Wednesday 25 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is part of our New Testament reading for today, from the Apocalypse: ‘And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their […]

Tuesday 24 November 2020, Memoria of St Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs.

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From the seventeenth through to the nineteenth century, it is estimated that between 130,000 and 300,000 Vietnamese Catholics were martyred. Today’s saint, the priest Andrew Dung-Lac, was killed in hatred of the faith with 116 others. There are many Vietnamese nowadays in our own country, some of them priests, who serve with faithfulness and uncompromising […]

Monday 23 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the commemoration of St Columban, or Columbanus, a sixth century Irish monk. He was educated in County Down and entered monastic life there. In about 590, he left Ireland with some twelve monks and went to Gaul. There, he founded several monasteries. He was indicted by a synod of French bishop for […]

Friday 20 November 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel reading: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’. This verse refers back to the prophet Isaiah: ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples’. ‘My house’ can be a distinct place of worship, the Church, or indeed the individual soul. As St Paul wrote: ‘Do you not […]

Thursday 19 November 2020, St Mechtild, Virgin, Memoria.

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This thirteenth century nun once said to her Sisters, ‘Let us all, full of holy desire, hasten to venerate the sweetest countenance of Our Lord, which will in Heaven be our All – all that a glorified soul can desire!’ As the psalmist said, ‘My heart has said of you, “Seek his Face”: your Face, […]

Tuesday 17 November 2020, St Elizabeth of Hungary, Optional Memoria.

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Here is part of today’s New Testament reading, from the Apocalypse: ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me’. This recalls instantly George Herbert’s poem, ‘Love bade me welcome’: ‘Love bade […]

Monday 16 November 2020, St Gertrude, Virgin, Memoria.

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St Gertrude wrote: ‘I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the Host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours in the beatific vision of God’. May the prayers of this beautiful saint assist us in our spiritual journey, […]