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;...

of graves, shrouds and the Holy Grail.

Today we remember St. Joseph of Arimathea. This is not the Joseph and Mary guy but the man who, at the end of the Gospels, takes responsibility for giving Jesus’ a decent burial by purchasing a shroud and placing Jesus body in his own tomb. Like, Nicodemus, who...

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene’s name is often enough to get people to perk up their ears and pay attention. For many centuries she was the archetypal “bad girl”. But that image has been consigned to history and she is now being restored to her rightful place as one...

Work and pray

St. Benedict lived 1500 years ago but he knew the problems which people faced fitting everything into a day. There were monks and monasteries but they were often not very ordered or disciplined. Benedict came up with a system of praying seven times in a day, starting...

Uneven pillars

Peter and Paul stand like two great pillars in Christian history. Peter, the disciple to whom Jesus entrusted the care of the church, and Paul, the great evangelist who had the strength and vision to preach the Gospel to those far beyond the boundaries of Israel. They...