31 July, Friday – Friends of Jesus

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 →

2 June, Tuesday — God and Mammon

Tuesday of Week 9 in Ordinary Time 2 Peter 3:11-15,17-18Mark 12:13-17 Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar - and to God what belongs to God It seems to be a badge of honour amongst my friends to proudly announce how hard they work. This is especially so in this period of working from... Continue Reading →

1 June, Monday – Our Mother

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church The Blessed Virgin Mary has been given the title of Mother of the Church since she gave birth to Christ, the Head of the Church, and she became the Mother of the redeemed people before her Son had given up the spirit on the Cross. Pope Paul... Continue Reading →

30 May, Saturday — Faith in God

Saturday of 7th Week of Eastertide Acts 28:16-20, 20-31John 21:20-25 The upright shall see your face, O Lord In my early years of teaching, I had the privilege of being attached to an experienced colleague as his co-form teacher. There was an incident where the students were teasing another classmate by making fun of his... Continue Reading →

28 May, Thursday — United in love

Thursday of 7th Week of Eastertide Acts 22: 30; 23:6-11John 17:20-26 May they all be one I once found myself engaging in a polite conversation with two Mormons, who approached me whilst I was in the train. It was easy to recognise them from their signature attire, but what made that conversation memorable was the... Continue Reading →

27 May, Wednesday — Truth of the matter

May 27 – Memorial for St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop Augustine (d. 605) was a monk and abbot of St. Andrew’s abbey in Rome. He was sent by Pope Gregory the Great with 40 brother monks, including St. Lawrence of Canterbury to evangelize the British Isles in 597. Before he reached the islands, terrifying tales... Continue Reading →

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