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13 October 2019, Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Today our beloved John Henry Newman will be canonised! Our monastery is built on the very land through which he would often have walked, during his years at what is now Maryvale – indeed, it was he who gave it its name. At Newman’s beatification, which took place in Birmingham in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI […]

Saturday 12 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Tomorrow, in St Peter’s Square, John Henry Cardinal Newman will be canonised, before huge crowds of the faithful. We can do no better than to quote from his writings. The following extract shows us the sanctity for which he strove, and which by the grace of God he gained: ‘Stay with me, and then I […]

Friday 11 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Today is also the Optional Memoria of Pope St John XXIII, who was canonised with Pope St John Paul II by Pope Francis in 2014. In his homily for the occasion, Pope Francis said: ‘Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his […]

Thursday 10 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Some words from our Gospel reading for today: ‘Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened’. In the fourteenth century English text, ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, […]

Tuesday 8 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Here is today’s Gospel reading: ‘Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and […]