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Tuesday 25 January

The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle (F) Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 117; Mark 16:15-18 To the whole creation The commission of Jesus to the eleven links humanity and the natural world. Pope Francis makes this link: “Today, we have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must […]

Sunday 7 November

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 God’s love of the poor Today we hear of two poor widows. Each shows great generosity, despite their poverty. The first one is rewarded by an abundance of food, as God promised. The second, we assume, is also rewarded. God despises […]

September Saints

Blessed Michael of Ghebre (1791-1855) Michael was born in Ethiopia in Dibo in 1791, part of an Ethiopian religious sect, the Kevats. In his childhood he lost one eye in an accident that, in his culture, would render him unfit for most forms of work. Following his education, he entered a Coptic Orthodox monastery and was […]

Luminous Mysteries in Stained Glass

Pope St John Paul II introduced a new set of Mysteries of the Rosary, called the Luminous Mysteries, in 2002. The first  Luminous Mystery is the Baptism of the Lord. This window in Sts Peter and Paul, Noubalay, France, shows the scene: against protestations about his unworthiness, John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan.  The […]

Stations of the Cross

Based on the ceremony led by Pope Francis, 19 April 2019, at the Colosseum, Rome, written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti. Introduction: We walk this way of the Cross in union with the poor, the outcast of our societies and all those who, even now, are enduring crucifixion as victims of our indifference and hardness of […]

Sunday 29 December

The Holy Family (F) Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 The family — God’s workshop Every family, even the ones that struggle, is a holy family, because the family is the workshop in which God toils, bringing us together as parts of one body. Poor old Joseph probably could not see […]

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.

Third World Day of the Poor

17 November Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by short sighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from […]

Wednesday 25 September

Ezra 9:5-9; Canticle: Tobit 13; Luke 9:1-6 When I am poor then I am rich In different ways Jesus and Ezra have the same message for us: when we are poor and depend on God for everything we are truly blessed. It must have been somewhat frightening for Jesus’ little band to depart without any […]

Sunday 22 September

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 Dangerous wealth Today Jesus and Amos give us good advice about money. Jesus calls it “that tainted thing” and Amos condemns those who “trample on the poor and practice deceit”. Though seeming to praise the dishonest manager Jesus is really saying […]