Thursday 22 August 2019, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Memoria.

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This beautiful Memoria concludes the Octave of the Assumption. Although the Octave is not now formally kept in our Calendar, it is there in our hearts and deeply rooted. Here are some lines from St Bernard on our Lady: ‘In dangers, in hardships, in every doubt, think of Mary, call out to Mary. Keep her […]

Wednesday 21 August 2019, St Pius X, Pope, Memoria.

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In May 1913, Pope Pius X received Abbot Columba Marmion OSB and Abbot Aelred Carlyle OSB in audience. The latter, together with his Community, was in the process of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. This audience was an important milestone in their journey and it was in the following month that […]

Monday 19 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘Jesus said to him [the rich young ruler], “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”’ This passage from today’s Gospel lies at the heart of many a vocation to consecrated life, from St Antony the Great […]

18 August 2019, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Some words from today’s Gospel: ‘I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptised with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!’ What is this baptism with which Jesus is to be baptised? It is, of course, the baptism of His death […]

Saturday 17 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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‘Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”’. This is part of today’s Gospel reading, and it applies not only to […]

Friday 16 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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The week following the Assumption of the Virgin is always a special time for us, with our Marian charism. So, even in these days of ‘Ordinary’ Time, Our Lady’s presence is specially near. The Church applies these words from the Song of Songs to her: ‘Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as […]

Thursday 15 August 2019, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity.

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting from Lumen Gentium, says of this mystery: “‘Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so […]

Wednesday 14 August 2019, St Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr.

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The Polish Friar, martyred by the Nazis by lethal injection in 1941, offered his life in exchange for that of a man with a wife and family. He belonged to the Conventual Franciscan Friars, who have a strong presence in this country with a Formation House in Oxford. St Maximilian Mary had a great devotion […]

Tuesday 13 August 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Old Testament reading gives us Moses’ last words to Joshua, who would succeed him: ‘Then Moses summoned Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage; for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them; and […]