The Reliquary Casket of St Thomas of Canterbury

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When Jesus gives Himself to us, He desires and deserves to mature every fibre of our being. Because the life of faith comes from God, its genuine motivations cannot be suppressed, and will be expressed (Luke 19:40). The wonder of what He has revealed to us overflows within – in time we find it’s ‘in our bones’, and must be spoken.

Preferably such speech is sensitive and accepted, but if you have to speak ‘out of season’ (2 Timothy 4:2), and don’t retract, you may be derided as an awkward pain in the neck, or worse. In older English, people might have said you were “cussed” (as perhaps was Thomas a Becket when King Henry II had heard enough from him).

The purpose of this blog is to provide a contemporary reading of the ‘signs of the times’ (Matthew 16:3), seen from the perspective of Roman Catholics in England. In so doing to provide a corrective view:

  • to the calls for change in church teaching, and
  • to the undermining of the significance of that teaching in its application to the realities of life.

This is so that the Good News of:

  • God’s revealed design for people, and
  • our life-changing salvation by His precious sacrifice,

are not lost from the hearing of people in our day.

The authors here accept that to witness to these truths in an open way, is part of every Christian’s prophetic role (CCC1546 & Ezekiel 33:6). However they also recognise that the proper scope for this type of public witness has a certain order:

  • first our Catholic pastors: the ordained ministers of the Word should anchor us in Truth with contemporary expression of timeless realities, particularly in application to the challenges of the day,
  • secondly the Catholic press, should provide support so this initiative is more widely accessible, and
  • thirdly, both ordinary Catholics and those who hold the public eye or ear, have to live out the Christian life and communicate their informed understanding and hope to others.

It is with reluctance that the authors of this blog find they have to take the place of those ahead of them in this order – now that so many clergy openly explore alternative ideas that would make Jesus’ ‘straight and narrow’ path into a wide and easy road that leads to misery (2 Timothy 4:3 / Mat 7:13-15).

The authors have all learned certain truths from the Church and deepened their understanding of those in their own life’s walk. They draw on these to post articles here, however any ultimate check for what is said can only be found in the established authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church.

If you have an article to contribute (that meets the above purpose), please get in touch. The domain owner and creators of this blog (in that order) reserve authority over the publishing and maintenance of all content on this blog.

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Christianity that won’t stay quiet!

The main picture is a detail of a reliquary which once contained the relics of Thomas à Becket. It's now in the British Museum in London.

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