Corpus Christi

All of us approach the Mass, and indeed the Church and all of her Sacraments, in different ways; we each come here today with differing agendas, expectations, and attitudes.  We come with our own personal histories; we each carry our own burdens of personal problems.  Some of us are here because we love God, some […]

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Saint Richard of Chichester

Today we honour the memory of Saint Richard of Chichester, who is not quite a local saint, but he was chancellor to our own Saint Edmund of Abingdon when he was Archbishop of Canterbury.  After Saint Edmund’s death Richard was appointed Bishop of Chichester.  He was also a Dominican tertiary.  The Church in England honours […]

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Saint Antony of Padua

Today we honour the memory of Saint Antony of Padua: a Canon Regular who became a Franciscan Friar after being inspired by the stories of Franciscan martyrdoms in North Africa.  He ministered in Morocco for a short time but had to return home due to ill health.  Antony spent the remainder of his short life […]

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Monday of Week 10 in Ordinary Time

Today’s gospel contains a number of declarations by Our Lord which have come to be known as ‘The Beatitudes’.  The word beatitude means happiness or even something stronger, perhaps like bliss.  We hardly use the word beatitude today: it’s an unusual word that describes unusual statements. After all, where is the happiness or the bliss […]

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