24th July 2014
'Mrs. Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway is not a novel of happy endings, but it is a novel that offers a measure of hope. Dennis Recio SJ thinks that you really must read this novel by Virginia Woolf, who died on 28 Mar 1941.
17th July 2014
'Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain
Simon Potter celebrates Vera Brittain’s memoir, 'Testament of Youth': 'This astonishingly moving account of a young girl’s part in World War I is such an unusual contribution to war literature.'
11th July 2014
‘Take, Lord, and receive’: Nostalgia, truthful memory and the Great War
Nathan Koblintz uses the poetry of Anglo-Welsh poet Edward Thomas to think critically about the act of remembrance.
1st July 2014
From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe
The collection as a whole expounds Teilhard de Chardin’s conviction that the world in which we live is not something static. Editor Ilia Delio has chosen her experts carefully and so we are presented with a series of wonderful essays through which we can better understand Teilhard, but the real challenge of this book is to assimilate his ideas into one’s person and practice.
17th April 2014
It may be that what Caravaggio wanted to depict in 'The Taking of Christ' is the compassion of Jesus towards Judas, whose betrayal we hear about on Tuesday and Wednesday.
28th March 2014
The virtue of eating less meat
If Lent ‘prepares the Christian to become an Easter-person’, how can abstaining from eating meat contribute to this? A reduced-meat diet can be a form of spiritual as well as physical fasting.
18th March 2014
Honey from the Lion
Dr Doug Gay, Church of Scotland minister and longtime Scottish Nationalist, tries in this book to rehabilitate nationalism in Christian eyes and propose what sort of country an independent Scotland should be.
4th March 2014
On Not Giving Up Too Easily: Thoughts for Ash Wednesday
Philip Endean reminds us that ‘this great season of grace’ is not a time for constriction: ‘Lent is only Christian if it is positive.’
3rd March 2014
‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’
The vibrant revelry of Mardi Gras in the days before Lent has dark origins, explains Oliver Rafferty SJ. What is at the root of the tension between the ‘unbridled passion of Carnival’ and ‘the seriousness and restraint of Lent?’
13th February 2014
'As Barbara Cartland says...'
Flowers, heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bears decorated with the words ‘I love you’ have been filling shops for weeks in preparation for Valentine’s Day, but do these romantic gestures carry any meaning as a declaration of real love, whatever that may be? Fiona Ellis asks whether those three little words can ever convey the reality of love in action.
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