Wednesday 29 June 2022, Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity.

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Both of these saints experienced dramatic moments of conversion: St Peter, at the time of his denial of Christ, and St Paul on the Damascus Road. St Peter is also known for his profound confession of Christ: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God’. In our own conversions and trials of faith, […]

Tuesday 28 June 2022, St Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr, Memoria.

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Born in the first half of the second century, St Irenaeus is known to have seen and heard the saintly Bishop Polycarp, who in turn had known the Apostle John. So his lineage is illustrious. Ordained a priest of the Church of Lyons, he later became its Bishop. His episcopate was marked by many battles […]

26 June 2022, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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This year we have seen no less than four fox cubs, though only three were around when this image was taken! Today’s New Testament reading is taken from Galatians, and here is part of it: ‘You were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through […]

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 […]