19 May 2019, Fifth Sunday of Easter.

by SBVM

Here is today’s second Mass reading, from the Apocalypse: ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride […]

Saturday 18 May 2019, Easter Feria.

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In our Mass readings, we are continuing with the Last Discourses in the Gospel of John. In today’s extract, we read this question of our Lord to His disciples: ‘Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me?’ St John Chrysostom comments on these words in a homily, using […]

Friday 17 May 2019, Easter Feria.

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‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me’. These words are from our Gospel reading for today. The great Origen commented on these words as follows: ‘Now the way of the Lord is made straight in two fashions. First, in the way of contemplation, when thought […]

Thursday 16 May 2019, Easter Feria.

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‘Our’ mother fox has been seen with four cubs, and here she is, tenderly cherishing one of them. Such is the tender love of our Lord for us. As the fourteenth century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, wrote: ‘Our Lord shewed me a spiritual sight of His homely loving. I saw that He is to […]

Wednesday 15 May 2019, St Pachomius, Abbot, Memoria.

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Today’s saint is venerated as the father of cenobitic monastic life, that is to say the common life, monastic life lived together with others. Living in the fourth century, he received several angelic visitations, one of which is pictured below. At the beginning of his monastic life, an angel from God appeared to him wearing […]

Tuesday 14 May 2019, St Matthias, Apostle, Feast.

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Today’s feast commemorates the Apostle who was chosen by lot to take the place of the traitor, Judas. What a difficult place to fill! Here in the icon we see his gentleness and humility, his readiness to undertake all that would be asked of him, his openness. We pray today for all who are asked […]

Monday 13 May 2019, Our Lady of Fatima, Optional Memoria.

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Of the three shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima apparitions in 1917, only Lucia, on the left in the image below, lived to a great age. Her path is described as ‘a pathway under the gaze of Mary’. Initially as a Sister of St Dorothy, and later as a Carmelite, her mission was to spread […]

12 May 2019, Fourth Sunday of Easter.

by SBVM

This is today’s very short Gospel reading: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able […]

Friday 10 May 2019, Easter Feria.

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Today at Mass we have one of the great accounts of the conversion of St Paul: ‘Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” And he said, “Who are […]