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Wednesday 22 January 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel reading, the story of the man with the withered hand: ‘And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and […]

Tuesday 21 January 2020, St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, Memoria.

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This fourth century young Virgin Martyr is one of seven early Christian Martyrs commemorated in the Roman Canon of the Mass, alongside Saints Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Cecilia and Anastasia. We treasure their memory. May St Agnes pray for us, and all the saints surround us with their prayers, and may God bless you this […]

Monday 20 January 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From our Old Testament reading, from 1 Samuel: ‘Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams’. Words from the Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict come instantly to mind: ‘Hearken, my son, to the precepts of thy master and incline the ear of thy heart; freely receive […]

19 January 2020, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’. In these dark days of January, the light is shining ever more strongly, and this applies spiritually even more so. The Light of the Incarnate Word of God ‘has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the […]

Friday 17 January 2020, St Anthony, Abbot, Memoria.

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Here is an image of the great Father of monasticism, St Anthony of Egypt, whose monastery still exists today, by the Red Sea, in Egypt. He said: ‘The truly intelligent man pursues one sole objective: to obey and conform to the God of all. With this single aim in view, he disciplines his soul, and […]

Thursday 16 January 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel reading: ‘And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean’. The compassion, […]

Tuesday 14 January 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Our Old Testament readings at present are from the First Book of Samuel. Today’s reading tells of his mother Hannah’s desperate prayer for a son, and God’s response to her prayer. The name ‘Samuel’ means ‘heard of God’ or ‘Name of God’, a fitting designation for such a great prophet. Our prayer is always ‘heard […]