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Thursday 22 October 2020, Memoria of St John Paul II, Pope.

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On 22 October 1978, the day of the inauguration of his pontificate, St John Paul II spoke these words: ‘All of you who are still seeking God, all of you who already have the inestimable good fortune to believe, and also you who are tormented by doubt: please listen once again, today in this sacred […]

Wednesday 21 October 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of Chapter 3 of the fourteenth century anonymous ‘Cloud of Unknowing’: ‘Lift up thine heart unto God with a meek stirring of love; and mean Himself, and none of His goods. … For at the first time when thou dost it, thou findest but a darkness; and as it were a cloud […]

Tuesday 20 October 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks’. Our Lord urges us towards a state of constant readiness […]

Monday 19 October 2020, Optional Memoria of St Frideswide, Abbess.

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St Frideswide, patroness of the city and university of Oxford, died about the year 735. She was the Foundress of a monastery that followed the Rule of Our Holy Father St Benedict, and it is said of her that she took as her maxim, ‘Whatsoever is not God is nothing’. May she pray for us, […]

18 October 2020, Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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This year, we lose the feast of St Luke as it falls upon a Sunday … but we can nevertheless call upon the patron saint of healing on this day, to ask his prayers for the sick of our world, especially all those who are suffering as a result of coronavirus. The Psalmist prayed: ‘You […]

Friday 16 October 2020, Optional Memoria of St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin.

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This Apostle of the Sacred Heart said, ‘We must never be discouraged or give way to anxiety … but ever have recourse to the adorable Heart of Jesus’. Near us here in north Birmingham is the church of St Margaret Mary, Perry Common, and we greet Fr Simon and the parishioners there, on their patronal […]

Thursday 15 October 2020, St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church.

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This well-known prayer of St Teresa of Avila is particularly suited to a time of pandemic: ‘Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices’. God never changes … God alone suffices … Let us take […]

Wednesday 14 October 2020, Optional Memoria of St Callistus I, Pope and Martyr.

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Here is part of today’s New Testament reading, from Galatians: ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk […]

Tuesday 13 October 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘Give for alms those things which are within …’ How do we live out Our Lord’s words from today’s Gospel? It is through love – and love cannot but express itself in deeds. St Francis de Sales, in his ‘Treatise on the Love of God’, wrote: ‘Upon a day St Frances [of Rome] was reciting […]