30 June, Tuesday — Faith

Jun 30 – First Martyrs of the Church of Rome These holy men and women are also called the ‘Protomartyrs of Rome’. They were accused of burning Rome by Nero, who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified, and others were fed to... Continue Reading →

29 June, Monday — Rescue

Jun 29 – Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles Peter (c.1–64) was a professional fisherman. He was the brother of St. Andrew the Apostle, the man who led him to Christ. Given the name Simon, he was renamed “Peter” (rock) by Jesus to indicate that Peter would be the rock-like foundation on which the... Continue Reading →

28 June, Sunday — Jesus, Our Reward

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kgs 4:8-11,13-16Rm 6:3-4,8-11Mt 10:37-42 “Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.” It has been a tough few months for me.... Continue Reading →

23 June, Tuesday — Resting In The Lord

Tuesday of Week 12 in Ordinary Time 2 Kgs 19:9-11,14-21,31-36Mt 7:6,12-14 “Give ear, Lord and listen” I was curious about the Assyrian King Sennacherib mentioned in the 1st reading, so I did some additional reading, hoping to understand more about him. I was surprised by the extent of his exploits; he certainly was a mighty... Continue Reading →

22 June, Monday — Being Open to Love

Jun 22 – Memorial for St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; Memorial for St. John Fisher, Bishop & St. Thomas More, martyrs Paulinus (c.354–431) was a friend of St. Augustine of Hippo, and St. Nicetas of Remesiana, and was mentioned for his holiness by at least six of his contemporary saints. He was a distinguished lawyer... Continue Reading →

21 June, Sunday — The Bigger Picture

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 20:10-13Rm 5:12-15Mt 10:26-33 “Do not be afraid” In preparing for today’s reflection, I found myself experiencing a sensation which felt like it was constricting my chest.  This feeling was odd and after sitting with it, I realised that it was brought about by the word 'afraid'. While the Gospel... Continue Reading →

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