Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hunger

The Holy Father has waved his last goodbye and the visit is over.  The Dawkinsites are busy licking their wounds, having failed to disrupt the visit or to garner much attention for themselves outside the economically illiterate newspapers. Protesting against … Continue reading

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Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels.

A sermon of Pope St Gregory the Great: ‘The word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature’.

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Jesus is our greatest friend

Zenit reports on a meeting between the Pope and 400 children, parents, and teachers from a Castel Gandolfo primary school. His message to the children is simply expressed, but full of meaning – not just for children, but for us all. … Continue reading

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St Vincent de Paul

No, this isn’t going to be a potted biography of this great Saint. You can all look that up on the web, for your sins! A great servant of Christ’s beloved poor, he reminds all of us, whatever our station … Continue reading

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Prayers for Priests

Prayers for Priests is an important apostolate. It is founded by Charlotte Williams from Arizona. Some years ago, Char had compiled a very small booklet of prayers, which included the Rosary for Priests (before the Luminous Mysteries were given to … Continue reading

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The Real Meaning of the Papal Visit

Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK is grossly misunderstood. His real purpose was to stir things up, to till the soil, like a tractor pulling a plough. It is only when the close packed and drenched soil is disturbed thus … Continue reading

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Special Report on Cofton Park from a dear spiritual ‘sister’ who was there

(Our reader Jane Mossendew Fulthorpe sent us this post which is in parallel published on her own blog Thoughts from an Oasis in French Catholicism, thanks Jane for sharing it with us.) By Jane Mossendew Fulthorpe This post was first … Continue reading

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Before and After the Papal Visit: A Balance

As Damian Thompson and Ed West of the Daily Telegraph already noted, the Protest the Pope Action has achieved almost nothing. And now the media speak generally about the success of the Papal Visit. It is interesting to see how … Continue reading

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Spokesman Explains How Pope Can Be So Calm Says Benedict XVI Is Offering His Best

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI’s serenity is itself a message to the world, and the secret to his calm is his faith in Jesus Christ, says a Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican … Continue reading

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Praying for ourselves; praying for others

Here’s the second post in my series on prayer, started here. Petitionary prayer is asking prayer – and intercessory prayer is a subsection of this: a petition on behalf of someone else. When Jesus taught his disciples a prayer, it … Continue reading

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Philosophers stoned?

Another find amonst dear BB’s droppings. This one was written on the back of a fag packet. I don’t miss the reek of ciggies, but the memory of Burrito with a ‘gasper’ hanging constantly from his mouth, brings a smile. … Continue reading

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Prayer Action for Pope Benedict XVI

In the face of assaults from the media, let us pray for our Pope, for his safety and success during his visit to Britain. Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict. R. May … Continue reading

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Mater Dolorosa

Following the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we reflect today on the One who stood so faithfully beneath that Cross and shared so intimately in the passion and death of Her beloved Son: Mary, our Lady of … Continue reading

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O Crux, ave spes unica!

Today, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross) we honour the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the Cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according … Continue reading

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