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I truly believe Jacob Rees-Mogg will be Prime Minister one day. Let's pray for him!

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Jacob Rees-Mogg may not be the next PM,  but with my all heart I believe he will be PM one day. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jacob Rees-Mogg at the Jesuit church in Farm Street, Mayfair where he is a parishioner. Rees-Mogg had just taken part in a panel discussion on Brexit and I was so impressed by his contribution that I raced up afterwards to meet him and congratulate him. He was wearing his bespoke double breasted navy suit and I found him to be eloquently charming - but not in a stylised, stagey way - he has the supple grace of someone comfortable in his own skin who has immense self-belief. Posh and plummy, perfectly polite he may be, but he is not a snob.

When I asked if I could quote him he readily and enthusiastically agreed, which caught me off guard because some of his quotes would be thought incendiary by those who would like to censor them, he spoke against the EU's funding of abortion in Africa and said that the EU had "a lot of cheek" when they &qu…

Check out John Carmichael's discussion with Cy Kellett for a Catholic Answers podcast

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Yesterday in California, Drunks and Monks author John Carmichael went to Catholic Answers headquarters for a chat with Cy Kellett. Here is the finished result: a fascinating, inspired interview with superb audio quality.


Where's your rope ladder? Something to consider in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tradegy.

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I didn't see the Grenfell Tower go on fire;  I smelt it. I live a relatively short distance from there and the morning after the inferno raged I was out for my early walk when I was met with wafts of smoky air which were just too fetid and too thick to be usual, even if it has been a hideously hot summer. Since then my mind has been turning over and over a piece of advice that an older chap took trouble to give me some years back. He was quite a brilliant wordsmith who was occasionally mentioned in the 3rd person by The Times Literary Supplement, we sold something together and he let me have all the profits for the care of a homeless pregnant young woman. So all in all he was a good egg. One day I was having a tot of sherry with him and he asked me, "Mary, do you have a rope ladder?" "A rope ladder? Hello? No, I'm not an army recruit!" "I'm serious," he replied, "you should get a rope ladder.  You might wake up some night and that …

A thoughtful review of Drunks and Monks

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Bonnie Rodgers of Boston Catholic TV left an astute review of Drunks and Monks on Amazon, so good I feel it deserves a wider audience:


"I read this book in anticipation of an interview. But I was drawn to request the interview because of the title. It's cutesy but heavy, everyone loves a funny drunk and certainly cartoon monks always draw a smile. In reality though drunks make for messy, emotionally strained lives and the lives of monks are austere and contemplative, focused on profound relationships with the Divine - traits we may aspire to in our daily lives.

Several of the reviewers mentioned that they couldn't put this book down, for me the experience was different, at some of the more intense, raw experiences with his parents and coarseness of the marriage I had to turn away, such painful encounters are tough to witness, particularly when you so desperately want the relationships and situations to be healed and then thrive.

The author's faith was drained for a numbe…

For a marriage to be of God

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I've always felt called to marriage and down through the years I received some marriage proposals. There were the good, decent Catholic men who I did not feel called to marry, also my temperament clashed with theirs which was one reason I would not have made a good wife to any of them.  There were also a few non-Catholics who were kind men but resolute they would never convert. A successful man about London town said to me, “I' have no problem with you staying Catholic but I´d never convert.”  It's hard enough for two parents who are Traditional Catholics to raise kids who are devout, but on my own I wouldn´t fancy my chances. There was also one who was adamant he didn´t want kids and for that precise reason, I broke it off. Regrettably there were also a few bullies. Experience can be a pitiless teacher and in such relationships I learned that we brought out the worst in each other and were we man and wife we would have found it hard to keep the other in a state of grace a…