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Monday 9 January

Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17 God does not have favourites For most of us our parents and godparents brought us to the church as infants and asked that we be baptised. Through Baptism we are reborn as a child of God. We become members of the […]

Luminous Mysteries in Stained Glass

Pope St John Paul II introduced a new set of Mysteries of the Rosary, called the Luminous Mysteries, in 2002. The first  Luminous Mystery is the Baptism of the Lord. This window in Sts Peter and Paul, Noubalay, France, shows the scene: against protestations about his unworthiness, John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan.  The […]

A School for Prayer (24) – Spiritual Guidance (3 of 3)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 What does the disciple need to do? 1.  The disciple should search carefully for a spiritual father St Symeon the New Theologian says that there are two ways of finding the energy of the Spirit that we received in Baptism: […]

Who Are You, Jesus? – 4. God who shares in our humanity

We continue an earlier discussion on how Jesus identified, not only with victims, but with all of us in our weakness, struggles and failures. We share the divine life through the Holy Spirit ‘living in us.’ The other side to that is the mystery of God in Jesus who partakes in our humanity. Paul says […]

Saturday 13 January

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1; Psalm 21; Mark 2:13-17 I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners We all struggle to follow Jesus and live his life. However, in the end, when each one of us comes to be really honest about ourselves, we have to admit that we are sinners. Nevertheless, in […]

Wednesday 29 June

Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles Acts 12:1-11; Ps. 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19 Peter and Paul Peter’s task is to nurture, develop and sustain Christ’s Church. Paul’s task is to preach the Good News to the nations. Whether we focus on Peter or Paul, witness to Christ requires both building up the community […]

Friday 22 January

1 Samuel 24:3-21; Ps 57; Mark 3:13-19 Have mercy David honoured Saul’s dignity as the anointed of the Lord, and showed him mercy. The twelve sent by Jesus to preach were to be ministers of divine mercy. Anointed in Baptism and Confirmation, we too are to give witness to God’s mercy.

In Baptism we are Called, Gifted, Sent

“Our Baptism sticks us together, and the Holy Spirit makes us rise,” so said Rev. Francis Bennett when he was giving a homily to the parishioners of Tairua, in the Coromandel.  He said we were like bits of flour lying around the kitchen bench, and our Baptism unites us like dough into the Body of […]

Saturday 13 September

St John chrysostom bd 1 Cor 10: 14-22; Psalm 116B; Luke 6: 43-49 Founded not foundered Jesus encourages us to build our house on rock. The house he is speaking about is our spiritual life. Early in his first letter to the Corinthians St Paul declares, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that […]

Francis Speaks to the Sick; Reflects on the Creed

To the sick: be a spiritual resource and an asset to the Church On 9 November last year, the Pope addressed seven thousand members of the Italian National Union for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines (UNITALSI), an association which has for 110 years been dedicated to the sick and frail, […]