My Advent Reflection in Newport

This evening, at five o’clock, we had a lovely hour of music and reflection for Advent in the local pub. Siobhan sang and played the harp, and Eamonn played the flute. Margaret read some poetry. Dispite the bad weather a large group turned up.

I did three periods of reflection.

The first one was very much an Advent theme;  patient waiting; trying to get in tune with the rhythms of life and nature, and so to become aware that the best and most wonderful things in life cannot be rushed or grasped at.

Another embittered cardinal threatens the Pope


The Vatican’s former doctrinal chief warns Pope Francis of a looming schism. He’s the fourth man with a red hat to raise the possibility of a major split in the Church. What’s behind this ominous threat?

Robert Mickens, Rome

December 1, 2017

Pope Francis is about to conclude his history-making visit to Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.

But just hours before he even embarked on his 21st journey abroad last Sunday, Italy’s most authoritative daily newspaper published an interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

Waiting for Christmas; Reflection, music and poetry

Since I am not allowed to do anything in a church, and because I have always loved this season of the Church’s Year (my book Waiting in Hope was very popular), I am going to a public house hall instead. I think what we are planning will be a lovely hour, and a help towards entering into the spiritual meaning of this time.

WAITING for Christmas

An Hour of Reflection, Music & Poetry
Venue:Freigh Inn, Newport, Co.

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