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Tag Archive for ‘grace’

Wednesday 16 October

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (OM) Romans 2:1-11; Psalm 62; Luke 11:42-46 May Christ live in your heart If you’ve wondered where the devotions to the nine first Fridays with Mass and Communion, the Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration and the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus came from, they arose from the influence of […]

Tuesday 15 October

St Teresa of Jesus (M) Romans 1:16-25; Psalm 19:1-4; Luke 11: 37-41 Memorial: Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 19:8-11; John 15:1-8 Make your home in me St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) lived during unsettled times. As a young Carmelite, she needed to be “pruned” of her worldliness before receiving the grace of profound contemplative prayer centred on […]

Saturday 5 October

/p> Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Psalm 69; Luke 10:17-24 The eternal God reared you Baruch told the Jewish people that while their going into exile was due to their disobedience, God still loved them. In the Gospel, Jesus chastises Chorazin and Bethsaida (Jewish towns) for rejecting him. “For if the miracles had been done in Tyre […]

Saturday 7 September

Colossians 1:21-23; Psalm 54; Luke 6:1-5 Legalism and love Many times, we hear Jesus teaching his disciples that love is more important than the mere observance of the law. His most scathing words were for those who thought themselves holy because they scrupulously kept all the rules and despised those who were not able to […]

Wednesday 7 August

Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35; Psalm106; Matthew 15:21-28 Love and faith beyond boundaries The Canaanite woman recognised Jesus’ power. Love, mingled with fear for her daughter, gave her courage to persist to the point of annoyance in asking for help. She portrays a powerful witness of intercession and faith that doesn’t give up. Love and […]

Monday 5 August

Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major (om) Numbers 11:4-5; Psalm 81; Matthew 14:13-21 Trust in God Moses complained about the struggle of leading people, who, though physically free from slavery, yearned to return to what they knew. Have you ever made a good decision requiring change, then found yourself clinging to familiar patterns […]

The Mind of Christ the Mass and You – Part 2 of 2

Contact with the Mind of Christ What do we need then to ensure that the power of the Mass to transform our minds is in fact efficacious? An intense, constantly renewed desire that Christ’s mind should become our mind, a willingness to seek this, together with a recognition that we depend more on his grace […]

Wednesday 31 July

St Ignatius of Loyola Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; Matthew 13:44-46 Lost Treasure There is always great excitement when divers discover a long-lost ship that has been lying on the ocean floor for years. The forgotten treasure is eagerly brought up to the surface and displayed for all to see. Sometimes our own gifts can lie […]

Tuesday 30 July

Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9,28; Psalm 103; Matthew 13:36-43 Images Jesus uses many images in his parables to explain what the kingdom of God is like. How often he speaks of the first book of revelation: the gift of creation. How often does he use images of nature such as harvesting, or ripening, sowing seed, gathering and […]

Saturday 27 July

Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 50; Matthew 13:24-30 Take time As with all blessings, the double blessing of seeing and hearing are gifts that we tend to take for granted. So, very enthusiastically, Jesus tells the disciples that they are so blessed, for the time of waiting for a Messiah is over and they are witnesses to […]