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The Beauty of Touch

We use touch, one of our senses, in many ways. To explore how something feels; to push away; to hurt; but also, to connect, to show our love. Mothers will tell you that people always want to touch their babies, if not scoop them up and hold them; children will run to us and embrace […]

Saturday 2 July

Amos 9: 11-15, Psalm 85: 9ab, 10-14, Matthew 9, 14-17 
 Jesus brings joy 
 Emmanuel, God-with-us, is the Bridegroom. In this passage Jesus is telling us that his loving presence with us, his people, not only 2000 years ago but today, should be a motive for joy and celebration. Today, as in Gospel times, […]

Tuesday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45 Break forth into joy Springtime and new life are here in the persons of Jesus and John. The Holy Spirit inspires Elizabeth to know that Our Lady is pregnant. More, Elizabeth recognises the long-promised Saviour, in the Babe Mary carries. “Whence is […]

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 […]


Part 3 of 3 “That my own joy may be in you” “I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).  What does Jesus mean? We start with the this – expressed in the previous verse. As the Father has loved me, […]

Monday 4 October

St Francis of Assisi (M) Jonah 1:1-2:1, 11; Response, Jonah 2:3-5, 8; Luke 10:25-37 Simplicity and joy When elected Pope, Jorge Bergoglio chose to be known by the name of today’s saint, finding inspiration in his life of ‘simplicity and joy.’ St Francis’ communion with nature and his love of humanity make him a model […]

October Saints

Saint Luigi Guanella (1842-1915) Luigi Guanella was born in Fraciscio, Italy, the ninth of thirteen children of strongly religious parents. When he was twelve years old, he entered the minor seminary. He was ordained in 1866. From 1875 until 1878, he assisted St. John Bosco in his care of homeless children. Shortly thereafter, he began a […]

Joy – Dark Secret Joys

Part 2 of 3 In contrast to last month’s reflections, some joys can be destructive. There is the perverted form of joy in inflicting suffering on others. Again, there is nothing admirable in taking pleasure in the public humiliation of someone who is innocent or disabled or impaired.  Yet, to be honest, there’s the latest […]


The Bright Side Part 1 of 3 ‘Tears of Joy’  The team and supporters winning a grand final or a world cup. The bride and groom radiant on their wedding day. The political leader and party supporters after an election victory. A couple with the birth of a child. The patient hearing “the cancer is […]

Monday 5 April

Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalm 16; Matthew 28:8-15 Filled with awe and great joy As word spread among the disciples that Jesus had indeed risen, they were filled with excitement, wonder and great joy. From that Easter Day onwards, his resurrection has continued to transform the life experiences of Christian people. Human failings and sinfulness have been […]