A Reflection for The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Go Vegan World has conducted a vigorous media campaign in Ireland for the last three years. The campaign aims to persuade or shame people to become vegan. The focus of the campaign is on the morality, not on the health benefits or the economics of that way of living. It is delivered on huge roadside hoardings and through full-page advertisements in newspapers. The message cuts me to the quick as a farmer, and I find myself shouting back at billboards outside Elphin, Enfield and elsewhere that imply a kind of entry-level divinity for British Friesian calves, Oxford Down lambs, and Rhode Island Reds.

A Reflection for The Feast of the Holy Trinity

A group of people in southern Sierra Leone held a strong belief that something fatal would happen in their village whenever its fountain dried up. A very old man, who was also a diviner, herbalist and a blacksmith took care of the fountain. Though he was materially poor, he was highly respected. One day he fell ill suddenly, becoming too weak even to walk. An atmosphere of gloom fell over the whole village; children...

A Reflection for Pentecost Sunday

The Gospel of John tells us that the Apostles were gathered in an upper room. It was evening. Night and darkness were imminent. The doors were closed and the whole atmosphere was one of fear. Their enemies were circling. The outlook was bleak. And then the unexpected happened. Jesus stood among them. He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”