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The Interior Castle of
 St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 4 of 7 St Teresa begins this treatment by asking “the Holy Spirit to speak for me.” The Fourth Mansion is concerned for the first time with the truly supernatural, beyond the natural. It is not about our work in prayer, which has been the focus in the first three Mansions. Now it is […]

Wednesday 10 February

St Scholastica (M) Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17; Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30; Mark 7:14-23 Jesus enters the house The gospel reading tells us that Jesus entered the house and spoke of a deeper meaning of eating and thinking. This was to encourage the disciples to take a closer look at themselves. Jesus could be saying something like this: […]

Sunday 7 February

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 Jesus and Peter’s mother-in-law This passage is an encouraging one for women in Jesus’ time and in our time too. For a rabbi to heal a woman and to take her by the hand was taboo. Jesus breaks this […]

Wednesday 13 January

Hebrews 2:14-18; Psalm 105; Mark 1:29-39 A typical day in the ministry of Jesus Many Scripture experts have commented that Mark is presenting, in summary form, a typical day in the ministry of Jesus. Prayer, proclamation of the Good News and works of mercy filled his every day. The more he became known the greater […]

Thursday 17 December

Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 72; Matthew 1:1-17 Jesus our brother As we listen to the long list of Jesus’ forebears at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel we may wonder why it has been chosen for today’s liturgy! What is striking is that among the list there are quite a few sinners: Jacob who stole his […]

Wednesday 16 December

Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25; Psalm 85; Luke 7:19-23 Who is Jesus? John the Baptist is genuine in his desire to find out if Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus’ reply respects his sincerity. In Advent we too are waiting for the Messiah and though we may have known him for many years, it is a good […]

Monday 14 December

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17; Psalm 25; Matthew 21:23-27 Jesus defeats evil Inspired by the Spirit of God, Balaam foretells the coming of a king who will one day defeat evil. Jesus is that promised one. Today we see him facing evil people who twist his words and will eventually put him to death. However, we know […]

The God Nobody Seemed To Want

The Messiah was predicted and longed for among the Jewish people but when God actually came among us, the light was so different from what was expected, that in our shallow human perceptions it appeared that Christ was the God that nobody seemed to want. We expected a king of this world and received a […]

Our Gentle Invitation

When we are invited into the gentle and humble embrace of Jesus, life doesn’t necessarily change, but our burdens are shared. We are not alone. Jesus walks beside us and our prayers are heard. And with our faith, we become aware of invisible strings of support. Jesus’ yoke really is hitched to ours, and our […]

Francis Speaks

The Holy Family of Nazareth The term ‘holy’ inserts this family into the realm of holiness, which is a gift of God but, at the same time, is free and responsible adherence to God’s plan. It was so for the family of Nazareth, which was totally open to the will of God. How can we […]