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September 2017

On 21 September, the universal Church celebrates the feast of the evangelist St Matthew. Like many of us, St Matthew was a little bit reluctant to follow Jesus and his demanding call to give up everything.St Matthew hesitated and just wasn’t quite ready to take the risk! That temptation to indecision is, of course, deep down inside all of us. It is captured wonderfully in the painting The calling of St Matthew by Caravaggio, in the church of St Louis in Rome. In this haunting portrait we see the finger of Jesus pointing at Matthew the tax collector, calling him to a...

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August 2017

One of the major activities of God is communication. The triune God, Father, Son and Spirit, never tires of inviting us to enter the Divine presence, which is close to us all.
 
Apparently God delights in revealing divine love and mercy to the world. This year on the feast of the Transfiguration on 6 August, we hear about how Jesus showed himself to Peter, James and John. The prophet Daniel narrates another vision of revelation in which God is revealed in great light and fire.

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July 2017

Each 11 July we celebrate the feast of St Benedict.

St Benedict has still much to teach us.

In his early adulthood in Italy, Benedict became so disillusioned and disgusted with the affluence and decadence of his society that he withdrew to an isolated cave to live a solitary life of prayer. Other people soon joined him for many of the same reasons, and a monastic community began to grow.

St Benedict was to become one of the fathers of monasticism, and built small ‘islands of light’, monasteries where communal prayer and scholarship, work and spiritual practice could be preserved.

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June 2017

This year we celebrate the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on 23 June.
 
Many of us, of an older generation, have very happy memories of growing up with images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus placed all around our family homes. There was something warm and comforting in these domestic images which reminded us of how God was very close to us.

Perhaps today we need to rediscover this special feast day and its simple message of how much God loves each one of us. 

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May 2017

Each year on 1 May we celebrate the feast of St Joseph the Worker.

In 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted this wonderful feast as the Church’s response to May Day celebrations for workers sponsored by Communist organisations.

The pope wanted to affirm what Christians have believed from the beginning: that Jesus, the carpenter’s apprentice, cares deeply for the plight of workers (and those who are unable to find work).

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