The Devil You Should Know

By Fr Billy Swan The Gospel of John emphasises the importance of Christians being people who know Christ. But knowing Christ also means knowing his enemy the devil for ‘it was to undo all that the devil has done that the Son of God appeared’ (1 John 3:8).  Here I...

The Healing Power of the Eucharist

By Fr John Keane Very early every Wednesday morning while I worked as a missionary in Ecuador, I used to take very sick people to the hospital in Guayaquil, about a two hour journey.  Over a hundred people would turn up looking to come to the hospital, and I...
St. Edmund Campion

St. Edmund Campion

He was offered his freedom, many privileges and wealth if he would only renounce his Catholicism, but he declined and was tortured mercilessly. Edmund Campion was born in 1540 in Henry VIII’s enthusiastically Protestant England. He became one of Oxford’s best scholars...
Divine Mercy in my Soul

Divine Mercy in my Soul

I carried the pain of an abortion for many years. I was born into a large family of 17 children, so my mother was very pro-life. When I was 19 years old I went to work in the U.K. Away from the constraints of family, I got carried away in the heady social life in...
The deep joy of our faith

The deep joy of our faith

When I first arrived in Ecuador to begin my life on mission I was shocked at the level of poverty there. I was appointed to the very large parish of the Good Shepherd two hours west of Guaraquil. I was numb as I drove around the parish for the first time and saw the...