James the Just

How would you describe yourself in one word? Andy the Adventurous, Roberta the realtor, Maxine the movie-maker? James is known as “Just”  – this does not seem like a bad epitaph. He is described as a “brother of the Lord” – whether...

Healer and teacher

We can never be certain, but the tradition is that St. Luke, the same Luke who wrote the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, was a doctor. He seems to pay a lot of attention to details of illnesses in his writing and has become associated with healing and medicine....

God’s little butterfly

St Teresa of Avila lived in Spain in the 16th Century. She often referred to herself as a butterfly, he attention would spring from place to place, and this frustrated her. Despite her own self-deprecation she lived an extraordinary life. She wrote several books and...

St Matthew

A few years ago I was meeting people at a Church. This usually goes pretty well but on this day when I asked one lady what she did for a living she said she worked for the tax office and then looked at me in a way which I interpreted as “Just do not say anything...

Bart or Nate?

This week we are thinking about St. Bartholomew. He is a difficult Apostle to write about because we really do not know a whole lot about him. Many scholars would say that Bartholomew is the same person as Nathaniel, who appears in John’s Gospel. Bart or Nate;...