24th Sunday in Ordinary time

‘Did I do something wrong?’ or ‘What did I do wrong?’ are quite common question many Christian parents of adult children ask themselves, when they see that their offspring have drifted away from the church and faith. ‘I took them to church every Sunday, we kept Christian traditions in our home, they had their sacraments...‘…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary time

Shamelessly and with absolute certainty I can say that I am my mother's favourite son. Or even more, I'm her favourite child. How can I make such a boastful claim? It's simple: I'm her only child. 'That's why he's such a spoilt brat' - you might think, and rightly so. But there's a disadvantage to…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

North of Inverness, near Muir of Ord, there’s an old castle, lovingly restored in recent years by its new owners. It’s very fortunate that they allow the Dominican Sisters of Elgin and myself to use the castle for running retreats, so every now and then I spend a weekend there. Part of the attraction and…

20th Sunday in Ordinary time

The ‘B’ word - highly charged and in some quarters highly divisive. It’s virtually unavoidable unless you live under a rock. Of course, I’m talking about the term, coined a few years back, describing the political divorce of the UK and EU. Shortly after the 2016 referendum I chatted with a couple of my local…

18th Sunday in Ordinary time

The quickest way to lose friends is by lending them money. The quickest way to lose more friends is by attempting to mediate between the lenders and the borrowers. People fall out over many things, but money or wealth are among the most common and long-lasting. That’s why Jesus - asked in today’s gospel to…