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The Sixth and Seventh Sorrows of Mary

The two final sorrows of Our Blessed Lady are: (6) ‘The deposition from the Cross’, and (7) ‘The Entombment of Jesus‘. The Blessed Virgin Mary was intimately associated with her Son’s Passion.“Yes, O Blessed Mother, a sword has truly pierced your … Continue reading

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Washing of the Feet

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Sorrows: fifth sorrow – the Crucifixtion

On this Friday before Good Friday the Church celebrates “Our Lady of Sorrows”. We contemplate Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, standing at the foot of the Cross, with her Immaculate Heart pierced by a sword, as she looks upon her … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Unexpectedly Meets Franciscans of the Immaculate

Last year we reported the problem the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate had experienced with the placing of Fr. Volpi from the Vatican to oversee the Order. Now, Deo Gratias, there is some hope that an end of the trouble … Continue reading

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Making a Good Confession

Making a good Confession is an important part of our Lenten Journey towards the Easter Triduum and the celebration of Our Blessed Lord’s Resurrection. Many Catholics have already made the Sacrament of Confession part and parcel of their Lenten practices, … Continue reading

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“Marian Saturdays” and The First Five Saturdays Devotion

Today is the First Saturday of the month of April. “I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy … Continue reading

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Alec Guinness – an ‘unusual’ conversion story

It is 100 years today that Sir Alec Guinness CBE first saw the light of day.  The worldwide fame and acclamation he received for his talented impersonations in diverse roles in cinema and theatre, is well known. But Alec Guinness … Continue reading

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Fourth Sorrow of Mary – A Meditation

The seven swords in the icon each designate one of the following sorrows: 1. The prophecy of Simeon
. 2. The flight into Egypt
, 3. The  Boy Jesus leavng his parents to visit the Temple in Jerusalem
. 4. The Mother of … Continue reading

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“Go To Joseph”

Today is the Feast Day of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary When the ancient world was in great trouble, Genesis records the directive was to: “Go to Joseph” (41:55). With today’s world topsy-turvy in so many ways, … Continue reading

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“Sinning Every Day”! Discouraging?

When I first heard that some of the greatest saints went to weekly, or even daily, Confession during their earthly lives, I was truly amazed. I asked myself: what sins could such admired and holy people possibly have to confess … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism … Continue reading

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“I Thirst for Love”: A Poem by St. Thérèse of Lisieux

One facet of  St. Thérèse that many people are unaware of, was her talent as a poet. In the solitude of her cell at night, by the light of a single candle, she would compose her poems (love songs), thus … Continue reading

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Lent 2014: Pierce Thou My Heart, Love Crucified

In browsing through the web to read some of the more traditional Catholic posts on Lent, I think this one from Vultus Christi must surely rank as one of the best. Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday addresses the heart. Ashes are … Continue reading

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‘Sculpting’ Our Souls During Lent: 3 Quotes from Ven. Fulton Sheen

“A sculptor who wishes to carve a figure out of a block uses his chisel, first cutting away great chunks of marble, then smaller pieces, until he finally reaches a point where only a brush of hand is needed to … Continue reading

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A Reflection on ‘The Book of Job’ and Suffering

“Suffering love alone can bring us to our senses and the real meaning of life” - Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen Simone Weil explained that we do not know anything without suffering. Suffering is the price of true knowledge. I think this … Continue reading

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