Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Today we honour the memory of a modern saint: Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who was arrested by the Nazis in 1941 and sent to Auschwitz.  Following the escape of a prisoner the Nazis retaliated by randomly selecting ten men to starve to death.  Fr. Kolbe offered to take the place of a married man […]

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Those of us with a few grey hairs on our heads may find it hard to believe that the first human landing on the moon took place 48 years ago (1969).  Medical procedures like open-heart surgery and transplants have now become routine, every day events.   Today’s computer technology is such that a Smartphone has more […]

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Saturday of Week 18 in Ordinary Time

I recently read a biography of the celebrated physicist Albert Einstein in which the author described an expedition to observe the 1919 solar eclipse which confirmed Einstein’s theory concerning the curvature of space, a scientific guess that was based on his general theory of relativity.  Some years later, a student asked Einstein, what would you […]

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Saint Clare

The hallmark of Saint Clare’s sanctity was her complete devotion to the naked poverty of Christ Crucified, which inspired her to embrace a life of penance, expressed through near absolute poverty.  In this she was as radical as her mentor Saint Francis.  Poverty and penance, along with devotion to Christ’s Passion, is what distinguishes the Franciscan charism from […]

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Saint Lawrence

I’m not a great fan of zucchini, but many years ago I did have a go at growing some.  And I discovered that a mistake common to many novice gardeners is to underestimate the zucchini they plant.  They don’t appreciate just how fruitful those tiny seeds can be.  Just one seed can produce up to […]

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