Saint Paulinus of York

Here in England we honour the memory of Saint Paulinus, the first Archbishop of York, a Roman monk and priest who was part of the second band of missionaries sent to England by Pope Saint Gregory I to support and assist Saint Augustine of Canterbury.  Following the Battle of Hatfield, Paulinus was exiled from York […]

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Saint Louis Bertrand, O.P.

Today we honour the memory of the Spanish Dominican Saint Louis Bertrand who preached the Gospel in Colombia and Panama.  When his health failed he returned to Spain where he died whilst preaching in the cathedral at Valencia on 9th October 1581.  Saint Louis was canonised in 1671 and he is the patron saint of […]

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It must be time for grapes to be harvested.  We’ve heard about vineyards in the readings at Mass for the last three Sundays.  A fortnight ago we heard Our Lord’s parable of the labourers in the vineyard; last week the parable of the two sons who were asked to work in their father’s vineyard; and […]

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Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lord said to his disciples: Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! (Luke 10:23).  These words can be applied to us when we pray the Rosary; because in the Mysteries of the Rosary we witness the Saviour live his life of love all over again, and his life makes it plain that […]

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Friday of Week 26 in Ordinary Time

Why was Our Lord so upset with the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum? Well, many of the people were attracted to Our Lord simply because of his miracles, but they resisted his call to repentance.  Through all the miracles he had done in those places, Our Lord showed that he was offering them freedom […]

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Blessed Raymond of Capua, O.P.

Today we honour the memory of Blessed Raymond of Capua, considered to be the second founder of the Order.  He was the spiritual director of Saint Catherine of Siena and after her death he was elected Master of the Order and introduced numerous reforms which demanded the strict following of the rules laid down by […]

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