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Wednesday 6 October 2021, St Bruno, Hermit, Memoria.

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This eleventh century saint founded the Carthusian Order at La Grande Chartreuse, an Order that still flourishes today. It is based on solitude, lived in community, inspired by the fourth century hermit communities of the Holy Land. In this country, the Carthusians are to be found today at Parkminster, in Sussex. Their statutes explain their […]

Monday 4 October 2021, St Francis of Assisi, Memoria.

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Here is a prayer of St Francis: ‘Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, sure hope and perfect charity. Fill me with understanding and knowledge that I may fulfil your command’. St Francis is also well known for his commitment to peace. May he pray for us this […]

3 October 2021, Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Gospel reading, from St Mark: ‘And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of […]

Saturday 2 October 2021, The Holy Guardian Angels, Memoria.

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Some words from the book of Exodus: ‘Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice’. And our Lord Himself: ‘See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for […]

Thursday 30 September 2021, St Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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St Jerome’s rapport with creatures of the wild – especially lions – shows us how, in the lives of holy men and women, paradise relationships are restored, and among them communion with the animals and birds of God’s creation. St Jerome is also familiar to us for his translation of the Old Testament into Latin […]

Wednesday 29 September 2021, St Michael and All the Angels, Feast.

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: ‘St. Augustine says: “Angel” is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is “spirit”; if you seek the name of their office, it is “angel”: … With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of […]

Tuesday 28 September 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem’. These words constitute a major shift in the Gospel account. They follow on, almost immediately, from the story of the Transfiguration, where Jesus discusses His departure, His ‘Exodus’, which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem. So, […]

Monday 27 September 2021, St Vincent de Paul, Priest, Memoria.

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In these times, the St Vincent de Paul Society responds to the needs of the poor in so many ways, and is a highly respected Catholic organisation. St Vincent de Paul said: ‘We must love our neighbour as being made in the image of God and as an object of His Love’. May we ourselves […]