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Glory of God

In Praise of the Riches of Autumn

 The world is charged with the glory of God 鈥 so wrote the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins 鈥 glory to Him for all the beauty of creation.For simple things that we take so much for granted 鈥 water supply and food and air, for lions and tigers and grass-hoppers alike 鈥 spiders and peacocks and swallows 鈥渙n the run鈥.For giving us food from the soil, brown bread from an ear of corn and wine from the vine to keep us cheerful.Now in these autumn days we thank you Father for the berries in black-berry bushes and fruits and hazel-nuts 鈥 for the beauty of autumn colours with their variety of hues of soft browns and golden yellow orange tints 鈥 bright reds to catch the little birds eye.  Praise to you too for those glorious sunrises and sunsets that artists and poets never tire of proclaiming by word or […]

By |October 2nd, 2013|Prayer|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |September 15th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

21st Sunday of Year C 2013

 “They will proclaim my glory to the nations” (Isaiah 66:20)There are several themes running through this Sunday鈥檚 liturgy and the one that spoke most to me was the call to 鈥減roclaim my glory to the nations鈥 and the invitation to be a witness 鈥渢o my glory鈥漹.19.I found these words of life extraordinary 鈥 really like a rallying call to us, coming almost immediately after our Cardinal consecrated Irelandto the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Is the Lord calling us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as the Gospel today tells us – 鈥淭hrough towns and villages Jesus went preaching鈥︹ Lk.13.22  proclaiming the glory of his Father to both Jews and Gentiles alike.Remember how after the miracle at the Wedding of Cana 鈥楬e let his glory be seen and his disciples believed in him鈥 Jn.2.12  and later he prays 鈥楩ather, I have given them the glory you gave to me that […]

A Bumblebee and the Death of Christ

In our ancient Celtic legends stories of the loyalty of animals to several saints abound. Perhaps one of the best known is about Columba. Knowing that his death was approaching he made a tour of his monastery. As he paused for rest, the old white horse that carried the milk pails for the monks approached and laid his head against Columba’s breast and as if mourning he seemed to weep for his friend. A story is also told about Kevin of Glendalough, who allowed a blackbird to hatch her eggs on his outstretched hand where she had built her nest while he prayed!So perhaps it is not altogether out of keeping that a bumble bee had much to say to me recently. I met him sitting on a wall sunbathing {it was still mid-March} An elegant looking fellow he was, complete with yellow decorations accross his back! What caught […]