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September Saints

Blessed Maria Vittoria Strata of Genoa (1562-1617) Maria Vittoria De Fornari was born in Genoa, the seventh of nine children. Maria married Angelo Strata on 21 March 1579 and bore six children. In late 1587 her husband fell ill and died not long after, leaving her pregnant with her last child. While Maria wanted to find another […]

September

At Villa Santa Maria, the Society of Mary General House in Rome, two Christian Syrian Refugees are staying. Mafoud and Feraz arrived through the ‘Humanitarian Corridor’, a pilot project run by the Community of Sant’Egidio, in collaboration with the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian and Methodist Churches. Mafoud and Feraz have learned Italian, […]

Saturday 17 August

Joshua 24:14-29, Psalm 16, Matthew 19: 13-15 Excluding some people? The disciples try to exclude bothersome children. They had not understood Jesus’ teaching on becoming “as little children” (Matt 18:1ff). In Jesus’ time children had no status or power. Jesus gives the disciples an object lesson in humility. To such as these…the kingdom of heaven […]

Thursday 18 July

Exodus 3:13-20; Psalm 105; Matthew 11:28-30 Showing God’s face Jesus gives the gift of joy and rest especially to those most broken by life and illness. Just as Jesus promises refreshment to the most weary of souls so we can share in his ministry of healing in many simple ways – to make a pot […]

Francis Speaks

On where the Pope’s energy comes from It’s a gift of the Lord. When I am visiting a country I forget everything, but not because I want to forget; it comes spontaneously to me to forget, and I’m fully there. This gives me perseverance. I don’t get tired on the trips — I get tired […]

Tuesday 28 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11 Darkness into light When everything seems darkest, God shows his hand. Paul and Silas had been stripped, flogged, shackled, imprisoned. They prayed and sang hymns. They were alone. No earthly help was forthcoming. A massive earthquake wrecked the prison. The warder was converted, and his family. He took them […]

Sunday 26 May

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Apocalypse 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14: 23-29 Freedom God has given us free will. If you love someone deeply, then you will free them from your restrictions. For parents, a deep love of our children allows us, when they mature, to give them the freedom to make […]

Friday 24 May

Mary, Help of Christians Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57; John 15:12-17 Ave Maria “You are my friends, not servants”. There is great joy and love in friendship. Today we call on Mary, help of Christians. She has a a place in our hearts. We too, are in her heart. We are her Son's great friends. She […]

Reality Check

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. Mark Twain, American author, 1835-1910 The mind sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Robertson Davie, Canadian author, 1913-1995 The month of October, 2018, has had its personal challenges as a series of incidents occurred which made me question reality. My right knee, which had been […]

Saturday 2 March

Ecclesiasticus 17:1-15; Psalm 103; Mark 10:13-16 Like little children We can often yearn for simpler and more carefree days when things weren’t so difficult or complicated. Little children remind us of this in the way they play and seem to have no worries. Jesus today wants all of those who seek the Kingdom of God […]