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Catholic News offers news, interviews and reflections from a diverse range of people - lay people, religious and clergy - involved on the front line of the Catholic Church's work. Produced by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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Catholic News offers news, interviews and reflections from a diverse range of people - lay people, religious and clergy - involved on the front line of the Catholic Church's work. Produced by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

    Epiphany: Following the stellar arrangements

    Epiphany: Following the stellar arrangements

    We're into the new year and it's well worth remembering that Christmas doesn't end on Boxing Day as everyone looks to move on rather too quickly.
    Canon Christopher Thomas concludes our series of six Advent and Christmas reflections by looking at what is revealed to us at the great Feast of the Epiphany - namely God incarnate as Jesus Christ, dwelling among us.
    Of course the magi - the wise men - come into focus but also the star that leads the way: "In its shining - the star calls to all people 'Here is your king - the child to save you from your sins'."
    Let's celebrate that "He is God with us, He is the light of the world" and bear in mind that the Christmas season continues for a full 40 days - right up to the 'Presentation of Jesus at the Temple'.

    • 5 min
    Christmas: How silently the wondrous gift is given

    Christmas: How silently the wondrous gift is given

    As Advent - the great season of anticipation and preparation - draws to a close we arrive at the crib to celebrate Christ among us - the Word made flesh. Canon Christopher Thomas offers us a thought-provoking Christmas reflection.
    Silence lies at the heart of the ultimate Christmas gift, yet to speak of silence means to destroy it - to take away the peace.

    • 5 min
    Advent: Trust in God and each other

    Advent: Trust in God and each other

    Trust is in relatively short supply these days. As we arrive at the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, we look at the extraordinary bonds of trust we see in the Nativity story. Joseph trusted Mary, Mary trusted God - both turned away from the judgements of society.

    • 5 min
    Advent: How well do we know Jesus?

    Advent: How well do we know Jesus?

    For the Third Sunday of Advent Peter and John The Baptist come into focus for Canon Christopher Thomas in his Advent reflection. Peter's confidence and John's doubts stem from the extent to which they 'know' Jesus.
    Jesus is the one we come to worship - week in, week out. We have great tools for this - the generations of Catholics who have gone before us, the lives of the saints, our history as the Catholics of England. Above all we have the Holy Scriptures and prayer.

    • 5 min
    Advent: As Christians we are heaven's exiles

    Advent: As Christians we are heaven's exiles

    For Advent 2019, as the Church enters a new year, we're bringing you four seasonal reflections from Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Second Sunday of Advent.

    • 4 min
    Advent: Seeking God in your own high places

    Advent: Seeking God in your own high places

    For Advent 2019, as the Church enters a new year, we're bringing you four seasonal reflections from Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. First Sunday of Advent.

    • 4 min

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