Advent: Season of Longing
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Advent: Season of Longing

Expectant waiting and passionate longing are dominant themes in Advent We wait and long for the coming Christmas Event. We wait and long for the coming of the Kingdom, and for the Final Coming. We wait and long for Christ to be born in us. The Bach Cantata BWV 140 expresses this beauifully: ‘Wann kömst…

3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection
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3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection

The place we really live our faith is not in a church. It is in the desert of our workplaces, our schools, our streets, our homes. There is no other place for the world to hear our call to prepare the way of the Lord, to join us on the way of and to the…

Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers
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Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers

Pope Francis identifies this vicious circle of suspicion and cruelty that needs to be overcome if we wish to repair a fractured world through fraternal care. Although we have concrete experiences that explain some suspicions of certain others, letting these suspicions develop into an attitude of stranger-blaming only hardens the ‘walls and citadels’ of indifference…

Covid-19 Vaccine: Rich Nations Take Lion’s Share, Low Income Countries in Danger of Missing out
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Covid-19 Vaccine: Rich Nations Take Lion’s Share, Low Income Countries in Danger of Missing out

Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today, as the UK begins to rollout vaccinations. By contrast, wealthier nations have…

Pope Francis Proclaims ‘Year of St Joseph’
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Pope Francis Proclaims ‘Year of St Joseph’

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration…

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

The work of the Messiah is often described in the Bible in terms of warfare: the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Judging from the first reading (Gen 3), one might think that Mary, as the new Eve, deserved the title of Lieutenant General. That distinction, however, has traditionally been awarded to the Archangel Michael….

150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Universal Patron of the Church: ‘Go to Joseph’
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150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Universal Patron of the Church: ‘Go to Joseph’

On Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, in this grace-filled Season of Advent, the Church celebrates a major event – the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared the Universal Patron and Protector of the Church by Blessed Pope Pius IX. We are witnessing something truly remarkable and unprecedented. As of today, eleven dioceses…

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection
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Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

In Advent we make a bit more effort to welcome the Lord into our lives and into our hearts, so that we can indeed know him as Son of God, as Good News.

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for December: For a Life of Prayer
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Pope Francis Prayer Intention for December: For a Life of Prayer

The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer. Prayer is the key for us to be able to enter into dialogue with the Father. Every time we read a short passage from the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to us. We have a conversation with Jesus. We listen to Jesus and we reply. And this…

Advent: The Closeness of God
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Advent: The Closeness of God

In every age, within whatever system of belief, human beings have reached out in search of the Other. This quest for encounter with God is something more than the primitive desire of cave-dwellers for warmth and light to keep the shadows at bay. It is driven by a thirst for meaning and a longing for…

Advent Retreat: God is with You
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Advent Retreat: God is with You

Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat in collaboration with Sacred Space, written by Gemma Simmonds CJ.  Do you know that God is with you? After a year of challenges, changes, suffering, isolation and social distancing, perhaps there’s never been a more important time to reflect on the Incarnation; to reflect on God’s incredible plan to…

USA: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Times of Covid
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USA: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Times of Covid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that Americans not travel for Thanksgiving. The United States now has more new daily cases of Covid-19 than in the spring, when we had little knowledge of how to mitigate its spread. And a large, indoor extended gathering without masks is our best way of assisting the virus…