28 September, Tuesday — Love and Mercy

Sep 28 – Memorial for St. Wenceslaus, martyr; Memorial for St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs St. Wenceslaus (907-929) was the son of Vratislav I, Duke of Bohemia, whose family had been converted by St. Cyril and St. Methodius, and Drahomira, daughter of a pagan chief, who was baptised on her wedding day but apparently... Continue Reading →

27 September, Monday — Pride

Sep 27 – Memorial for St. Vincent de Paul, Priest St. Vincent (1581-1660) spent four years with the Franciscan friars getting an education. He was taken captive by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery, then freed when he converted one of his owners to Christianity. He started organisations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found... Continue Reading →

26 September, Sunday — Jealousy

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Num 11:25-29Jas 5:1-6Mk 9:38-43,45,47-48 “Anyone who is not against us is for us.” There is a common theme in today’s First Reading and Gospel. In the First Reading, Moses was asked to stop two young men from prophesying when they were not the ‘chosen’ ones like the elders. In the Gospel,... Continue Reading →

31 July, Saturday — Pride

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, Friday — Familiarity Breeds Contempt

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, Thursday — Two Kinds of Life

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, Wednesday — Hidden Treasure

Wednesday of Week 17 in Ordinary Time Exo 34:29-35Mt 13:44-46 “…the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.” Here’s an interesting parable that Jesus taught about the kingdom of Heaven. Why would Jesus... Continue Reading →

17 July, Saturday – Humility at Heart

Saturday of Week 15 in Ordinary Time Exo 12:37-42Mt 12:14-21 “Here is my servant who I have chosen…I will endow him with my spirit, and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.” As ‘cradle Catholics’ (not ready for the grave yet), we know that our Lord gave us two commandments. One is to... Continue Reading →

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