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You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 If freedom merely consists in choice, then surely being a fresher at uni is the freest we’ll ever be. There can’t be many other situations in which so many different opportunities are available in one go. […]

Finding freedom as a fresher


‘I no longer call you servants…but friends’ John 15:15 This line, I think, sums up how my faith has changed while at Oxford and how I feel God in my life. Before university, God was very much in the background; church was an obligation, an unalterable fact, but there was […]

I no longer call you servants, but friends


He shall sit alone and he shall be silent, because he has taken the yoke upon himself. Lamentations 3:28                       Discernment weighs heavily on many Catholic students, attempting to figure out how we’re called to spend the next sixty or […]

He shall sit alone and be silent



But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way. Luke 4:30 St. Luke, having just narrated that the Lord had been taken by force, ‘thrust out of the city’, and brought by a crowd angry to the point of murder, then goes on to make the bizarre statement […]

Passing through the midst of them


For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20 The importance of friendships rooted in Christ and community-building has been on my mind a lot during the last year. I remained in Oxford beginning a new course while most of my closest friends […]

There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend


I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask Him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. John 15:16-17 I suppose one of the central questions, with which […]

I appointed you to go and bear fruit



Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis, propterea benedixit te Deus in aeternum. Grace is poured out upon thy lips, wherefore God hath blessed thee eternally. Psalm 45:2 In a well-known prayer, Blessed John Henry Newman asks, ‘Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go…shine through me, and […]

Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis


Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15) The latter half of this verse has been stuck in my head for some months now, and looking it […]

The hope that you have


Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:22) I grew up in a Catholic family, in a country where most people are Catholic. My route as a Catholic […]

With a sincere heart



Jesus again straightened up and said, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she replied. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go away, and from this moment, sin no more.” (John 8:10-11) I was a pretty blessed child growing up: my family loved me, […]

Neither do I condemn you