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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 […]

St John of the Cross — The Spiritual Canticle

Part 2 of 5 St John of the Cross, the Mystical Doctor of the Church, provides teaching to help us survive and thrive in these testing times. To begin to appreciate his profound wisdom, a wise man told me to begin with the Spiritual Canticle. Professor E Allison Peers calls it one of the loveliest […]

Tuesday 29 December

1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35 A sword will pierce your soul Perhaps it was only on Calvary that Mary fully understood the prophetic words of Simeon that a sword would pierce her soul. Even then she probably did not understood why God had allowed this terrible suffering to happen to her beloved Jesus. […]

Friday 27 December

St John the Apostle and Evangelist (F) 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; John 20:2-8 God’s friend If we were to put it in everyday language, we could say John and Jesus were best mates. John was the only one of the apostles that really ‘got it’ about Jesus. They had confidential chats. John […]

Monday 23 December

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; Luke 1:57-66 Yahweh is gracious He is to be called John. A name which means ‘God is gracious’. How can you be sure that God is gracious? It can be a baffling process. Faith takes time to come to birth. When God speaks to us in the […]

Friday 23 August

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22; Psalm 146; Matthew 22:34-40 Love produces freedom Ruth, a Gentile woman, abandoned her country to provide for her mother-in-law. We may assume Ruth and her husband loved each other deeply. Ruth’s beautiful response after his death is to sacrifice everything for love. As we abandon ourselves to the love of […]

Thursday 15 August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (s) Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Mary’s reality, our destiny The Ark of the Covenant was where the glory and presence of God dwelt. It held the 10 Commandments, manna — bread — and Aaron’s staff, symbol of priestly authority. Luke has […]

July Crossword

Solution for June Across: 1 Chaplet, 5 He-men, 8 Rerun, 9 Pallium, 10 Apostles’ creed, 11 Hi-tech, 12 Employ, 15 Parish Council, 18 Droplet, 19 Inept, 20 Psalm, 21 Canings.  Down: 1 Curia, 2 Airport, 3 Lunatic asylum, 4 Tepees, 5 Holy Communion, 6 Maize, 7 Name day, 11 Hyped up, 13 Lectern, 14 Acetic, […]

Friday 29 March

Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 81; Mark 12:28-34 Listen, O Israel Jesus recites the Shema in the gospel today. He is answering a question put to him by a scribe about the first and greatest commandment and he gives the perfect answer. God is one and there is no other and we should love him with all […]

Saturday 22 December

Samuel 1:24-28; (Responsorial): 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Luke 1:46-56 Mary’s whole person In Mary’s song of praise almost every line is patterned on Hannah’s canticle (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary’s opening words are translated usually as: ‘My soul (psychē) magnifies the Lord, and my spirit (pneuma) rejoices …’ The Greek psychē, like the Hebrew word it […]