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Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross

A short video clip from our veneration of the Cross during the Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion today.

Daffodils

As I wandered round our garden, a few days ago, looking sadly at our 鈥渉osts of golden daffodils鈥 which had given us so much joy and delight in recent weeks, but now were withering and dying in the bitter April winds that were sweeping across the lawns, Isaiah chapter 53 came spontaneously to mind :
鈥淪ee my Servant鈥︹

as the crowds were appalled on seeing him, so disfigured did he look that he seemed no longer human鈥

Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground.

No look to attract our eyes,

without beauty, without majesty we saw him鈥.

a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.鈥
There, in the dying daffodils, I could visualise Jesus writhing in pain, being bent to the ground, buffeted by the wind 鈥 his skin drying up鈥. many flowers had already fallen 鈥 rejected 鈥 no longer any use to decorate our altars […]

3rd Sunday 鈥揅ycle A 鈥 26th January 2014

   We read about darkness, deep shadow and oppression in Isaiah; factions, jealousies and rivalries tearing the Corinthian Christians apart; and in the Gospel her hear about the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus鈥 need to withdraw from danger and people suffering from all kinds of disease and sickness. Reflecting on this morning鈥檚 Mass Readings one can surmise that the world of Isaiah, Paul and Matthew was not too different from the world in which we live.Yet in the midst of all this darkness, oppression, uncertainty and sin Jesus proclaims the Good News to us as much as to the people of Galilee鈥 inviting us to repent, to have a change of heart!Peter, Andrew, James and John must have experienced the transforming power of Jesus鈥 love and responded to his invitation to repent and have a change of heart in order to be ready to respond so spontaneously and […]

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    Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – 14th September

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – 14th September

At Vespers this evening we will sing: 鈥淭his is Love鈥檚 great deed that death should die, when life itself was slain up the tree.鈥  Here we are faced with a paradox 鈥 a paradox which human nature has always found difficult to grasp 鈥 and which is even more difficult nowadays.  At Lauds we sang: 鈥淭he holy Cross shines in splendour鈥; 鈥淭he holy Cross shines upon us, in the Cross is victory, in the Cross is power.  By the Cross every sin is overcome.鈥  We may ask ourselves if we experience some of this victory and power in our daily lives. And if not why not?The following passage from St Andrew of Cretewhich we read at Office of Readings is particularly beautiful: We are celebrating the feast of the Cross, whereby darkness was dispelled and the light restored. We are celebrating the feast of the Cross and with the […]

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The Cross and Veritas

There is a very close link between the Cross and Veritas (Truth) – the motto of the Dominican Order. 鈥淭he Cross verifies the truth about God and the truth about humankind鈥- (Pope Benedict)The truth about God: When we look at the Cross we are left in no doubt of God鈥檚 infinite love 鈥 the Cross is the epiphany of God’s infinite love for us sinful creatures – at the very moment when we are turned away from Him and lost in our own selfishness He turned as it were against himself in order to raise us up and save us. This is how God loves.The truth about humans: the Cross reveals the dignity of every person 鈥 how precious we are in God鈥檚 sight that He should die for us!But the Cross does not rob us of joy 鈥 the contrary is true as we sing […]