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Monday 26 July

Sts Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (M) Exodus 32:15-24,30-34, Psalm 106:19-23, Matthew 13:31-35 Happy day for parents and grandparents That church tradition names Mary’s parents reminds us that parents’ influence on children is significant. As Mary responded to the angel at the incarnation, we see a confident young woman of courage […]

Helping Children Make Sense of Unanswered Prayer

A child hears her parents arguing loudly. One threatens divorce. The other begins to cry. Before sleeping that night, the child prays asking God to keep her mother and father together. A month later they separate. A single mother of two early school children is financially strapped. She is concerned about being downsized from her […]

When a Friend Grieves

Seven Ways to Help I was heartbroken. I was beyond devastation. I wanted to die, pack it in, call it a day, call it quits, stop in my tracks. My son, Clark, was the light of my life, the bright, beautiful, creative boy who had survived so much, and been such a solace and beauty. […]

Monday 30 September

SAINT JEROME (M) Zechariah 8:1-8; Psalm 102; Luke 9:46-50 Caring for the Vulnerable Jesus tells his disciples that whatever we do to a child is done to him! How many times as parents, teachers or caregivers have we cared for a child without adverting to these consoling words of Jesus? Mother Aubert told her Sisters […]

Tuesday 17 September

1 Timothy 3:1-13; Psalm 101; Luke 7:11-17 Our tears will all be wiped away The compassion of God is made visible over and over again through Jesus. In today’s Gospel we see this compassion in an extraordinary miracle. Jesus raised the dead boy to life because his heart went out to the mother! Many mothers […]

Thursday 18 July

Exodus 3:13-20; Psalm 105; Matthew 11:28-30 Showing God’s face Jesus gives the gift of joy and rest especially to those most broken by life and illness. Just as Jesus promises refreshment to the most weary of souls so we can share in his ministry of healing in many simple ways – to make a pot […]

Monday 24 June

THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Psalm 139; Luke 1:57-66,80 His name is John The arrival of their son, John, into the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah was an extraordinary event of great joy. His parents were elderly and had been childless. His father’s speech was restored after he had […]

About the Sanctity of Life

The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:4-5. The God’s eye view is vast……and He sees us from and through eternity. Each and every soul is infinitely precious to Him. Sadly, each and […]

Sunday 26 May

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Apocalypse 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14: 23-29 Freedom God has given us free will. If you love someone deeply, then you will free them from your restrictions. For parents, a deep love of our children allows us, when they mature, to give them the freedom to make […]

Saturday 16 February

Genesis 3:9-24; Psalm 90; Mark 8:1-10 Our refuge Our first parents must have been desolate. They had had it so good, leading a charmed existence. Now they were condemned to lives of pain, sadness and suffering, after which they would ‘return to the dust from which they came’. Yet God was still their refuge, as […]