31May Tuesday The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Let Mary’s soul be in each of you... Let her spirit be in each to rejoice in the Lord... Christ has only one mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ in faith... Whoever does this proclaims the greatness of the Lord, just as Mary rejoiced in God her Savior.

30May Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter

First European Christians

Paul's relationship with the Philippians is one of exceptional peace and harmony. He fell in love with his newly founded Philippian church and his epistle to them is among the most emotional of his writings. He wrote: "I give thanks to my God every time I think of you, which is constantly, in every prayer I utter, rejoicing, as I plead on your behalf, at the way you have all continually helped promote the gospel from the very first day ... I hold all of you dear ... God himself can testify how much I long for each of you with the affection of Christ Jesus! (Phil 1:3-8).

29May Sixth Sunday of Easter

Theme: Spirit Of Joyful Hope

Philip's spirit of joyful hope in today's scene from the early church suggests one possible line for today's homily. He was bursting with a message that he wants to share with the African traveller he met on the road. Many in our world have largely lost their sense of the sacred, in conventional church terms, but they may be open to a hopeful message, if it is well presented. If we ignore the reality of God, all our other relationships suffer as a result. We should reverence God's guiding providence, and show courteous respect to all.

28May Saturday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Tackling the Task

Adversity continues to exert its important role in the apostolate. Persecuted in one place, the disciples moved on to another town; and so the gospel moved onward and continued to spread across the Roman Empire. When local conditions threw roadblocks in Paul's way and kept him from preaching in the name of Jesus, St Luke explains that "They were prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message."

27May Friday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Fruitful Compromise

All will agree that martyrdom must be inspired by the Spirit of God, but we often think of compromise as slightly immoral and almost always as a decline in personal ideals. Yet the letter of the Jerusalem Council begins: "It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and ours too, not to lay any burden beyond that which is strictly necessary. ..." The word strictly indicates some kind of minimalist interpretation.

26May Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter

The power of enthusiasm

A spontaneous interchange of life, love and joy flows between God the Father and God the Son. This force which bonds and unites them is so personal and real as to be God the Holy Spirit. Jesus desires that this same bond exist between ourselves and his own person. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Live on in my love. Let my joy be yours that your joy may be complete."

25May Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Discovering our Roots

Many biblical readings reach into the roots and sources of our life and calls upon us to locate our origins in Jesus. For the Jewish people circumcision was the seal of the covenant, not only upon the flesh but also upon the transmission of life. Through this mark, the Jews not only reached back to their ancestral patriarch Abraham (Gen 15), but also manifested their willingness to be known as a follower of Moses, and if need be, to die out of loyalty to the covenant of Mount Sinai.

24May Article by Anthony Ruff on New Missal

I know that most priests now feel that the debate about the New Missal is over, and that we should just accept it, and get on with it.  I am putting up this piece from Anthony Ruff to show that the debate is still very much alive in other parts of the world, and that there are issues at stake here that go way beyond the quality of the new translations.

Also, as some of our ACP members have pointed out, why is it that we are the only group who have publicly objected to this New Missal, and the process by which it is being imposed. No lay Catholic group, no Chaplaincy group, no theological body, or any other group in this country have, as far as I know, made their voices heard.  Does that mean that they all favour this change, or could it be some other reason.

24May Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Gone On Ahead

One of the ways by which we follow Jesus into his mysterious life with the Father and the Spirit, is to allow our own spirit come to rest in the deepest part of ourselves. Here is where the temple of God is constructed; here is the Holy of Holies of that temple, here resides the Ark of the Covenant, containing the tablets of the law (Deut 31:26). Here is where we hear God's word,

24May Letter from Desmond Wilson

Dear Friends,
The small samples of new texts were given to a few people here whom we trust for good taste and concern. They were depressed.
It is high time we brought together our own Latin scholars – we still … Read the rest