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Comedian Frank Skinner reveals his love of Ignatian spirituality

By on Thursday, 11 July 2013

Frank Skinner on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (Photo: PA)

Frank Skinner on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (Photo: PA)

The British comedian Frank Skinner has spoken of his love for Ignatian spirituality.

In an interview with Jesuit and Friends magazine Mr Skinner, who attends the Jesuit Farm Street church in Mayfair, central London, said he had developed an interest in silent reflection after practising yoga.

“Through short periods of time, I developed the ability to stop thinking and clear my mind,” he explained.

“Afterwards you feel peace. You start to feel very centred and that starts to inform the rest of your life. I feel that God is in that – in everything – and it’s like that silence can make you feel it in yourself.”

Mr Skinner, 56, who is best known for hosting the programme Fantasy Football League and his ITV chat show, reconnected with Catholic faith in his 20s having lost touch with it in his teens.

His son was baptised at Farm Street last year and he says being a father has also helped deepen his connection with God.

“When you’ve got a child, the love that you feel is like nothing else you feel in the rest of your life,” he said.

“And I think for the believer – certainly the parent – it gives you the clearer view of what a big painful, awful sacrifice that was. When they become your primary concern, ahead of yourself – for me, it’s helped me to understand that sort of love of God, that selfless, forgiving love.”