us, most of them lost to history but not to the mind of God. From among those disciples (literally, “learners,” or […]

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The Eucharist at the heart of the faith

In early Christian mystical theology, drawing on the Platonic tradition, there was an aphorism commonly used by spiritual writers: “you become the object of your contemplation.” That is, whatever we […]

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On orthodoxy

Orthodoxy is a multivalent term. It can refer in a more restricted or special sense to our brothers and sisters in the Eastern churches, and is often associated with particular […]

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On ‘Spirituality’

“Spirituality” or being “spiritual” means nothing more, but also nothing less, than being animated and guided by the Spirit of the Lord that is received at baptism. This is what […]

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The value – and necessity – of petitionary prayer

In the 10th chapter of St Mark’s Gospel, Jesus encounters a blind man called Bartimaeus who sat begging at the roadside. Jesus asks him “What do you want me to […]