Labourers in the Vineyard

The parable of the labourers in the vineyard (Matthew 20 v 1-16) seems to have relevance today. Without wanting to sound a sanctimonious prig (while doing so), when I laboured in the City I tried to do what was morally right. Additionally I tried not to mind what my colleagues were paid. I was only interested in my pay and if I was satisfied why should I care if a colleague was paid more or less?  Continue reading Labourers in the Vineyard

I Once Met Pius XII

Pope Pius XII writes one of his wartime Christmas radio messages.
(CNS photo/courtesy of Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

I enjoy the I Once Met column in The Oldie. If you are a fan Richard Ingrams edited two anthologies. James Lees-Milne’s diary entry for Tuesday 14th September 1948 qualifies for, although I don’t think has appeared in, I Once Met. He was on holiday in Rome and was granted an audience with the Pope (Pius XII) at Castel Gondolfo. Continue reading I Once Met Pius XII