Monthly Archives: August 2014

“I Allowed Myself to be Duped” – homily for 31st August

Mass: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Readings: 1st: Jer 20:7-9. Resp: psa 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9. 2nd: Rom 12:1-2. Gsp: Mat 16:21-27 Fr. Joachim reflects on the verse from the first reading in Jeremiah, “I have been duped, and I … Continue reading

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Homelessness

Being a Catholic ultimately means being homeless, at least in this Creation. We are only really at home in God. During our exile here on Earth, it pays to be kind to the sick and strangers, to be fair in … Continue reading

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“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord…” – St. Augustine

“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” Today is the feast day of St. Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (in modern-day Algeria) and Doctor of the Church. … Continue reading

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Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

From http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/ New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more … Continue reading

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Woman and the Miracle of Creation

Thank you for this outstanding article. Reblogging it on CP&S

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Simple Wisdom

‘The power of evil men lives on the cowardice of the good.’ St. John Bosco  

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Urgent Iraq Update – a newsletter from ACN

“There is still hope for the Christians in Iraq, but only if we act now” My dear friend Thank you for all your prayers – for all you are doing for our brothers and sisters in the midst of their … Continue reading

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Confidence

‘We must know how to confide. There is the fear of God and the fear of a Judas. Too much fear makes one labour without love, and too much confidence prevents from considering the danger which we must overcome.’ St. … Continue reading

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Desolation

I have a theory I would like to run past you: I think that any sad, soulful love song can be read as the prayer of a soul bereaved from God in desolation. Our relationship with God is so deep, … Continue reading

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Real Beauty Is Un-Self-Conscious

In our media sodden culture, we are assaulted with other people’s perverted versions of beauty, be they supermodels, houses, cars, phones or whatever. Very attractive and false they are too. I spend an inordinate amount of consciousness seeing through the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Our Lord handing the keys to St Peter (Detail) Pietro Perugino A Question Regarding Christ and the Church Paris, August 24, 2014 (Zenit.org) 1) Life must answer. Who is Christ? This question, which is always present and that cannot be … Continue reading

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The Crosses of the Camino

The crosses of sore heels, heat, a heavy backpack, full albergues, and not enough water were all forgotten the moment we arrived at the magnificent cathedral. There, in the dawn light, I knelt in thanksgiving on the stones in front … Continue reading

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Blogging as Catholic Action

From the Jackie Parkes blog: ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X ON CATHOLIC ACTION IN ITALY JUNE 11, 1905 The field of Catholic Action is extremely vast. In itself it does not exclude anything, in any manner, direct or indirect, which … Continue reading

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Sin And Mankind

From Professor Charmley’s blog:  To consider the world in its length and breadth, its various history, the many races of man, their starts, their fortunes, their mutual alienation, their conflicts; and then their ways, habits, governments, forms of worship; their … Continue reading

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God Won’t Damn Us On A Technicality

“At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity.” – St. John of the Cross  

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