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Joy

Happy Christmas to all our readers

We wish all our readers of this blog the peace and joy of Christmas Christmas reflection 锘库淕od sent His Son born of a woman to enable us to be adopted as sons鈥 鈥 can we ever grasp the depth of this mystery which we celebrate tonight? Eternity will not be long enough to plumb its depths.I would like to reflect a little on Mary鈥檚 role in this mystery of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God.  鈥淪he is the one who opened her heart to faith and her bosom to her Maker鈥 as we read in St Bernard during the week.  She put her young life at the disposal of her Creator 鈥 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  But Mary鈥檚 role did not end there 鈥 she continued to ponder the Word in her heart and accompanied her Son to the foot of the Cross […]

By |December 24th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

2nd Sunday of Advent

 鈥淭he Lord has done great things for usWe are filled with joy鈥 (Psalm 125)By directing our attention away from ourselves to focus instead on what God has done and is doing in the Church and in each of our lives, today鈥檚 Mass readings provide a wonderful message of hope: It is the Holy One who 鈥榬emembers鈥 us and comes to us in the wilderness of our lives and  makes us 鈥榡ubilant鈥 as He came of old to the Israelites in their exile and as he came to John in the wilderness.  So it is in the wilderness of our lives – with it pain and heart break, its anxieties and preoccupations – that we hear the Word of the Lord inviting us to repent of our sinful and all too human outlook and to prepare  a way for His coming.   In the first reading the prophet Baruch invites us to […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

Novena to St Dominic – Day 8

Continuing our reflection on St Dominic in preparation for his feast, here is an extract from “The Genius of St Dominic” by Marie Humbert Vicaire OP.The Liberty of the ‘Poor Man’The Bull of Recommendation of the Order to the bishops of December 8, 1219, which already contained the essential terms of the Bull to the brethern of December 12, added a precision. It said that the Preachers ‘reject the burden of worldly riches so as to be able to run more freely (expeditius) in the field of this world’. Some months later the text in the Bologna Constitutions that is expressly attributed to Dominic would use the same word. If those who are deputed to study and preaching are set free from every temporal charge, it is ‘so that they can better fulfil their spiritual mission in a greater liberty (expeditius).’ The image behind the word is that of […]

5th Sunday of Easter

Gospel: Jn.14:1-12 Jesus said to his disciples: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you and after I have gone and prepared a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. In the above few sentences from today’s Gospel according to St. John, we are being prepared for the forthcoming celebration of our Lord’s Ascension in two weeks time. Jesus is telling us that he is going to prepare a place for us, yes, for each of us individually. This is truly an amazing statement from Jesus when we really think it through. We know so well those beautiful and encouraging words of holy Scripture – […]

Gospel Reflection: 3rd Sunday of the Year

The Communion Antiphon for this 3rd Sunday of the year urges us to “Look up to the Lord with gladness and smile …”.Julian of Norwich, in the 15th Century, also reminds us that it is “in this, Our Lord wills that we be occupied – having joy in him for he has joy in us”.If joy, as has been said, “is gladness of heart in the presence of the Beloved” then “greatly ought we to rejoice that our soul dwells in him”.”For our courteous Lord wills that we be be as homely with him as heart can think or soul desire. But we must beware lest we take this homeliness so recklessly as to forsake courtesy.And he wants to have us, who will be with him in heaven without end, like himself in all things.If we do not know how we shall do all this, let us desire it […]

By |January 25th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Divine Mercy Sunday

It is very fitting that the Church celebrates today – on the octave day of Easter – the wonderful mercy of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. At the Easter Vigil the Church burst in a prayer of praise and exultation calling on all creation to join in rejoicing: Rejoice O earth, in shining splendourChrist has conquered! Glory fills youDarkness vanishes for ever! – Alleluia.Rejoice O Mother Church! Exult in glory!The Risen Saviour shines upon you!The cause for this great joy is the fact that Christ has conquered sin and death. As we look around our world or, indeed, just look within our own hearts we can often be discouraged and feel overwhelmed by the darkness of sin and selfishness. But the great truth which we celebrate at Easter, and especially today on Divine Mercy Sunday, is that no matter how many sins weigh on our conscience we have […]