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Monday 25 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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On this day, St Catherine of Alexandria is commemorated. The ancient monastery named after her is in Sinai. It belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church, and is situated at the place of the appearance of God to Moses at the Burning Bush. It predates the division of the Church into East and West, and so […]

24 November 2019, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity.

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Pope Benedict XVI said in an Angelus for this day in 2012: ‘This Solemnity comes at the end of the liturgical year and sums up the mystery of Jesus “firstborn from the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth”, broadening our gaze towards the complete fulfilment of the Kingdom of God, when God […]

Saturday 23 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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Julian of Norwich wrote: ‘I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wrappeth us, claspeth us, and all encloseth us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us all-thing that is good, as to mine understanding. Also […]

Friday 22 November 2019, St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Memoria.

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Two great singers for God – St Mechtild, 19 November, and today St Cecilia, usually pictured with a musical instrument. Psalm 150 has these lines: ‘Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with […]

Thursday 21 November 2019, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Memoria.

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The icon of Our Lady of Vladimir, pictured below, was just catching the golden rays of the setting sun when the photographer happened to pass by … Today’s feast, which has ancient roots, commemorates a younger Mary, in fact the beloved child of Anne and Joachim who presented and dedicated her to God in the […]

Wednesday 20 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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This aperture in a bank in our garden is a mere twelve inches high, but looks as if it could be the entire height of a human person! We think the foxes may use it to take their rest … Many of the saints spent time in caves, to give themselves entirely to prayer, as […]

Tuesday 19 November 2019, St Mechtilde, Virgin, Memoria.

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This thirteenth century Benedictine nun was known as the ‘Nightingale of Helfta’. The Lord said to her: ‘Everything you have and by which you can please me you have from me and through me’. She never forgot this, and was faithful throughout her life, as Novice Mistress and Choir Mistress. One of her novices was […]

17 November 2019, Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives’. These are the final words of today’s Gospel […]

Saturday 16 November 2019, St Gertrude, Memoria.

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This great Benedictine saint wrote: ‘I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision of God’. May we find time in our busy days to do […]