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Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

Reflection for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (N.O.): Second Sunday after Pentecost (E.F.)

In many places, this Sunday features the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord. On a solemn feast like this many things occur that might be preached and taught. Here are three areas for reflection: … Continue reading

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Reflection for Pentecost: N.O. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) and E.F.

The First Reading and the Gospel of Pentecost Sunday offer us two great images of the mission of the Holy Spirit. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how, on the day of Pentecost, under the signs … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and the Fifth Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

  Sixth Sunday of Easter ( N.O.) Fr David Sanders comments on the ‘Benedict Option’ and calls us to go beyond that towards a ‘Dominican Option’.   How should the Church in the West face what is seen as a … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and Fourth Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

Fr Martin Ganeri looks to the destination of the Christian’s journey, and considers the roadmap that shows us how to reach it. When people want to make a journey by car these days to some place they have not been … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and Third Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

 Fr. Duncan Campbell O.P.  helps us to see how Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, communicates the presence of God to us. We say in the creed that Jesus is God. This wasn’t clear at all at first, even to his … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter (N.O.) Second Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

Third Sunday of Easter (A) Fr Fergus Kerr O.P. shows what must be done to understand Easter and what is yet to be done by us. The two disciples were on their way home,  husband and wife probably.  They were … Continue reading

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St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

April 28th is the the Feast day of that great Saint  St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. His Marian teachings have, to my mind, never been equaled, and if some of our readers, like me, are struggling through the Ninevah … Continue reading

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O felix culpa! Keeping the Vigil of Easter, pre-1955 style

For those of you who love Tradition, and are aware of the treasures that we have lost in the Church over the last decades,and are also too young to remember the pre-V2 liturgy this is a wonderful read.  I hope … Continue reading

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Cardinals’ Dubia and Papal Silence: The Silver Lining

from: Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB (https://hughosb.com) The five questions, or dubia, submitted by Cardinals Caffarra, Burke, Meisner and Brandmüller to Pope Francis regarding his Apostolic Exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia, have been mentioned here before. Many commentators have expressed frustration that … Continue reading

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Reflection for Palm Sunday (N.O.) and Second Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) E.F.

Abbot Richard’s Gospel Reflection. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – 9 April 2017 Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 & 26:14 – 27:66 For the sake of the future, he endured the cross There are two Gospel passages presented to … Continue reading

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5th Sunday of Lent (N.O.) First Passion Sunday (E.F.)

From: Abbot Richard Purcell OCSO Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Ireland.   Gospel: John 11:1-45 Called and set free to live The story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead in this week’s Gospel is one of the most … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – 26 March 2017 (N.O. and E.F.)

We are grateful to Abbot Richard Purcell OCSO and Father Malachy Thompson OCSO for allowing us to publish this Gospel Reflection for Laetare Sunday. http://www.msjroscrea.ie/     Fourth Sunday of Lent – 26 March 2017 Gospel: John 9:1-41 Seeing with … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s Little-Known Appearance in France

H/T: Laurence England  by Joseph Pronechen In this little-known apparition, St. Joseph spoke to a young shepherd and began something that has led to many miracles beginning during that appearance.   We know that at Fatima during the apparition on … Continue reading

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Fontgombault Sermon – Feast of the Passing of Saint Benedict

Dear Brothers and Sisters, My dearly beloved Sons, We celebrate today the day on which our Blessed Father St. Benedict was called to God, and we give thanks for the blessings that this life has brought, and for the gift … Continue reading

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Solemnity of St. Joseph – Prayer for Priests

Prayer to Saint Joseph for Priests O glorious Saint Joseph, thou who, on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night, didst put fear aside to take thy Virgin Bride into thy home, show thyself today the … Continue reading

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