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26th May 2020

Laudato Si’ Week: Extracts from Encyclical on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology

I do not want to write this encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. [My emphasis here and below. —RR]He is the patron saint of … Read more

Spiritual Communion: ‘The Fountain of Living Water’ – A Poem by St John of the Cross

There are, of course, a great number of stories which could be recalled in this context. But the story which, for me, most stands out is the story of the imprisonment of the Carmelite poet and mystic St John of the Cross. Captured and taken from his priory, John was forced to live in appalling conditions, beaten regularly, and almost starved to death. He appealed … Read more

April 4th: St Benedict the African

Laybrother. Born in Sicily in 1526, of African slave parents, St Benedict was freed by his owner at a young age. When he was 21 some Franciscan hermits saw him being publicly insulted because of his colour. They were impressed by the dignified and patient way he endured being taunted, and invited to join their group. In time he became their leader. When the group … Read more

A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no time. Now it’s becoming clear all over the world that … Read more

Sindh, Pakistan – A Celebration of Life

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic movement control, nine Mill Hill members in Sindh Pakistan were able to gather at Bishop’s House to celebrate the triple celebration of life. It was a time of thanksgiving and joy in the midst of the pandemic declared by WHO. The triple celebration of life consisted of the Feast Day of St Joseph the Patron Saint of Mill Hill … Read more

Cambodia: Celebrating St Joseph’s Day amid Coronavirus Concerns

Feast day greetings from Siem Reap!!! We hope you are all well in spite of the present pandemic-Covid19 which bitterly disturbed all our activities including the feast day celebration. In Siem Reap, we we’re able to offer mass in the morning presided by Fr. Totet, SJ which we concelebrated. Since public gathering is not allowed at the moment we did not invite parishioners to come … Read more

Saint Joseph, Please Give us a Sign of your Goodness…

SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE GIVE US A SIGN OF YOUR GOODNESS…   This is one of two Miraculous interventions of St Joseph as recounted by Sr Emmanuel Maillard in her book, PEACE WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD.  When I read this book and this miraculous story of St Joseph, our dear Patron last year, I immediately thought I have to share it with others who might not … Read more

Greccio: St Francis of Assissi’s First Nativity Scene

On the afternoon of the first Sunday of Advent (December 1), Pope Francis visited the “Santuario” (sanctuary) of the friars minor near the town of Greccio. He signed his Apostolic Letter “Admirabile Signum” here, in which he discussed the importance of the Christmas manger. The choice for Greccio is not a coincidence. In December 1223, 796 years ago, Saint Francis of Assisi, the name giver … Read more

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