Monday 12 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading:  ‘And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I […]

11 August 2019, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your […]

Saturday 10 August 2019, St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Feast.

by SBVM

Yesterday was the Feast of a twentieth century martyr; today we celebrate the Feast of a third century martyr. St Lawrence, when asked to produce the ‘treasures of the Church’, filled it with poor people, and declared, ‘These are the treasures of the Church’. St Luke’s version of the Beatitudes has: ‘Blessed are you poor, […]

Thursday 8 August 2019, St Dominic, Priest and Religious, Memoria.

by SBVM

Today we greet especially our Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, in Nashville, Tennessee, who have been our good friends for many years and who have given us invaluable assistance over the years in terms of our spiritual journey into the Church.   Here in England, we have the Dominican Priory and Church of Blackfriars in […]

Wednesday 7 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

There is an old feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on this day. Here are a few lines from St Bernard’s hymn ‘Jesu dulcis memoria’, traditional for this day, in the translation of Fr Edward Caswall, Cong. Orat:   ‘Jesus, the very thought of Thee / With sweetness fills the breast! / Yet sweeter […]

Tuesday 6 August 2019, The Transfiguration of the Lord, Feast.

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All three Synoptic Gospels tell of the Transfiguration, and here for the Year of Luke is part of his account:   ‘Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was […]

Monday 5 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

The squirrel that you see below looks for all the world as if it were wielding a camera … but not so! It was merely enjoying the extra ‘treats’ coming from the freshly cut grass …!   The Old Testament reading today is from the Book of Numbers, and here are a few verses: ‘Now […]

4 August 2019, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here are some words from our New Testament reading today: ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is […]

Saturday 3 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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St Bernard, the Cistercian who had a great devotion to the Mother of God, said this: ‘Let her be ever on thy lips, ever in thy heart; and the better to obtain the help of her prayers, imitate the example of her life. Following her, thou strayest not; invoking her, thou despairest not; thinking of […]