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Tag Archive for ‘martyr’

Saturday 1 June

ST JUSTIN, MARTYR Acts 18:23-28; Psalm 47; John 16:23-28 The Spirit of Truth St Justin was a martyr of the second century who wrote extensively in defence of the faith. I wonder what questions of faith he would be writing about today? There seem to be so many issues that confront our life of faith. […]

Tuesday 5 February

ST AGATHA, MARTYR Hebrews 12:1-4; Psalm 22; Mark 5:21-43 Faith saves Jesus ‘leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection’. Living in faith takes courage. The synagogue official, Jairus, showed the courage of faith, while many of those who held official positions rejected Jesus. The woman with the haemorrhage exhibited courage when she […]

Wednesday 26 December

Feast of St Stephen, the first martyr Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 30 (31):3-4, 6, 8, 16-17; Matthew 10:17-22 Trust in God Jesus’ second discourse (Matthew 10) is on mission. It goes backwards and forwards between the life of Jesus and the later times of the early Church. The warning about persecution, and even conflict and […]

Tuesday 17 October

ST IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH Romans 1:16-25; Psalm 19; Luke 11:37-41 Heart-fulness Our conversion to Jesus Christ happens in our heart. There is no room for duplicity, living apparently as Catholic but having our hearts enclosed within ourselves. St Ignatius of Antioch is one of our giants in knowing this, his heart was for Jesus and […]

Thursday 10 August

St Lawrence 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112; John 12:24-26 The image Jesus gives us of the wheat grain dying in the earth yet yielding a rich harvest, so rightly fits the commemoration of a martyr. But it also unveils something of the mystery of every life. St Francis’ it’s in giving that we receive, is […]

Why Saints’ Names Matter! – St Peter Chanel

Aunt Whina Cooper, upon being told that l was named Peter Chanel grabbed me and hugged me and said, ‘Mark my word, you’ll be a priest!’

The First Martyr of Oceania – St Peter Chanel

Underlying his approach was his personal motto, ‘To love Mary and bring others to love her.’