Monday 23 September 2019, St Pius of Pietrelcina, Memoria.

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This great saint of modern times, who died only in 1968, was a Capuchin friar who bore the sacred Stigmata. He said, ‘Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil’. May he pray for us today […]

22 September 2019, Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Some words from 1 Timothy, which form part of our New Testament Mass reading: ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This […]

Saturday 21 September 2019, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, Feast.

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Here, below, is Fra Angelico’s St Matthew, with the angel shown on his right dictating his Gospel to him. Much is in the eyes, those same eyes that held the gaze of Jesus, as He stood before him at the receipt of custom and called him; ‘Follow Me!’ May we too know that gaze that […]

Thursday 19 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Small moths (see below) are now beginning to make their way into our buildings at night, presumably in search of light and warmth! We too seek light and warmth, and the Holy Spirit is both, as the hymn ‘Veni Creator’ reminds us: ‘Thy blessed unction from above / is comfort, life, and fire of love. […]

Wednesday 18 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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There are several patches of these tiny flowers in our garden, pictured below. They are a reminder of the beauty of small things. More deeply, the small flowers also remind us that God does not ask of us great things, but small things done with great love. This was also the message of that great […]

Tuesday 17 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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The fox, pictured below, is so beautifully camouflaged as to be almost invisible … he is taking his rest. Prayer is a resting in God, an abiding of our heart upon the heart of Christ, as did St John at the Last Supper. May we learn this gentle abiding, this rest for our soul in […]

15 September 2019, Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Gospel reading: ‘What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the […]

Saturday 14 September 2019, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast.

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On this day, the hymn ‘Vexilla Regis’, sung in Passiontide, is sung again. There is this magnificent verse: ‘O Tree of beauty! Tree of light! O Tree with royal purple dight! Elect on whose triumphal breast / Those holy Limbs should find their rest’. May the joy of the Tree of beauty and light fill […]