Saturday 20 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Gospel reading, from St Matthew, quotes from the first Servant Song of Isaiah. Here is part of it: ‘Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles’. These words are echoed also in […]

Friday 19 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’ – Our Lord quotes this verse from the prophet Hosea in today’s Gospel reading. Clement of Alexandria quotes in turn on Hosea’s text: ‘For to everyone who has turned to God in truth and with a whole heart, the doors are open …’ Today, let us turn to God […]

Thursday 18 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘The grass withers, the flower fades; but the Word of our God will stand for ever’. Isaiah’s words reach deep into our hearts, where the Word of God abides. That Word is Christ Himself, there through our Baptism, and present in our hearts each time we receive Holy Communion. St Thérése prayed, ‘Remain in me […]

Wednesday 17 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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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 16 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This feast celebrates Our Lady as patroness of the Carmelite Order, and so we greet all members of the Carmelite Order, whether in Community or living out the spirit of Carmel in secular life. Here is a prayer to Our Lady of Mount […]

Monday 15 July 2024, St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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This thirteenth century Franciscan was known as the ‘Seraphic Doctor’ for his writings on mystical theology. He said: ‘When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard, more than the proceedings from the mouth’. May our words in prayer indeed issue from our heart, and may our heart express itself most fully, by […]

14 July 2024, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of our New Testament reading, from Ephesians: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before […]

Saturday 13 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Old Testament reading is from Isaiah: ‘In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with […]

Friday 12 July 2024, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, from Hosea: ‘I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall blossom as the lily, he shall strike root as the poplar; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like […]