Thursday 12 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Here is what St Bernard had to say: ‘Following her, you will never go astray. Asking her help, you will never despair. Keeping her in your thoughts, you will never wander away. With your hand in hers, you will never stumble. With […]

Wednesday 11 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate […]

Monday 9 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church’. These words come from Colossians, and form part of our New Testament reading today. They speak to us of the value of burdens borne […]

Sunday 8 September 2019, Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here are two sentences from today’s Gospel: ‘Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple,’ and: ‘Whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple’. In the Bible, the section is headed ‘The Cost of Discipleship’, which is also the title of a […]

Saturday 7 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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Today, Br Benedict Manning Cong. Orat., is to be ordained to the Diaconate in the Oxford Oratory. We pray for him, for many graces both for him and for the Oxford Oratory. It was in their Church, more than six years ago now, that we were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, […]

Friday 6 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time, and First Friday.

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St Margaret Mary, Apostle of the Sacred Heart, wrote: ‘We must never be discouraged or give way to anxiety … but ever have recourse to the adorable Heart of Jesus’. On this First Friday, let us renew our dedication to the Sacred Heart of our Lord, which has so loved us. May that love enfold […]

Thursday 5 September 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s New Testament reading: ‘We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you […]

Wednesday 4 September 2019, St Cuthbert, Bishop, Optional Memoria.

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This great saint of the North is embedded in the Catholic memory of our country, for his life of prayer and service to the entire people of God. Here is a little of what St Bede the Venerable says of him: ‘The same year that King Egfrid departed this life, he (as has been said) […]