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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 […]

Thursday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17; Luke 1:5-25 Expect the unexpected It was going to be just another day at the Temple. He had a sacred duty to perform, but nothing he was not expecting. And then God turned Zechariah’s life upside down. Is there a pattern emerging here? Mary, Joseph, Zechariah — and soon, […]

Wednesday 18 December

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24 Be not afraid Poor old Joseph. He was just an ordinary bloke, quite happy to spend his life making tables and chairs. And suddenly he is sucked up into the infinite. When God overpowers you with the unexpected, listen out for the Angel. Do not be afraid.

Friday 31 May

THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Zephaniah 3:14-18; Canticle of Isaiah, 12:2-6; Luke 1:39-56 Our example What a celebration. Mary, recently chosen by God to bear the Messiah, thinks of her family. Her older cousin needs help. She sets off to Ain Karim, 90 miles away, where Elizabeth lived. This beloved story is part […]

Tuesday 18 December

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24 Emmanuel ‘God with us’ The name Emmanuel, ‘God with us,’ is given to Jesus during the crisis Joseph experienced when he discovered that Mary, to whom he was betrothed, was pregnant. Immediately before this (Matthew 1:1-17), a look at a sample of her child’s ancestors uncovers […]

Saturday 9 June

Immaculate Heart of Mary Isaiah 61:9-11, Canticle 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 2:41-51 Distraught parents Only Luke gives us a glimpse of Jesus as a boy, and it’s a very human story. At 12, Jesus is close to being recognized as an adult and no doubt he has a lot to discuss with the teachers in […]

A Mother’s View Of Our Lady

When we are troubled, and pray for help, Mary has been there before us. She understands how we are feeling, and can ask God to strengthen and help us. She lived through so many crises in her life. She was a young girl, pregnant to an unknown (to others) person. As such, she was likely […]

Good Old St Ignatius

A favourite millennium joke concerns a tableau staged in Heaven to celebrate 2000 years since the birth of Christ Jesus. As I remember it, it goes like this: It was a great celebration. The angels were in fine voice, and Jesus consented to be a baby again. He lay in Mary’s arms while Joseph sat […]

Friday 2 March

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28; Psalm 105:16-21; Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 Remember the marvels the Lord has done Joseph’s coat – a symbol of his father Israel’s special love for him – evoked violent jealousy in his brothers. They decide to kill Joseph and snatch his coat. Sold into slavery Joseph will become his brothers’ saviour. In […]

Sunday 13 August

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Do not be afraid! Don’t be afraid! So many times we hear that in the gospels: in the annunciation; in Joseph’s dream; in this Sunday’s reading with the disciples battling a heavy sea. Jesus walks towards them on the […]