Thursday 14 October 2021, Optional Memoria of St Callistus I, Pope and Martyr.

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St Callistus is revered throughout the world for his exercise of mercy towards sinners who had publicly repented; he also established the discipline of the Sacrament of Penance, and provided for the burial of martyrs in the catacombs of Rome. He died in 222 or 223 and is venerated as the patron saint of those […]

Wednesday 13 October 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Edward the Confessor, the last but one Anglo-Saxon King of England. It was he who established Westminster Abbey, and his shrine is still a place of pilgrimage. Pope Benedict prayed there during his Apostolic Visit to our country in 2010. In the challenges of our own time, […]

Tuesday 12 October 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel reading, from St Luke: ‘give for alms those things which are within …’. What might this mean? The ‘spiritual works of mercy’ come to mind. These are: to instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish the sinner; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive offences willingly; to comfort the afflicted; and […]

Monday 11 October 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Securely held, but upside down … this is what the image below conveys. It is often this way in our spiritual lives – all of life is upside down, and we with it, but at the same time, our heavenly Father has us safely held. St Thérèse of Lisieux wrote, paraphrasing St John of the […]

10 October 2021, Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Old Testament reading is from the Book of Wisdom, and gives us an insight into King Solomon’s high regard for the gift of Holy Wisdom: ‘Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to sceptres and thrones, and I […]

Friday 8 October 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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These words conclude our Old Testament reading for today, from the prophet Joel: ‘“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart” …’ Conversion of life is one of the cornerstones of Benedictine spirituality. It means that, at all times and in all circumstances, our whole being should be turned towards the Lord, […]

Thursday 7 October 2021, The Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary, Memoria.

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Pope St John Paul II said in 2002: ‘The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, […]