Earlier this year, I went on my first ever retreat (in total silence, I might add!) and I took the opportunity of a week of silence to start reading some books I've always been meaning to read but have never got round to. I'm a big reader but also a slow reader with a habit… Continue reading Catholic Reading Challenge
With my rosary clutched in my hands, I tried to fight through the words of the Hail Mary without falling apart. I tried to focus on the prayer, knowing my Mother would console me, but it was so hard. I was so desperately sad and worse still I blamed myself for the situation. No one… Continue reading Learning to Trust in God’s Will
A few weeks ago, I ventured to Châteauneuf, near Lyons in France, to stay with the Foyers de Charité for my first silent retreat - accompanied by my three siblings and my baby niece. In the middle of the picturesque French countryside, we entered into a week of complete silence where the only time we spoke… Continue reading The Power of Silence
As I put down the phone, I struggled not to release the tears of sheer joy that were threatening to roll down my face. I could have screamed with jubilation. But I was on a tiny bus packed with people, and neither of these reactions were appropriate, so I simply smiled to myself. It was difficult… Continue reading God Wants Great Things For You
As Christians, we are incredibly fortunate in many ways to have social media. How many of the saints would have treasured it as a means of communication with people across the world? Gone are the days when we have to travel for hundreds of miles to bring the Gospel to new people; it's all there… Continue reading How to Use Social Media Like a Saint
The meadow in front of me looked challenging. The grass was calf-high, there were thistles aplenty, and our destination never seemed to get any nearer. I have always thought of myself as something of a country girl, having grown up in the heart of the Cotswolds where hills and country fields were never further than… Continue reading Let Yourself Be Led By God
Have you ever had a friend that you could talk about anything with... except your faith? For me, it was an experience that made me feel like Clark Kent, as though I had a secret identity. I could talk to my best friend about anything, but I just couldn't bring myself to talk about my… Continue reading How Should I Talk About My Faith?