Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries
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Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries

Malaysian Catholics have participated in a special pilgrimage during Lent to honor missionaries who brought and nurtured Catholic faith in northern Borneo in the 19th century. Some 50 Catholics from Blessed Sacrament Church in Labuan in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, including parish priest Father Thomas Madanan, joined the pilgrimage despite scorching summer sun on April…

Maundy Thursday
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Maundy Thursday

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) published a collection of 29 short pieces in 1611: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia. 9 pieces each for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, with a psalm and a hymn as an added bonus. GESUALDO // Feria Quinta, Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday: II. Tristis est anima mea…

Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women
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Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women

On the first Good Friday, Jesus was condemned, persecuted, made to carry the Cross, ridiculed, whipped, fell three times, met his mother, helped by Simon to carry the cross, wiped by Veronica, stripped of his garments.  His ordeal was a glaring demonstration of abuse of authority and power and of the callousness of those who participated…

‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation
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‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation

It was just then I heard the voice in my heart say: ‘It’s time.’ It was time. He might not know it yet … but I did. I stood and fetched the oil of nard my inner voice had had me save all these years for him. I prayed. I wrapped a towel around my…

The Passion According to Saint Luke
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The Passion According to Saint Luke

Try to imagine yourself as an educated member of the Roman Empire reading Luke’s account of the birth, life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, and at the end asking Luke: ‘If all that you write is true about the character and the behaviour and teaching of this good man who claimed to be a…

Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers
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Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers

It is going to take us a long time to forget the pandemic. May we not forget some of the things it has taught us, either. On one hand, there is “the self-giving and generosity of health care workers, volunteers, support staff, priests, and religious men and women.” On the other, there’s the importance of…

Imaged in Stone: Mercy Snatched from the Jaws of Despair.
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Imaged in Stone: Mercy Snatched from the Jaws of Despair.

Sculpture above: Basilica of Mary Magdalene at Vézelay – ‘the hanging of Judas and the Good Shepherd’. At the top of the first capital on the right as you walk in, there us a sculpture few people know about, partly because of where it is: 20 metres from the ground. When seen close up, it…

‘The Joy of the Church is to Evangelize’ – Pope Francis
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‘The Joy of the Church is to Evangelize’ – Pope Francis

The concern of the Church cannot and should not be that of the prestige of the community and its ministers. It cannot and should not be its social influence, that is, a desire to “matter”, to be “relevant” on the world stage, in society, or in places of power. It cannot and should not be…

Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience
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Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience

Cherry blossoms remind us to appreciate life, beauty and the other moments and things we encounter while we have them, either in spite of or because of the fact that they will end. And as the falling petals teach, even the end can be beautiful. The Japanese phrase for this is mono no aware (the “alas” of…