Daily Prayers

Prayer is Love, I want to Love

Fr Johns Weekly:

  • Creation And Sin; Guidance And Mercy

    The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible. Chapter one is a poem in which the author imagines God as a working man, working for six days and then taking a day of rest. God’s final act on the evening of the sixth day is to create human beings in “our own…

  • Documents of Vatican II

    A book which summarises the sixteen documents of Vatican II. The excitement of those days flowed for me again as I was reading and writing. I revisited the press conferences, heard the issues debated in lectures at the Lateran University and…

  • How I Occupy My Time

    Every day I am grateful God has extended my life, by three years now, and I long to fulfil three promises: (1) to my friend, Prof. Gerry Potter, to speak about Salvestrol on his behalf and that of his family; (2) to share his concern for the poor of the world to benefit from Salvestrol…

  • The Human Trinity

    Each of us is the third person of the human trinity. We know that two other people have been involved, however that happened. The life of the third person, the child, confers a new title on those two others. Until the conception of the child they were man and woman, husband and wife, partners, surrogates,…

  • Boys And Girls

    Dear Girls and Boys, You are living in the best time of history the world has ever known and you must help the grown-ups to understand. You know how you can talk and send messages to family and friends in any part of the world. You will keep on learning in ways many grown-ups will…

  • The Greatest Suffering, Dementia & Alzheimers

    I have been in hospital chaplaincy for eight years in south Wales, six years in East Anglia, twelve years in Leicester. The greatest suffering I have seen over those many years is Dementia/Alzheimer’s (D/A), the burden borne by loving families and carers. The terrible switches in mood, the confused vicious and spiteful words of those…

  • Church And Church Attendance

    Church and school were only a few hundred yards from my home and I tried to go to mass every morning when I was a teenager. I loved the silence. Some people read from prayer books, others said the rosary, others simply knelt there. A community of separated prayer – but a community. We knew…

  • Ukraine Invasion By Putin of Russia (3)

    If we see Zelensky and Putin embrace what will you think? So much hatred there has been, so much suffering and death, and unhappiness will dominate the lives of millions. And those two embrace? Would you feel glad or angry? Have you been praying for peace or for victory? If the two leaders embrace it…

  • Church, Community And Parish

    Church is a community of people and the name given to the place where they gather. Parish is a territory, established by Church law regularly called Canon law. We are free to attend any church, feeling part of the community wherever we go; but we are required by Church law to be registered in a…

  • Easter Prayer And Joy

    Thank you to all who made possible our celebrations during Holy Week and Easter. The changing decor of the church reflected the themes of each service, which were reverently attended and served by our liturgical teams – sacristans, stewards, readers, ministers of the Eucharist, musicians and singers, the Maundy Thursday offertory procession. Thank you to…

  • Black Jesus

    Pax Christi (Peace of Christ) thank us for our support at St Joseph’s and St Paul’s schools. We have just ordered another 10,000 of the Black Jesus Window prayer cards in Birmingham, Alabama, with the message of reconciliation and love. People locally and from around the country are asking us to send them packs. Each…

  • Windsor Framework

    I was disappointed as I listened to Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen presenting their vision for Northern Ireland: how fortunate the North for having such a privileged economic position, we were told. Northern Ireland is not an economic question, it is an emotional one. The DUP will not accept this offer. They want…