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Monday 22 July 2019, St Mary Magdalen, Feast.

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The painting below, which dates from the eighteenth century, shows the later Mary Magdalen. Tradition has it that she travelled to France and lived a life of prayer as a hermit in a cave. So we see her here, surrounded by images of contemplative life – a cross, a rosary – as well as the […]

21 July 2019, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Our Old Testament reading today tells of the visit of the three men to Abraham: ‘And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood in front of him. When he […]

Saturday 20 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, from the book of Exodus. It describes the beginning of the long journey that the people of Israel were to make: ‘And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up […]

Friday 19 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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In today’s Gospel the Pharisees rebuke Jesus for the fact that his disciples plucked grain on the Sabbath. His reply is to affirm the mercy of God: ‘And if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is lord of […]

Thursday 18 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Following on from yesterday’s Old Testament reading, the account of Moses at the Burning bush, we have the incomparable story of the revelation of the Divine Name to Moses: ‘God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.”’ In the hymn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus a short while ago we sang: ‘As Moses […]

Wednesday 17 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s old Testament reading gives us the wonderful account of Moses and the Burning Bush. ‘Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”’ This ‘turning aside’ is essential for us in our spiritual life, to enable us to be present to the Lord amidst all our […]

Tuesday 16 July 2019, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, Optional Memoria.

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In 2001, Pope St John Paul II, who himself wore the Brown (Carmelite) Scapular, wrote to the Carmelite family.  One paragraph of his message reads: ‘In their journey towards the “mountain of God, Christ the Lord”, the various generations of Carmel, from the beginning until today, have sought to model their lives on Mary’s example. In […]

Monday 15 July 2019, St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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Today’s saint is sometimes regarded as the ‘second founder’ of the Franciscan Order. He was born in the thirteenth century, about five years before St Francis died, so he never knew him. During Bonaventure’s time as the General Minister, he brought peace and good order to the Franciscans, and through his intellectual ability, established the […]