In Cana of Galilee


A caravan to heaven

This is the third in a series of articles on the charism and spirituality of the Families of Cana My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, … (Gn 33, 13-14). At the beginning of the Movement, as I was(…)

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My house, my monestery

Second article in a series on the charism and spirituality of the Movement A few years ago, on a visit to Fatima, I went to the Carmelite convent to pray Vespers with the Sisters, according to the explicit permissionn set out in their schedule. I knelt in the welcoming church as a Sister emerged from the inner convent to prepare the altar and expose the Lord. She did everything with respectful, eloquent gestures, and then returned inside out of sight. A few minutes later, the shuffle of footsteps announced the arrival of the entire community to the church choir just(…)

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The Pope in Ireland, The World Meeting of Families and the media

It’s Saturday morning. Pope Francis lands in Ireland, Niall’s native land. Niall is eager to switch on the computer. Through a live feed we can watch the Pope’s visit without filters or commentary as he goes through a day of meetings, speeches and journeys. With only the images and the sounds of the moment to see and hear, we manage to follow the visit as we do our usual household chores. Our children know that it’s a special day and only a worthy exception justifies us having a computer turned on during mealtime as we listen to the speeches of(…)

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The Blue Hour

Family holiday at Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal. At five in the morning, Frankie’s alarm clock rang. Time to get up for an early morning hike to catch the sun rising over the waters of the lake. Frankie, who is almost 20 and has a passion for photography, had always wanted to photograph what’s known as the “blue hour”, the few short moments before the sun rises that delight photographers. The price to pay was to get out of bed at an unseemly time of the morning and make the half-hour hike to the exact spot as indicated on an app(…)

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