Saturday 14 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart’. St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘The fountain of every blessing is Christ; “Who of God was also made unto us wisdom”: for in Him we are made wise, and filled […]

Friday 13 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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As we remember the Lord’s Passion on this Friday, and perhaps have the opportunity to make the Stations of the Cross, let us pray for all who are suffering as a result of the pandemic – those who have caught the disease, those who care for them, those who are bereaved, and all who are […]

Thursday 12 November 2020, Memoria of St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, “Lo, here it is!” or “There!” for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you’ – or, with the alternative reading, ‘within you’. St Gregory of Nyssa wrote: ‘Or, perhaps, the […]

Wednesday 11 November 2020, St Martin of Tours, Bishop, Feast.

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Today we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sr Rosemary Clare, professed on this day fifty years ago. We give thanks for her faithful years of service all these many years, and ask for a fresh outpouring of grace on her for the years still to come. ‘Ecce ancilla Domini’ … as is our motto. May […]

Monday 9 November 2020, The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast.

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The apse mosaic, pictured below, is full of interesting detail: for instance, the cross above the hill of paradise has four rivers of life flowing from it. The saints alongside the cross are Our Lady (with the donor Pope kneeling at her feet), with Saints Francis, Peter and Paul, and on the other side Saints […]

Saturday 7 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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Here is part of a prayer to Mary, by St Anselm of Canterbury: ‘Mary, great Mary, most blessed of all Marys, greatest among all women, great Lady, great beyond measure, I long to love you with all my heart, I want to praise you with my lips, I desire to venerate you in my understanding, […]

Friday 6 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here are the last words of our New Testament reading today, from Philippians: ‘Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved’. These are words eminently suitable for a time of pandemic; when all seems chaos, we are exhorted to stand firm – […]

Thursday 5 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Gospel reading. From St Luke, gives us the parables of the Lost Sheep, and the Lost Coin. St Ambrose comments: ‘You had learned above to avoid negligence, to avoid arrogance, to acquire devotion, not to be captive to the affairs of the world, not to prefer what perishes to what lasts. But as human […]