Vigil of All Saints

Vigil  is a word which comes from the Latin word meaning keep awake. Originally Vigils were kept on the day before major feasts. 1st November is All Saints Day and therefore October 31st is the Vigil of All Saints, when people would watch and pray, often by the graves...

A leaf turning God

Two of my adult children live in North Carolina. They laugh at me during the summer because it is just too hot and they are enjoying the mountain air. When we get to this time of the year and their leaves are dropping and they are searching for hats and gloves the...

An adventure with coffee

This week we celebrate the feast of St. Luke. Luke is best known as a Gospel writer but he is also the patron saint of the medical profession. He is usually thought to have been a doctor himself. I have recently been watching the first few seasons of the TV show...

Rain, rain….

I was on the beach early in the morning a couple of weeks ago when one of those Florida showers turned up. You know the sort, it poured. Everyone got very wet. What fascinates me about us human beings, is our first instinct to run back to our cars and go home. I...

The pushy pet-lover?

This week sees St. Francis Day and countless animals will be blessed around the country. St. Francis is often thought of as a peaceful nature lover. The songs we know best are “Make me a Channel of your Peace” and “All Creatures of our God and King”. Both of which...