Category Archives: Devotion

Honouring Our Lady of Fatima

Last Sunday was Fatima Day at “The Dome of Home” on the Wirral. The day began with a sung Tridentine Mass after which a beautiful statue of Our Lady was crowned. In a moving ceremony the faithful who had each … Continue reading

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Private revelations: Are they reliable?| AD2000

Above is a photo of crowds of mostly Catholics that gathered for weeks in front of what looked like an image of our Blessed Mother that had appeared suddenly in one of the windows of a largish private hospital. This hospital … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 5

  And from Thy cross embrace me with arms outstretched to save.  (From the translation by Monsignor R.A. Knox of words attributed to St Bernard) The Epistle of the Mass of Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent, in the 1962 … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 4

“There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.” This coming Fourth Sunday of Lent is still often referred to as Laetare Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday”, after the first word in the traditional introit of Mass on that day – Laetare, Jerusalem: … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 2

Which hymn, written by an English woman religious who lived most of her life in the Liverpool region, and which is usually sung to a melody by a former Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, has probably been more popular among … Continue reading

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Giving up gracelessly

According to the Church, yesterday was the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius. According to my 1938 edition of “Garden of the Soul”, my 1962 edition of “The Manual of Christian Prayer” and the rest of the whole world, yesterday … Continue reading

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Epiphany 2014

The Magi, Ravenna, 6th century Los Reyes, the wise men from the East, come bearing gifts foretelling a kingdom, a death and a sacrifice. The child, God made man, is shown to the world through their visit; Epihany, Επιφάνεια – … Continue reading

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The immense power of the Mass for the souls in Purgatory

From Mystics of the Church: From the excellent book “Purgatory – Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints” by Father F.X. Schouppe, S.J., Tan Books, 1986 we read the following accounts which highlight the power and importance of offering holy … Continue reading

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Helping the Holy Souls

The Church teaches that the Holy Souls cannot help themselves, but that we can gain indulgences, have Masses said, offer our sacrifices, prayers, works of mercy and almsgiving for their release from Purgatory. We can, and indeed should, help the Holy Souls … Continue reading

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St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa by Bernini A Guest Post, kindly written by William Ockham. Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus. Teresa was a Carmelite nun, writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian of … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Cleansed Along the Way Paris, October 11, 2013 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The one who asks with faith receives. In the first reading and in the Gospel of today’s liturgy we hear about the miraculous healing of the lepers. … Continue reading

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Maria Victrix

Veronese, the Doges’ palace, Venezia The Battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire in … Continue reading

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The Holy Guardian Angels

  by David Werlin Detail of the Assumption and Annunciation fresco by Filippino Lippi, 1491 The Holy Guardian Angels God hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear … Continue reading

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October: The month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his … Continue reading

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St. Jerome: September 30th.

by David Werling St. Jerome by Albrecht Dürer, 1521 St. Jerome Confessor, Doctor of the Church In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed … Continue reading

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