3 November 2019, Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

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.

by SBVM

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 […]

Friday 1 November 2019, Solemnity of All Saints.

by SBVM

These lines follow on from today’s reading from the Apocalypse: ‘Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night within his temple; and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor […]

Thursday 31 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

From today’s New Testament, from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans: ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to […]

Wednesday 30 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

This fox, appears fast asleep, but has one ear cocked, to pick up the slightest sound … so it should be with us: ready and waiting for the slightest word from our Lord, as He speaks to us in the Liturgy and in all the details of our lives, even the smallest ones. As the […]

Tuesday 29 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

This little blackbird, pictured below, was taking the last opportunity for a meal at dusk the other evening … In our New Testament reading today, from Romans, there are these words: ‘Hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we […]

Monday 28 October 2019, Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles, Feast.

by SBVM

Today we give thanks that, in the Church, we are built upon apostolic foundations. As St Paul wrote: ‘You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom […]

27 October 2019, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is today’s Gospel: ‘He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like […]

Friday 25 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

by SBVM

Here is part of our New Testament reading for today, from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans: ‘For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do […]