About me

Self-portrait after a new haircut
Your humble author

Lay Dominican, obsessive photographer, grammar fiend, inveterate witterer.

Please note that this is a blog by a Catholic, rather than a Catholic blog – there is a subtle, but important, difference.

Rosa mundi is a rose, in case you were wondering.


Set a spell – there’s always coffee on the go, and a bottle of something if the sun’s over the yardarm (and the sun’s always over the yardarm. Somewhere).

Someone asked me recently, with the bright and fervid gleam of someone who’s wondering where they left the matches and the big pile of wood, “are you Saved?”

To which I can only reply: “As the Bible says, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5–8), but I’m also being saved (1 Cor. 1:8, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be saved (Rom. 5:9–10, 1 Cor. 3:12–15). Like the apostle Paul I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2, 2 Tim. 2:11–13).”

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