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15th Sunday: The Sower

This parable and its explanation are part of the 13th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, the so-called ‘discourse of parables’. This is the third of the five discourses Jesus gives in this Gospel. The first time Jesus was sitting on a mountain and preached to his disciples (5:1-2). The second discourse was directed to twelve people…

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Trust. A Poem

(TRUST    A light-hearted take on Pope Francis’ important  Urbi et Orbi meditation on 27 March 2020).     TRUST                                        (Mk 4,38) Off we go. All aboard ! All agreed, of one accord. See how the fishermen have scored; All big and little fish still stored, Some to eat and some to hoard – Hard work’s happy just…

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June 29: Peter and Paul

29 June is the day set apart in the Catholic world for the celebration of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Apart from Mary, the mother of Jesus, St Joseph and St John the Baptist, these are the only human figures commemorated in the calendar of the universal Church with a day given the…

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The Post-Covid-19 World – A Penetrating analysis

From the outset, too, long-term questions were emerging about the ‘post-Covid’ world. Such questions risk wishful thinking. Will the world indeed ‘emerge from crisis’, or are we now compelled to recognise that the concept of a ‘crisis-free existence’ is mere complacency? A public health specialist estimates that, even given a promising new treatment for those…

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Poetic Vision: The Knee

THE KNEE We need a reflection On genuflexion. I was brought up to bend the knee In church, to reverence the Present Lord: “Nearer my God to Thee” Close, but to be adored. From afar, I also saw the respect, At the dubbing of a knight, For the Sovereign as one might expect, A gesture…

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Women Deacons: An Exploration

In 786 Pope Adrian I had sent a sacramentary to Charlemagne to be used in all dioceses of his vast Frankish-Saxon kingdom. Five copies of this Hadrianum as it is known have been preserved to this day. They were originally used in Paris, Cambray, Tours (all in France), Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and Exeter (England). They contain the ‘prayer…

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Novena to the Sacred Heart

Set aside about ten minutes each day. Take your time over the words you read. Linger over a word or a phrase. Think about its meaning. Share your feelings with Jesus. And wait quietly to see what comes into your mind and heart. Blessed John Sullivan tells us that God is delighted to see us,…