Jul 31 – Memorial for St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest St. Ignatius (1491-1556) was wounded in the leg by a cannonball at the siege of Pampeluna on 20 May 1521, an injury that left him partially crippled for life. During his recuperation the only books he had access to were The Golden Legend, a collection... Continue Reading →
30 July, Thursday — Undoing our wrongs
Jul 30 – Memorial for St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor An adult convert, St. Peter (406-450) fought paganism and heresy, enforced reforms, and built several churches and ornate altars in his see. A preacher with outstanding language skills, he was given the name ‘Chrysologus’, referring to his ‘golden word’. 176 of his sermons have... Continue Reading →
29 July, Wednesday — Faith in Action
Jul 29 – Memorial for St. Martha Jesus liked to stay at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, his friends at Bethany, when he was in Judaea. One of these visits has ever remained dear to Christian memory. On that occasion Martha, busily serving the Master, asked Him to persuade Mary to help her.... Continue Reading →
28 July, Tuesday — Wheat and Weeds
Tuesday of Week 17 in Ordinary Time Jer 14:17-22Mt 13:36-43 "Then the virtuous will shine like the sun" The problem of evil and suffering is one that plagues many people. If there is a God and He is good, some might argue, then He should not allow the presence of evil in the world. Since... Continue Reading →
27 July, Monday — In His Time
Monday of Week 17 in Ordinary Time Jer 13:1-11Mt 13:31-35 "When it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all" Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Jack Ma. These are some of the best-known names in the world today, synonymous with brands that are a part of almost everyone’s life – Apple, Facebook and Alibaba. Their... Continue Reading →
26 July, Sunday — He calls, qualifies, justifies, then glorifies!
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kgs 3:5,7-12Rm 8:28-30 Mt 13:44-52 “...those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.” It has been an interesting season for me since the implementation of the ‘circuit breaker’ and its subsequent lifting to allow a gradual safe reopening of our economy. Looking back over... Continue Reading →
25 July, Saturday — Greater are His Plans
Jul 25 – Feast of St. James, Apostle St. James (died 44) was the first Apostle to be martyred. He preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. His work in Spain, and the housing of his relics there, led to his patronage of the country and all things Spanish. Like all men of renown, many stories... Continue Reading →
24 July, Friday — Catholicism – One True worship of the One True God
Jul 24 – Memorial for St. Charbel Makhluf, Priest St. Charbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, St. Charbel taught the value... Continue Reading →
23 July, Thursday — Dimmed hearts, dulled minds.
Jul 23 – Memorial for St. Bridget of Sweden, Religious Coming from a noble yet religious background, St. Bridget (1302-1373) was friend and counsellor to many priests and theologians of her day. As chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Blanche of Namur, she counselled and guided the Queen and King Magnus II. She was harassed by others... Continue Reading →
22 July, Wednesday — Not willing, not ready.
Jul 22 – Memorial for St. Mary Magdalene There is actually very little solid information about her, and both scholars and traditions differ on the interpretation of what we do know. She was a friend and follower of Jesus. Filled with sorrow over her sin, she anointed Christ, washed his feet with her hair. He... Continue Reading →