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Tag Archive for ‘death’

Saturday July 30

Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Psalm 69: 15-16, 30-34, Matthew 14: 1-12 Prophets risk death Both John the Baptist and Jeremiah knew they were risking death when they spoke up against evil. In our day many risk their lives or at least imprisonment as they speak the truth to those in power. In our own lives we […]

Friday July 29

Saint Martha 
 Jeremiah 26: 1-9; Psalm 69: 5, 8-10, 14; John 11: 19-27 
 Life after death 
 Jesus’ words to Martha demand a great faith and Martha’s response shows that she does indeed have this faith. Are we able to answer the same question with as much certainty as Martha? When someone who […]

Tuesday 1 February

2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30-19:3; Psalm 86:1-6; Mark 5:21-43 Life and death Mourning a son who has died, or rejoicing for a daughter brought back to life, the readings today are full of emotion. All of us at some time have to face sickness and death. Some are lucky enough to make a recovery […]

A Different Scripture Rosary

Distractions at prayer are a bugbear for many of us. In his book, Introduction to Spirituality, Father Louis Bouyer mentions an aid to focusing our attention when praying the Rosary, which has been popular in a number of countries, notably in Germany. This is to introduce, either after the name of Jesus, or after “Holy […]

Blessed Miguel Pro SJ

On the 23 November 1927, a young Mexican Jesuit priest stood before a firing squad. He was guilty of no crime, had faced no trial, but arms outstretched in cruciform, a rosary in one hand and a crucifix in the other, Padre Miguel Pro went to his death. Mexico at the time was in the […]

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 […]