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The Lady’s Slipper(Comments Off on The Lady’s Slipper)

February 28, 2021


How was Mary, the Mother of God dressed? At her marriage to Saint Joseph, it is likely that she was dressed elegantly in a long, blue linen dress with sleeves and an underdress of fine silk, as Jewish maidens were. She did not go barefoot, although some of the apparitions might suggest this.… More

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From Small Beginnings


The Story of St Marcellin Champagnat

The teacher sat at his place in front of the class and looked around for a boy to read to him. His eye lit on a newcomer and he beckoned him to come up. Timidly, the child approached, but just as he arrived, another pupil pushed in front of him.… More

St Dymphna

The Belgian city of Geel is renowned for its care for the mentally ill. The modern psychiatric facility that the town now boasts belies the unconventional origins of this care, back in the 13th century. However, we need to go back even further to a young Irish girl who was the catalyst for the reputation Geel holds today.… More

The Way of St James: France


Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrénées, 2 September - 8 October 2019

By Fr Mark Walls SM

On the afternoon of the second day of this journey, I was sitting with the owner of a little pub in Monistrol d’Allier where I was staying, watching him peel enormous mushrooms that were the local delicacy, but which looked to me more like the stuff in New Zealand forests we were taught as kids to avoid.… More


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