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Saturday 22 June 2019, Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs, Feast.

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Today’s saints are among the greatest of the English Reformation Martyrs, and their example is an inspiration to all of us in our faith journeys. St Thomas More said, ‘The ordinary acts we practise every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest’. We can take encouragement from […]

Friday 21 June 2019, St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, Memoria.

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This sixteenth century Jesuit priest came from an aristocratic family. Despite his noble origins, he gave himself fully to caring for victims of the plague in Italy, eventually contracting the disease himself. He died at the age of thirty-three. A prayer to our Lady that he wrote is one we can easily make our own: […]

Thursday 20 June 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Gospel reading is the text of the Lord’s Prayer. It ends with a final teaching: ‘For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses’. In this way, the need to forgive others is given […]

Wednesday 19 June 2019, St Romuald, Abbot, Memoria.

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Today’s saint, who died in the eleventh century, was the Founder of the Camaldolese Order, a semi-eremitical branch of the great Benedictine family. Here are some precepts St Romuald gave to his monks: ‘Sit in the cell as in paradise; cast all memory of the world behind you; cautiously watching your thoughts, as a good […]

Tuesday 18 June 2019, the Dedication of St Chad’s Cathedral, Feast.

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This much-loved cathedral is one of Pugin’s finest creations, and has been well prayed in from the time of its building in 1841 until now. It was the first Catholic cathedral to be erected in Britain since the Reformation, and so has a noble history. Today let us pray for the spiritual life of the […]

Monday 17 June 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘…Dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything’. The first words of this extract from today’s New Testament reading, ‘Dying we Live’, formed the title of a remarkable collection of spiritual testimonies from those awaiting […]

Sunday 16 June 2019, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

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Today, to go with the superb icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev, are the opening words of the Athanasian Creed: ‘Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith; Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the […]

Saturday 15 June 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of Our Lady on Saturday – the first in this cycle of Ordinary Time. We remember her steadfastness, her faith, and her full gift of herself to the purposes of God. We ask for her prayers today in whatever our needs may be, that she will present those needs […]

Friday 14 June 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is an extract from today’s New Testament reading, along with a verse from yesterday which was omitted as the Feast had its own readings: ‘It is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God […]

Thursday 13 June 2019, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, Feast.

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This new Feast was written into the Calendar for England and Wales only last year. At the Office of Vigils, there is a reading from the Encyclical of Pope Pius XII, ‘Mediator Dei’. Here is an extract: ‘Christ, Priest and Victim Christ is a Priest indeed; however, he is a Priest not for himself but […]