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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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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Christ the King

Throughout the Scriptures, God is called a king. He is the King of Israel, and yet the ancient people of Israel didn’t want God to be their king because they wanted to be like everyone else.  They wanted a human king, a powerful leader who could lead them into battle, and they wanted somebody who […]

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

I recently watched an episode of David Attenborough’s many remarkable nature programmes, and discovered that one of the driest places on Earth is the Atacama Desert in Chile.  In some parts of the desert it hasn’t rained for more than four hundred years.  And yet, on a single day in March 2015, thunderstorms brought nearly […]

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