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Tuesday 18 January 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Today, the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity begins. Here is St John Henry Newman’s prayer: ‘O Lord Jesus Christ, who, when Thou wast about to suffer, didst pray for Thy disciples to the end of time that they might all be one, as Thou art in the Father, and the Father in Thee, look […]

Monday 17 January 2022, St Anthony, Abbot, Memoria.


The image shows the entrance to St Anthony’s cave, high above the desert plateau, near the Red Sea in Egypt. St Athanasius describes the call of Anthony in this way: ‘After the death of his father and mother he was left alone with one little sister: his age was about eighteen or twenty, and on […]

16 January 2022, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Today’s Gospel gives us the miracle at Cana, when Jesus changed the water into wine. Two things stand out from this passage. Firstly, Mary doesn’t tell Jesus what to do – she simply says, ‘They have no wine’. Here is the supreme model for intercession – to make the people, or the situation, known to […]

Friday 14 January 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Here is today’s Gospel, from Mark: ‘And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.  And they came, bringing to him […]

Wednesday 12 January 2022, Memoria of St Benet Biscop, Abbot.


The roots of monasticism in our country are deep and strong, outliving all challenges and threats to their existence. This is, at least in part, because it is grounded in the life of the early Church: ‘And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed […]

Sunday 9 January 2022, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.


Here is St Luke’s account of the Lord’ Baptism: ‘Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I […]