Thursday 11 April 2024, St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, Memoria.

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Born near Krakow in 1030, he became a priest and was ordained bishop of Krakow in 1072. Later, he was to become involved in the political situation in Poland, and was known for his outspokenness. He directly opposed the king, excommunicating him. The king ordered him killed, and when the soldiers refused, the king killed […]

Wednesday 10 April 2024, Easter Feria.

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From today’s Gospel, again from St John: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The ninth century Alcuin of York commented: ‘Truly through the Son of God shall the world have life; for no other cause came He […]

Tuesday 9 April 2024, Easter Feria.

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Today’s Gospel gives us part of the account of the encounter between Nicodemus and Our Lord. Here is an extract: ‘Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born anew. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither […]

Monday 8 April 2024, Solemnity of the Annunciation, transferred.

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The proximity of today’s Solemnity to yesterday’s Solemnity is intriguing and gives pause for thought. One could say that the Annunciation is the beginning of God’s mercy shown forth – not that Divine Mercy was ever absent – but its concrete and definitive expression in the Incarnation begins to take shape. St Ephrem the Syrian […]

7 April 2024, Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

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From St Faustina’s Diary: Christ said, ‘I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My […]

6 April 2024, Easter Saturday, Solemnity.

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From today’s Gospel, from the ‘Longer Ending’ of St Mark’s Gospel: ‘And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation”’. St Augustine wrote: ‘The command to the apostles to be witnesses to him … even to the uttermost parts of the earth was not addressed exclusively […]

5 April 2024, Easter Friday, Solemnity.

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From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find […]

4 April 2024, Easter Thursday, Solemnity.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high’. ‘Stay in the city …’ This is a powerful injunction from the Lord to stay stable while we wait for the power of the Spirit […]

3 April 2024, Easter Wednesday, Solemnity.

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Today’s Gospel gives us the account of the appearance of the Lord to the disciples walking to Emmaus: ‘While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as […]

2 April 2024, Easter Tuesday, Solemnity.

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From today’s Gospel: Jesus said to her [Mary Magdalene], ‘“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and […]