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Saturday 31 July 2021, St Ignatius Loyola, Priest, Memoria.


The former soldier and founder of the Jesuit order died in 1556. Pope Benedict XVI said of him: ‘St Ignatius of Loyola was first and foremost a man of God who in his life put God, his greatest glory and his greatest service, first. He was a profoundly prayerful man for whom the daily celebration […]

Wednesday 28 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.


Here is today’s Gospel: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one […]

Tuesday 27 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.


From today’s Old Testament reading, from Exodus: ‘Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show […]

25 July 2021, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


‘A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.” But his servant said, “How am I to set this before a hundred men?” So he repeated, “Give […]

Saturday 24 July 2021, Optional Memoria of St Sharbel Makhluf, Priest.


Born in Lebanon in 1828, he grew up in a pious home and had two uncles who were hermits. He himself entered Maronite monastic life in 1851, being ordained a priest in 1859. In 1875 he embarked upon the hermit life, which he lived faithfully until his death on Christmas Eve in 1898. He said: […]

Thursday 22 July 2021, St Mary Magdalen, Feast.


The face of Mary Magdalen is the face of one who has gazed upon Truth, and so has found peace. This is the face of the one who, it is said, overtaken by Love, spent her last years in prayer in a cave in the south of France. ‘She who loved much’, and so was […]