9 April, Saturday – On Quarrelling

Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent Eze 37:21-28Jn 11:45-56 “Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.” A few years ago, I was at a church event hosted by a group of women parishioners at my church... Continue Reading →

7 April, Thursday – What’s in a name?

Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent Gen 17:3-9Jn 8:51-59 “You shall no longer be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham...” Every year during Easter, our parish confirms about a dozen adults into the Catholic faith. In the run up to this, they spend 9 months learning about being a Catholic and take on... Continue Reading →

6 April, Wednesday – On Discipleship

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent Dan 3:14-20,24-25,28John 8:31-42 “If you make my word your home, you will indeed be my disciples...” The thing about being authentic to something is that at some point, your convictions will be tested. It’s only when you are put under duress that you discover the true nature of... Continue Reading →

26 March, Saturday — On Cancelling

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent Hos 5:15-6:6Lk 18:9-14 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled…” I find that as one grows older, one’s circle of friends begins to shrink exponentially. It is not only that I no longer have the physical energy to entertain 5 times a week like I used to. It is... Continue Reading →

24 March, Thursday — Hard-Hearted

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent Jer 7:23-28Lk 11:14-23 Yet they did not listen, did not pay attention; they followed the dictates of their own evil hearts... I looked up the etymology of the word ‘stiff-necked’ for today’s reflection. I use this word a lot, but it never occurred to me to seek out its... Continue Reading →

23 March, Wednesday — On Hallow

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent Deu 4:1,5-9Mt 5:17-19 “...observe them, and they will demonstrate to the peoples your wisdom and understanding.” I discovered an app this Lent – Hallow -- that I’m hoping will help me to become more disciplined about fasting, praying and almsgiving. That’s right. I’m using an app to help... Continue Reading →

18 February, Friday — Best Efforts

Friday of Week 6 in Ordinary Time Jas 2:14-24,26Mk 8:34-9:1 Faith is like that: if good works do not go with it, it is quite dead.  How much is enough? When Jesus says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”, where do we draw the line and say, “This... Continue Reading →

17 February, Thursday — On Church

17 Feb – Memorial for The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites The Order of the Servants of Mary (Servites) was named the fifth mendicant order by Pope Martin V. It was founded in 1233 by Sts. Alexis Falconieri, Bartholomew degli Amidei, Benedict dell’Antella, Buonfiglio Monaldi, Gherardino Sostegni, Hugh dei Lippi-Uguccioni, and John... Continue Reading →

11 January, Tuesday — On Duality

Tuesday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time 1 Sam 1:9-20Mk 1:21-28 ...the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The anniversary of my father’s death happened on 3 Jan. The shadow of his passing has coloured all my Christmases since. I often wonder what he would... Continue Reading →

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