Ludwig Wittgenstein spent several months in Ireland in 1948 as ‘he was in the habit of retreating to cold and desolate parts of Europe’ where he could think more clearly. Perhaps I was drawn to the same island for similar reasons and also because it is the land of my origins and I felt it would be a fertile place for a dose of aggiornamento of my own. I wanted too to discover what had happened to the church in which I grew. While the situation in Ireland is specific it has a profound relevance to the whole church. What is happening there and in all the ‘old’ churches will happen in one way or another in the ‘young’ ones.

Baptism Window

Did you get what you were hoping for this Christmas ? Or are you long past the stage of wanting anything in particular, just happy if you are remembered in some way, especially by those you yourself could never forget.

These quiet days after Christmas are ideal for remembering how you were indeed remembered and basking a bit in the love expressed in that remembering. The Church seems to think that way too by asking us to bask in the wonder of the EPIPHANY, a feast that brings it all home to us.

The title of this piece surely rings a bell with all readers of this blog. They are the words of one of my predecessors though he knew nothing of blogs or the Internet. A predecessor of mine? Yes, and of yours too. His name of course, is Paul of Tarsus and we do well to look on him not only as a role model or example, but as a predecessor of ours.

Or What Have They Done To The Missal?

For six months now, we have been struggling to become familiar with a new translation of the Roman Missal. Some may be wondering was it really necessary, is it what the bishops really wanted and English-speaking Catholics really needed? Only time will tell whether it was really worth all the trouble, but in coming to that judgement it must help to know something of the background.

Ulick Loring
Archetypal renewal in the Catholic Church
The founder of analytical psychology C G Jung developed the idea of archetypes. These included concepts such as the Mother figure, the Trickster and the Puer Aeternus (or the Eternal Youth.) Animus and Anima are also often regarded as archetypes. These represent the presence of the masculine in a woman, and the feminine in a man. These archetypes are aspects of humanity which Jung regarded as existing in any age or culture. Jung also recognised that as well as archetypes there were archetypal images. These are images which have become fixed in our consciousness as containing certain values for us. Thus the Catholic Church, which is part of the consciousness of millions, can be represented as an archetypal image.