Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ss Thomas More and John Fisher

Today is the memorial of St Thomas More and St John Fisher. For an excellent piece about these two great English martyrs click here and scroll down. O God, who in martyrdom have brought true faith to its highest expression, … Continue reading

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Give God A Break

God suffers and weeps and is crucified again over every damned soul. The scriptures tell us this. The only cures available to us for damnation are Baptism, Sacramental Confession or Perfect Contrition. The latter is difficult to achieve, and is … Continue reading

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Five errors at Mass

It’s just as well that Jeffrey Tucker from Chant Café introduces his five worst post V2 ‘wreckovations’ of the Mass with an upbeat message. May it bring hope to those who patiently endure the abuses he describes and worse: We … Continue reading

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Food: there’s lots of it

One of the main causes of world hunger is often believed to be the overpopulation of the planet. Mankind has indeed increased dramatically in numbers over the last two centuries, and poverty is still a major cause for concern. Those … Continue reading

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Wednesday General Audience: Unity in the Body of Christ

(Vatican Radio) “The Church is not an charitable, cultural or political association, but a living Body, that walks and acts in history. And this Body has a head, Jesus, who guides, nourishes and supports it”, said Pope Francis Wednesday as … Continue reading

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Pope adds name of St. Joseph to Eucharistic prayers

(Vatican Radio) In the first decree of a liturgical nature of this pontificate, Pope Francis has decided that name of St. Joseph should be added to the Eucharistic Prayers II, II and IV, as they appear in the third typical … Continue reading

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Pray, Pray, Pray for Priests! A Meditation on Something My Mother Taught Me

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Last week I blogged on how priests pray for God’s people. indeed, such prayers are built into our daily schedule. And this post is the other side of the equation, the need that priests have for your … Continue reading

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Rolheiser and de Malleray on Celibacy

‘Priestly celibacy’ is a subject that is always of interest to the general public. Many do not understand its great value and tradition in the Catholic Church. Fr Marcus Holden, parish priest of Ramsgate, who has greatly raised the profile of … Continue reading

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The One Who Loves More

Sunday Gospel Reflection (Luke 7:36—8:3) The Pharisees in today’s Gospel, miss a  crucial point: Only the one who recognizes their sin, sincerely repents, and asks forgiveness receives the blessing of being forgiven, and hence, loving more. The Pharisees mistake … Continue reading

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The Harder I Try To Be Good, The Worse I Get

I would bet a zillion bucks, if I had it, that everyone who reads that title knows what I am talking about. It is as sure as eggs is eggs (or x=x if you prefer). St Paul made a similar … Continue reading

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The Novels That Changed My Life

Most people will recall a certain novel (or novels) they read in their earlier years, that was a type of catalyst, or signpost – an unforgettable experience that became the turning point in how they began to think and see … Continue reading

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Pope Francis receives Archbishop of Canterbury (Full texts)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It was the first meeting between the two. Below, please find the complete translation of Pope Francis’ discourse at the meeting, followed by the complete … Continue reading

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St. Anthony of Padua

From St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or … Continue reading

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What Is Love?

Love, Love, Love, Love, Love! We are commanded to Love, above all other commandments, but what does it mean? I suggest that the verb “to love” means firstly to have kindly awareness, and secondly to act kindly. I think you … Continue reading

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Good News And Bad News

The dying man summoned the priest to his bedside. “Give me some consolation please Father, if you can. I do not have long, and my suffering is great.” “Well”, said Father, looking hard at his breviary, then glancing into the … Continue reading

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