Saturday 25 June 2022, The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memoria.

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Here is Pope St John Paul II’s prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: ‘Oh, Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths […]

Friday 24 June 2022, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.

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Here are some words of the Visitandine St Margaret Mary Alacoque for the Feast: ‘The Sacred Heart is the symbol of that boundless love which moved the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take our sins upon Himself and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and sacrifice […]

Tuesday 21 June 2022, St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, Memoria.

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This sixteenth century Jesuit saint had a profound spiritual awakening at the age of 7. Reading about the Jesuits made him convinced that God was calling him there, but because of family pressures, it was some four years before he could enter. In 1591, the plague struck Rome, and the Jesuits opened a hospital to […]

Monday 20 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Alban, Protomartyr of England, and the saint after whom the city of St Albans is named. Here is part of Bede’s account of what happened: ‘Alban, being yet a pagan, at the time when the cruelties of wicked princes were raging against Christians, gave entertainment in his […]

Sunday 19 June 2022, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Solemnity.

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St Ambrose of Milan wrote: ‘You have read that in the creation, the words of Christ have power to change the natures of the elements. You have read that in the creation of the whole world He spoke and they came to be; He commanded and they were created. If Christ could by speaking create […]

Saturday 18 June 2022, The Dedication of St Chad’s Cathedral, Feast.

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Here is part of a traditional hymn for a Dedication Festival: ‘Blessed city, heavenly Salem, vision dear of peace and love, who of living stones art builded / in the height of heaven above, and, with angel hosts encircled, as a bride dost earthward move. … Many a blow and biting sculpture / polished well […]

Friday 17 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your […]

Thursday 16 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria in the Archdiocese of Birmingham of St Richard of Chichester, born towards the end of the twelfth century in what is today Droitwich in Worcestershire. The miracle associated with him is that of the dropped chalice. It is said that, tired and worn out, he dropped the chalice containing […]