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Too Cool for the Rosary?

The Lenten Season gives the opportunity to re-visit and refresh elements of our faith that may have slipped out of sight behind the couch for some of us. As we lead up to the central mysteries of our faith through the sacred days of Holy Week and beyond, it’s worth reminding ourselves of some of […]

Mary, first and perfect disciple

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru. The central church could seat around 650 people. Hundreds more would attend each of the 8 or 9 Saturday vigils or Sunday Masses. The church had 10 or so different statues of […]

A Different Scripture Rosary

Distractions at prayer are a bugbear for many of us. In his book, Introduction to Spirituality, Father Louis Bouyer mentions an aid to focusing our attention when praying the Rosary, which has been popular in a number of countries, notably in Germany. This is to introduce, either after the name of Jesus, or after “Holy […]

Wednesday 7 October

Our Lady of the Rosary Jonah 4:1-11, Ps 86, Luke 11:1-4 Teach us to pray. The mysteries of the rosary are based on the life of Christ. With Mary’s help they lead us to contemplate Jesus. As you pray a decade of the rosary, let Mary help you focus on her son Jesus. May she […]

Our Lady of the Rosary

The painting is by Bernardo Cavallino, 1640. According to Dominican tradition, in 1214, St. Dominic received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against heretics. While Mary’s giving the rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to […]

Tuesday 13 May

Acts: 11:19-26, PS 87, John 10:22-30 Our Lady of Fatima 1917 and the world was in the grip of despair and suffering and a war that killed millions. 3 rural Portugese children looking after their sheep responded with child like faith and excitement. Mary at Fatima:”Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the […]

From the back pew: The Holy Beads of prayer!

Mark Steele, who describes himself as the most ordinary of Catholics, writes: When I go back in thought to my First Communion days, I remember receiving my first prayer book, a medal of St Christopher, the saint recognised at the time as the patron saint and guardian of travellers on a silver chain which was […]

The Family Rosary

‘The holy Rosary is a storehouse of countless blessings’ — Blessed Alan de la Roche, 1428-1475, Priest and Theologian. I grew up in the 50s in an Irish Catholic neighbourhood in New York, in the age of parochial schools, uniforms, prayer in school, and particularly, prayer at home, namely the rosary. Many people in the […]

An Unexpected Journey

My story began when I received an unexpected phone call from a friend, asking me if I would like to join her and her husband on a trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I had always wanted to visit Europe when I was younger, but never got around to actually planning a trip there, […]

Catholic Devotions

The Rosary and the Scapular – a Brief History “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.” Our Lady to Lucia Santos at Fatima in 1917. When Our Lady appeared to Lucia Santos at Fatima in October 1917, she carried the Rosary in one hand and the Brown Scapular in the other, signifying their importance and […]