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Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Alexander Lucie-Smith is a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald. On Twitter he is @ALucieSmith

The day I saw a saint’s blood become liquid

The waving of the handkerchief is the traditional sign the liquefaction has happened (Photo: PA)

Ten years ago in Naples on the feast of St Januarius I prayed as I had never done before

Downton Abbey is a fantasy of the past. That’s why we love it

The costumes, the architecture and references to the First World War serve only as window-dressing

In it we watch the only aristocrats on earth who seemingly never care about money

Johann Hari’s apology relies on Catholic expressions of penance

Confession involves an act of contrition which is meant to signify a change of heart (Photo: PA)

Indeed, he could not help but mention the Pope

The 9/11 flag-burners oppose what is true and beautiful

Servicemen in London hold wreaths honouring the victims of 9/11 (Luke MacGregor/PA Wire)

What struck me about these extremists was the sheer ugliness of their attitude

Despite his brilliance, St Augustine did produce a few duds

St Augustine: the Shakespeare of Theology (Photo: CNS)

But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written

Anthony Powell’s masterpiece will change your life

Simon Russell Beale played Widmerpool, left, in a Channel 4 adaptation with Miranda Richardson

A Dance to the Music of Time ‘is just like life itself: the same people keep weaving their way in and out’

People are so rude in the abortion debate that it’s almost pointless trying to argue

Nadine Dorries speaking in the Commons earlier today (PA photo)

And yet if ever there was a need for rational argument, then now is the time

The best way of seeing Britain is in front of the TV

Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker, presenters of Countryfile

The BBC takes on the cold and the rain so you don’t have to

Ten years after 9/11 we Christians have regained our self-confidence

Pope Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero in New York in 2008 (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, Reuters)

Under the leadership of Pope Benedict we have slowly regained our footing

Our current ignorance of the Scriptures is a terrible loss to our culture

A scene from the 2007 film adaptation of Beowulf

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth