If Jonah’s being swallowed by the fish seems a little unreal, then his attitude seems even more unreal. Why is it that Jonah is so displeased that God would show compassion to the Ninevites? Why should he be jealous? His problem was that even though he knew that God is gracious and merciful, he didn’t […]Read More Wednesday of Week 27 in Ordinary Time
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 […]Read More Saint Paulinus of York
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 […]Read More Saint Louis Bertrand, O.P.
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 […]Read More 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 […]Read More Our Lady of the Rosary
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 […]Read More Friday of Week 26 in Ordinary Time
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 […]Read More Blessed Raymond of Capua, O.P.