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The Winter of God, by James K Baxter,

The winter of middle age is sent to us so that we should learn to throw our natural youth as a willing sacrifice on the bonfire and grow young again in God. It is only those who cling desperately to the natural level – to a sexuality that may be inopportune, to material possessions, to […]

A School for Prayer (18)

The Way of the Body St Dominic and the ‘Nine Ways of Prayer’ (1) The Body at Prayer By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 An important but little-known book takes us a step further in experiencing the ways of Christian prayer. The book relates how St Dominic prayed. Domingo de Guzman (Dominic) was […]

Friday 2 November

All Souls’ Day Psalms and Readings for each Mass are selected from the Lectionary. Day of intercession This is a powerful day of intercession for the Church. We, the living, have the duty to remember that those who died are placed firmly in the hands of God. Those gentle hands of Mercy are enough to […]

Sunday 2 September

Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23 Purity of motive God’s laws shape our moral and spiritual lives. In the Gospel, Jesus explains this by way of the example of cultural purity and, in particular, food and hygiene. In fact, he explains that the […]

Tuesday 24 July

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalm 85; Matthew 12:46-50 Who is my neighbour? Today we are standing outside with Mary and some of the disciples listening to Jesus preach and heal. When his attention is drawn to our presence, he stretches his hands and embraces us as his family, his next-of-kin, if we are doing what God […]

Friday 13 July

Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 51; Matthew 10:16-23 Guided by the Spirit In the gospel reading today Jesus describes in great detail the many ways in which his followers would suffer at the hands of those who opposed him – enough to put them off being followers! Similarly in our troubled world we could take fright at […]

Thursday 5 April – Octave of Easter

Acts 3;11-26; Ps 8; Luke 24:35-48 Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus appears to the gathering of disciples. “Peace be with you.” They are puzzled, incredulous. “It is me. Look at my hands and feet.” Then he eats with them. He goes to great lengths to prove he has risen. It is not a […]

Being Childlike

One day at Mass two little girls went up at communion time to receive a blessing. I saw them shyly wave to a couple sitting in front of me, who must have been their grandparents. After the blessing the shyness was gone and they rushed up to the couple, ran into their pew and hugged […]

Tuesday 14 November

Wisdom 2:23-3:9; Psalm 34; Luke 17: 7-10 In the hands of God In this month of the Holy Souls, we recall the good people gone before us. They are the virtuous, as the Book of Wisdom describes them. They are in the hands of God. He has found them worthy. In the words of Jesus […]

Monday 26 December

St Stephen Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 31; Matthew 10:17-22 Receive my spirit The stoning of Stephen is in contrast to the peace and joy of Bethlehem. Stephen was the first to follow in the steps of Christ in martyrdom. Like Jesus, Stephen died forgiving and praying for his executioners. As he died he prayed, ‘Lord […]