Tag Archives: Life and death

Impressions of a quick shopping trip

After nearly a week of being at home, we needed a few supplies from a local farm shop where they breed pigs and sell their meat. I had seen scenes of cities in France and Italy without a soul in … Continue reading

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Mass sine populo

There is quite a lot of discussion going on in various Facebook groups about what priests can do when the civil authority has forbidden all gatherings of people because of the present epidemic of coronavirus. Several years ago, I wrote … Continue reading

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Why are the Churches closed?!!!!!

Fr Jonathan Munn has written a touching reflection on his blog Pestilence and Penitence. As with our social life, people are indignant about being told to shut themselves in. There are still people in the streets in some places gathering, … Continue reading

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Teach us Delight in Simple Things

We in France have just had a stricter order to stay at home for fifteen days, which is something we are doing anyway apart from essential errands like buying something from the chemist’s shop. If we are wise, we have … Continue reading

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In Time of Epidemic

The announcement is made and France goes into Stage 3 of the anti-epidemic plan as of this night. Only food shops, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists and petrol stations can stay open. All other public places are shut. We are asked to … Continue reading

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Abortion and Hypocrisy

A friend wrote to me this morning asking for my opinion about the new law in Ireland allowing abortion. This is a difficult one to approach, being a priest in a conservative Church. Objectively, abortion involves the destruction of human … Continue reading

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Rapture?

The junk-religion merchants, especially on YouTube, are at it again. This time, they are proclaiming the end of the world and the “rapture” for 18th April, only five days from now. The Americans are rattling the sabre against the Syrians … Continue reading

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