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The Apostles in Stained Glass

The feast of Saints Peter and Paul is on 29 June, and those for Saints Thomas and James are in July. This focusses attention on the apostles. They evangelised the world as they knew it in their lifetimes. But how can we picture them after two millenia? Those who made this window in St Patrick’s […]

Friday 22 February

Chair of St Peter 1 Peter 5:1-4; Psalm 23; Matthew 16:13-19 You give me comfort On the rock that Peter is, Christ built his Church. In so doing, the Lord reassured us that he is truly our shepherd, guiding our Church and us through whatever difficulties we face in our lives. The forces of evil […]

Wednesday 22 February

Feast of the chair of St Peter 1 Peter 5:1-4; Psalm 23; Matthew 16:13-19 For the Church Our prayers on this feast day are for the Church. We pray especially for our Pope Francis. He is the successor of St Peter, the rock on which Jesus chose to build his Church. To him, Jesus gave […]

The One True Faith

When the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons knock at our door to proselytize, I tell them I belong to the ‘Old Faith.’ “What’s that?” “The Catholic Church; the one that goes back 2000 years to the time of Christ. Yes, the true Christian church founded by St Peter, the first Bishop of Rome and the first Pope. […]

Shrine to St Peter Chanel Russell

The interior of the Shrine to St Peter Chanel Russell in the Bay of Islands. St Peter’s body lay in the area for a number of years before ultimately being returned to the the Island of Futuna.

The Holy Face of Manoppello

A friend and I recently made a two and a half hour journey from Rome in the direction of Italy’s Adriatic coast, to a small hilltown in the Abruzzo region, called Manoppello. What drew us there is a shrine which is home to a 24cm x 17.5cm cloth which bears an image of the face […]

Friday 29 June

STS PETER & ST PAUL Acts 12: 1-11; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 17-18; Ps 34; Matthew 16: 13-19 Be strong Peter’s immediate identification of who Jesus was – the Messiah, the Son of the living God – led Jesus to call him his rock. We too, must answer that question – who do we say […]

Friday 1 June

St Justin 1 Peter 4:7-13; Ps 96; Mark 11:11-26 “Be not afraid., I go before you always.” The popularised “end of the world” is depicted as an event without hope. Maybe this sells movies, but hopelessness is contrary to the promise of God’s kingdom. St Peter, Christ’s rock, tells us to be clear-minded and self-controlled […]

Sunday 26 February

1st Sunday in Lent Genesis 9: 8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1: 12-15 Coping with suffering St Peter is writing from Rome to the new Christians in Asia Minor (Turkey) who are suffering unjustly at the hands of their pagan neighbours, calumny, ridicule, abuse, because of the name of Christ. He indicates […]

Thursday 16 February

James 2: 1-9; Psalm 34; Mark 8: 27-33. A suffering Saviour. St Peter’s vision of a Messiah was that of a powerful deliverer of God. But Jesus is the Son of Man who must suffer greatly, be rejected, killed and rise again. Humanly speaking, it would have been tempting for Jesus to have taken an […]