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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 […]

Monday 2 September

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Psalm 96; Luke 4:16-30 Good news to the poor Jesus announces his mission as it was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. His mission is to the poor, the blind, to prisoners or to those oppressed in any way. The Gospels reveal that Jesus was totally faithful to this mission. Do we realize […]

Saturday 10 August

St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (f) 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112; John 12:24-26 Where I am, my servant will be there too Are we servant disciples? St Paul makes it clear that giving is a matter of freedom, and we are not to give grudgingly. He assures the Corinthians that God never forgets our efforts. Jesus […]

Wednesday 17 July

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:25-27 Nuturing ministry In this beautiful gospel text we find an echo of Matthew’s first beatitude: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’ Jesus seeks out the humble of heart, the poor, and the simple, those who know their need of God. These […]