I am hurtling in a high-speed train from Glasgow to London, with a heavy heart saying farewell to my native land, a sentiment that should live within us all. It is the memorial of Saint Charbel Maklouf, a Lebanese priest, ascetic and mystic, as well as the vigil of Saint James the Greater, whose feast also coincides with the promulgation of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae in the fateful year of 1968. To say the document was prophetic should be understood in the strict sense of that charism: For a prophet ‘sees’ the future, but in light of the

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