Monday 11 November 2019, St Martin of Tours, Bishop, Feast.

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The image below shows the soldier Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar. Later in his life, he was to become a monk and hermit, and later still, a bishop. His monastery of St Martin de Ligugé is still there today, after many vicissitudes, closures, and re-openings. May he pray for us, for all monastics, […]

10 November 2019, Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Some words from our New Testament reading today, from 2 Thessalonians: ‘Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you. … We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things which we command. May the Lord […]

Saturday 9 November 2019, The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast.

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Founded during the fourth century in honour of Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, St John Lateran Archbasilica is the Cathedral of Rome; hence, it is considered to be the Mother Church of all the Catholic faithful. Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading; ‘Then he brought me back to the door of […]

Friday 8 November 2019, All Saints of the Benedictine Order, Memoria.

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The image below is of St Gertrude, but today we commemorate all those who like her have followed the precepts of the holy Rule, served under an Abbot or Abbess, and dwelt in community. ‘Hearken, my son, to the precepts of thy master and incline the ear of thy heart; freely receive and faithfully fulfil […]

Thursday 7 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when […]

Wednesday 6 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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We hope you enjoy these tiny clovers, peeping out from between the paving stones! From today’s reading from Romans: ‘Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbour has fulfilled the law’. And no one who loves his neighbour for the sake of Christ can fail to love God, […]

Tuesday 5 November 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s New Testament reading: ‘Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs […]

Monday 4 November 2019, St Charles Borromeo, Bishop, Memoria.

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This saintly sixteenth century Bishop wrote: ‘If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the […]

3 November 2019, Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Old Testament reading: ‘Thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things, and thou dost overlook men’s sins, that they may repent. For thou lovest all things that exist, and hast loathing for none of the things which thou hast made, for thou wouldst not have made anything if thou hadst hated […]

Saturday 2 November 2019, Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

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From the Roman Martyrology: ‘On this day is observed the commemoration of the faithful departed, in which our common and pious Mother the Church, immediately after having endeavoured to celebrate by worthy praise all her children who already rejoice in heaven, strives to aid by her powerful intercession with Christ, her Lord and Spouse, all […]