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Tag Archive for ‘soul’

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 […]

A School for Prayer (15) – Lectio Divina

Subiaco – St Benedict Chartreuse – Guigo the Carthusian By Fr Craig Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 FROM EAST TO WEST John Cassian Our study of the experience of prayer has kept us in the Eastern part of the Christian world: the Desert regions of Egypt, Palestine, Sinai and Syria. There were hermits living in […]

Monday 25 June

TWELTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME 2 Kings 17;5-8,13-15,18 ,Psalm 60, Matthew 7:1-5 Here it comes again How often does Jesus condemn judgemental language? I haven’t counted, but as a lover of the gospels, I keep tripping over it. It’s not a comfortable teaching. Jesus says it in many ways and with strong language, which is […]