Wednesday 21 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went […]

Tuesday 20 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Old Testament reading, continuing the story of the Exodus: ‘Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on […]

Monday 19 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Today’s Old Testament reading contains these amazing words: ‘The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still’. They come in the context of the Exodus from Egypt, after Pharaoh had discovered the Israelites’ departure, and pursued them with a mighty army. ‘You have only to be still …’ The eighth century Sinaitic Abbot […]

18 July 2021, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘For he is our peace …’ These words come from our New Testament reading for today, from Ephesians. St John Henry Newman wrote: ‘God is the God of peace, and in giving us peace He does but give Himself, He does but manifest Himself to us; for His presence is peace. Hence our Lord, in […]

Saturday 17 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From our Old Testament reading, from the book of Exodus: ‘And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any provisions’. Here is the origin of our […]

Friday 16 July 2021, The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, Optional Memoria.

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This feast was first celebrated in the late fourteenth century, and commemorates the giving of the ‘Brown Scapular’ to St Simon Stock, an Englishman, on this day in 1251. Our Lady said to him, ‘Receive, my beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that […]

Thursday 15 July 2021, St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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Of this thirteenth century Franciscan saint, Pope Benedict XVI said: ‘What image of St Francis emerged from the heart and pen of his follower and successor, St Bonaventure? The key point: Francis is an alter Christus, a man who sought Christ passionately. In the love that impelled Francis to imitate Christ, he was entirely conformed to Christ. […]

Wednesday 14 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and […]

Tuesday 13 July 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel reading, from Matthew: ‘Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent’. The mighty works are not spectacles to be viewed and then forgotten, they are meant to lead to repentance. May the action of God in our own lives, […]

Monday 12 July 2021, The Solemnity of St Benedict, transferred.

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‘Listen, my son …’ These opening words of the Holy Rule frame the content of the whole of Benedictine life: to listen, to incline the ear of the heart, to receive, and faithfully put into practice. There is not much left to say! May the warm, compassionate gaze of our Holy Father St Benedict be […]