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September Saints

Blessed Michael of Ghebre (1791-1855) Michael was born in Ethiopia in Dibo in 1791, part of an Ethiopian religious sect, the Kevats. In his childhood he lost one eye in an accident that, in his culture, would render him unfit for most forms of work. Following his education, he entered a Coptic Orthodox monastery and was […]

My Bucket List

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.” Anon. “Die with memories, not with dreams.” Anon. One hears many people talk about their bucket list; all the things they want to accomplish or do before they die. There are books and movies about the subject as well as a zillion […]

Saturday 21 November

Presentation of Mary (M) Apocalypse 11:4-12; Psalm144; Luke 20:27-40 Love beyond death It is good to be reminded of God’s perfect love abiding in heaven, but perhaps it is challenging to be reminded that marriage does not exist in heaven. Married love is not always perfect but with Jesus Christ present within it, married love […]

The Easter Triduum

Triduum means three days of prayer. What binds together the three days of the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — is that all of them are Easter. Each, in their way, celebrates Christ’s dying and rising from the dead. The liturgy does not, in fact, separate Our Lord’s death […]

Suicide – Seven Ways to Help Grievers

When Kristen Clifford’s husband – Steven Clifford, a police officer – wasn’t responding to her text messages, she became alarmed and drove home, where she found notes, his police identification, his driver’s licence. “Everything laid out very neatly, methodically”, she recalled. Frightened, she rushed down the hallway to their bedroom, discovering the door closed and […]

The Death of Jesus…

… and how the Resurrection Changes the Way We See the World The disbelief One of the objections devout Muslims have with Christianity is that the All-Holy and All-Powerful One could die as a man. Others, who lean towards conspiracy theories, believe that Jesus’s disciples rescued him from the cross, then hid him, while spreading […]

Thursday 31 October

Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 109; Luke 13:31-35 With God on our side … In today’s first reading, St Paul declares his profound and unshakeable faith in Christ Jesus, his Lord and Saviour: ”He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us. […]

Sunday 27 October

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14, 16-19; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 The prayer of the humble Jesus’ victory over our sin and death, won for us by his death on the Cross, is revealed only to the humble in faith and heart. Worldly wisdom judges the Cross as a defeat. […]

Thursday 24 October

Romans 6:19-23; Psalm 1; Luke 12:49-53 I have come to bring fire Jesus’ dramatic statements, “I have come to bring fire”, and “There is a baptism I must still receive”, refer to his imminent passion and death. His death on the Cross draws the line between Christ’s peace and the world’s peace. Christ’s peace, infused […]

Friday 27 September

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL (M) Haggai 1:15-2:9; Psalm 43; Luke 9:18-22 A Suffering Saviour All through the synoptic Gospels Jesus tries to educate his disciples about the title 'Messiah'. The Jews expected a Messiah who would be their political saviour, a great and glorious king! In this passage it seems that he deliberately tries to […]