Wednesday 12 June 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all […]

Tuesday 11 June 2024, St Barnabas, Apostle, Memoria.

by SBVM

Here is an account from Acts, when Barnabas is first named: ‘Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to […]

Monday 10 June 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Gospel is the Beatitudes, from St Matthew. Here is the first: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven’. St John Chrysostom commented: ‘What is meant by the poor in spirit? The humble and contrite in mind. For by spirit He has here designated the soul, and the faculty of choice. That is, since many are humble not willingly, […]

9 June 2024, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of our New Testament reading, from 2 Corinthians: ‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that […]

Saturday 8 June 2024, The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memoria.

by SBVM

This Memoria could be said to refer to the interior life of the Mother of God. It is said that at the time of the Annunciation she was in prayer, and she was undoubtedly in prayer as she stood by the Cross of her dying Son. She also lives out that purity of heart which […]

Friday 7 June 2024, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.

by SBVM

It was in 1765 that the devotion to the Sacred Heart received formal approval by Rome. St John Paul would later declare, ‘I wish to express my approval and encouragement to all who in any way continue to foster, study and promote devotion to the Heart of Christ’. Here is a prayer to the Sacred […]

Thursday 6 June 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

From today’s New Testament reading, from 2 Timothy: ‘I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which in Christ Jesus goes with eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; […]

Wednesday 5 June 2024, St Boniface, Bishop and Martyr, Memoria.

by SBVM

The image below is by Cornelis Bloemaert. St Boniface was a Benedictine monk, whose early life was spent in Devon, but who was martyred in Frisia, where he had gone to evangelise, partly there and partly in Germany. He is shown with the Cross, the sword by which he was martyred, and the Book of […]

Tuesday 4 June 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

From our New Testament reading, from 2 Peter: ‘According to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation’. ‘Be […]