A Prayer for the Sick

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and healthy. If You or loved ones have been struck down by the Coronavirus or any other illness, it is for You that I have included today’s prayer. This week I realised that We have become increasingly immune to the daily death toll announced by Government ministers at the start of their … Continue reading A Prayer for the Sick

For the Atheists

VICAR One of the things I enjoy most in life is debating with atheists. There are many more atheists around these days than when I was a young man. Or, perhaps, after the public announcements of Richard Dawkins and that masterful theologian Ricky Gervais, people are just more confident about publicly stating their atheist beliefs (or should I say non-beliefs). There’s a story I relate … Continue reading For the Atheists

A Prayer For Britain’s Negotiators

VICAR Dear Readers, I wish you, as ever, a peaceful and blessed Sunday. I hope your week to come is full of accomplishment, happiness and progress. With Brexit seemingly inevitable and our lawmakers, diplomats and representatives having to face negotiations which will likely get tricky at times, I thought that this Sunday we should remind ourselves of the power of prayer at the heart of … Continue reading A Prayer For Britain’s Negotiators


VICAR Dear Readers, good day. Tuesday was of course St Valentine’s Day. Few bother to notice but Valentine’s Day has a bloody origin: From February 13th to February 15th, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on February 14th of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic … Continue reading Love

Sunday Prayer: The Holiday

VICAR We are just a week away from Christmas. And we should by now be opening the first boxes of mince pies, sipping the occasional glass of mulled wine and hopefully some of the present wrapping will be out of the way. In our household, Christmas is a no-go zone as my wife dominates the preparations. It’s only after Sunday services (all three of them) … Continue reading Sunday Prayer: The Holiday

Sunday Prayer: A Step Along the Way

VICAR Good Day to you, Dear Readers. This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, and drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in November 1979. It was used as a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Oscar Romero. I find it is a good prayer for reflection. There are times when words are not enough. “No statement says … Continue reading Sunday Prayer: A Step Along the Way