The Baptism of the Lord

After hearing the account of Our Lord’s baptism, we might be tempted to think that Our Lord and Saint John are simply going through a kind of social nicety or religious protocol.  But for Our Lord and Saint John this moment goes much deeper than social custom or even religious ritual.  John the Baptist recognises […]

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Why did you come here today? For whom do you seek? After Easter and Pentecost, the Feast of the Epiphany is the oldest liturgical feast in the Church’s calendar, older even than the celebration of Christmas.  The word epiphany is derived from a Greek word that means to manifest or to show oneself.  The Incarnate Word […]

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6 January

In England the Feast of the Epiphany is transferred to Sunday 7 January When we make a cursory comparison between John the Baptist with Jesus, John doesn’t usually come out looking too good.  He tends to be portrayed as the old fashioned fire-and-brimstone preacher-a pulpit thumper-and not a very approachable.  By contrast, Jesus is seen […]

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5 January

The call to love is at the very heart of our faith.  And what could be a simpler or more effective way of evangelization?  Forget about your multiple academic degrees and qualifications; the relationships we form with each other are meant to be at the source of our ability to evangelise.  No matter that such […]

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Saint Zedislava, O.P.

The Order of Preachers honours Saint Zedíslava as a faithful wife and a loving mother who raised four children, but her care extended to all those in need, especially the sick and the poor.  Saint Zedíslava was one of the first Lay Dominicans and established two Dominican priories.  She died in 1252 and was canonised […]

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The Most Holy Name of Jesus

As religious we will never experience this joy, but one of the important and more moving moments for parents is the choosing of a name for their child, which is literally giving an identity to a newly born human being.  It may be a name that honours a relative, or a name which creates a […]

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The Holy Family

What does it mean to be a family?  What does it mean to be responsible as persons in a family?  Well, I suppose it all depends on what we mean by ‘family’ – the concept is so confused in our secular and promiscuous society.  What groupings of people living together should be defined as family? […]

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