15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 6: 7-13)

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

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Reflection

In today’s First Reading, God asks a simple farmer called Amos to go and preach to a self-sufficient people who were paying lip service to God.  In the Gospel, Jesus asks his apostles to go and continue his work of proclaiming the Good News of God’s love.

At the end of every Mass, we are sent out too.  The deacon or priest tells us to “Go” – “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord” or “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”.  Like Amos in the First Reading and the apostles in the Gospel, we are to go and proclaim the Good News of God’s love by the lives we lead.

But how do we do this?  Perhaps this little story will help.

One winter’s day, a man came upon a small boy sitting begging on a wind-swept city bridge. The boy was shivering from the cold and obviously in need of a good meal. On seeing the boy, the man got very angry and said to God: “God, why don’t you do something about this little boy?” And God replied, “I’ve already done something about him.” This surprised the man, so he said, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but whatever you did, it doesn’t seem to be working.” “I agree with you there”, replied God. “By the way, what did you do?” the man asked. “I made you” came the reply.

 

COUNTDOWN TO ADOREMUS… 8 Weeks

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Illustration by Elizabeth Wang, R-60018-CW, ‘The Good Shepherd’ © Radiant Light.

The Eucharist is our vocation

Jesus said that no one lights a lamp only to put it under a tub. The lamp must be in a place where it can give light to take away the darkness.

In the same way the Eucharist, that we are so blessed to receive, cannot be hidden away. It needs to show itself in our words and actions. It is a gift not only for ourselves, but through us, it can be the gift of God’s presence and God’s love for the world.

Wherever we go we carry Christ within us.

At the end of every Mass, we are blest and sent out renewed and clear about who we are and the work God has given us to do.

Pope Francis

“Repeat frequently that “I am on a mission” and not simply that “I have a mission.” To be on a permanent mission “requires courage, audacity, imagination and the desire to go beyond, to go even further” … “The Lord invites those called to go out of themselves in order to be a gift for others” (5 January 2017).

Prayer Moment

Prayer written by Blessed John Henry Newman:

God has created me to do him some definite service;
he has committed some work to me
which he has not committed to another.
I have my mission – I may never know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for nothing.
I shall do good. I shall do his work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place while not intending it
– if I do but keep his commandments.

Therefore, I will trust him.
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him;
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve him;
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.
He does nothing in vain.


14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Urgent Call to Prayer

Let us pray for the many people involved in trying to rescue the twelve young boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand.  So far, four boys have been rescued safely, thanks be to God.  But there’s still a long way to go.

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Gospel  (Mark 6: 1-6)

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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Reflection

The hardest thing about living out the call of God in our own life isn’t always opposition from ‘enemies of the faith’.  Sometimes it’s being misunderstood by those close to us – the people we rub elbows with, our friends, our relatives.  They know us.  They know we’re one of them.  They know our faults.  We’re hesitant to become more involved in our Church, or in issues of justice and peace because we can hear them say, if only to themselves, “Who are you to be saying and doing such things?”

Dorothy Day was a laywoman who lived in New York and dedicated her life to the poor, and to the cause of justice and peace.  Cardinal John O’Connor, not long before his death, asked Rome to begin the process of considering whether she should become a canonized saint, and perhaps one day she will be canonized.

That’s interesting because during her lifetime, Dorothy Day resisted those who would refer to her as a ‘saint’.  She said that when they call you a saint, people no longer have to take you seriously.  They put you in a different category and excuse themselves from having to even think about doing the same things you do.  After all, you’re a ‘saint’ and they’re not.  They’re just regular people.  Dorothy Day once quipped, “Don’t trivialize me by trying to make me a saint.”

That’s the problem.  We think that regular folks aren’t holy.  Regular folks don’t get involved in working for the poor.  Regular folks don’t pray much.  Regular folks just more or less go to church and lead a ‘normal’ life.

Trouble is, a ‘normal’ life for a disciple of the Lord isn’t always what others might consider normal.  At baptism we symbolically die to one way of living and rise to a new and different way of life.  That’s what Christianity was called before it was ever called ‘Christianity’.  It was called ‘The Way’.  Christianity is a way of life.

The truth is, we’re sometimes reluctant to follow this ‘way of life’ not because of godless people who might persecute us.  The truth is, we’re sometimes uneasy about living out our faith because we might get the same reaction Jesus got from his own townspeople:  Where did this man get all this? Why… he’s just one of us.

(Bishop Ken Utener, 9 July 2000)

COUNTDOWN TO ADOREMUS… 9 Weeks

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Illustration by Elizabeth Wang © Radiant Light – ‘The Mass is like a window into time, through which we are present to the Saving Sacrifice of Christ, as Mary looks on’.

The Eucharist is our thanksgiving to God

In the Mass, Jesus is making the greatest prayer there has ever been. He gives himself to his Father to the last drop of his blood. He holds back nothing. He gives everything. It is this prayer of self-giving in love for sinners like us that is at the very heart of the Eucharist. Here we see what love looks like.

How can we say thank you to God in a way that even comes close to being worthy of the great gift he has given us in his Son? God makes it possible. We offer what we can – the fruit of the earth and the work of our hands. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God accepts these simple offerings and transforms them into the Body and Blood of his Son.

Pope Francis

“At every celebration of Mass, our lives, offered in union with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, become, in him, an offering of praise and thanksgiving pleasing to the Father, for the salvation of the world. The liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council sought to help the faithful understand more fully and share more fruitfully in the Eucharist. At Mass, Jesus becomes truly present and allows us in some way, like the Apostle Thomas, to touch his flesh and renew our faith in him” (15 November 2017).

Prayer Moment

Take a moment to thank God for the gift of his Son, Jesus.
What gift are you most grateful for in your life?
How can you show God that you are grateful to him not just in words but in your actions?

Repeat the words on the banner:
This is my body… broken for you
broken for me…
broken for… (name someone who needs prayer).

Excerpt from ‘This is my Body’ by Jimmy Owens & Damian Lundy © 1978 Bud John Songs/EMI/Christian Music Publishing/CopyCare. www.kevinmayhew.com


13th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 5: 21-43)

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

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Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, “Who touched me?”’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter,’ he said ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’

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While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

PICTURES FROM WALKING DAY 2018

St Mary’s

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St Benedict’s

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Many thanks to those who forwarded these photographs.  If you have any pictures to share, please email them to mailto:frdave@rcaolp.co.uk


The Nativity of John the Baptist

Gospel  (Luke 1: 57-66, 80)

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name’, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts. ‘What will this child turn out to be?’ they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

Meanwhile the child grew up and his spirit matured. And he lived out in the wilderness until the day he appeared openly to Israel.

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Reflection

Just three birthdays are celebrated by the Church in the liturgy each year – that of Jesus at the winter solstice, his mother’s on 8th September and that of his cousin John the Baptist near midsummer’s day.  John’s birth comes just after the longest day of the year when the light begins to decline — just as Jesus’ birth is celebrated as the days begin to lengthen.  The placing of these two feasts summarises John the Baptist’s mission: ‘I must decrease, he must increase.’

Prayer

O God,
you raise up prophets in every age.
Let your Spirit, who filled John the Baptist from his mother’s womb,
fill us with joy as we celebrate his birth.

May the example of his life,
the urgency of his preaching,
and the power of his prayers
make us ready to receive the one he announced,
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

(c) 1998 ICEL


11th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 4: 26-34)

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

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Reflection

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

© 1979 Ken Untener (Bishop of Saginaw)

Let us pray

For fathers and grandfathers, godfathers and stepfathers, and for those who have been like a father to us.

†That every human life may be protected and cherished from conception to natural death.

†For the victims of human trafficking – that they may be helped to rebuild their lives after the traumatic experiences they have gone through.

†For the people of Lourdes and surrounding regions in France following the floods this week.

†That the courageous meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un may bear fruit, especially for the suffering people of North Korea.

 


10th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 3: 20-35)

Jesus went home with his disciples, and such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.

The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘Beelzebul is in him’ and, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out.’ So he called them to him and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand. Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot stand either – it is the end of him. But no one can make his way into a strong man’s house and burgle his property unless he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.

‘I tell you solemnly, all men’s sins will be forgiven, and all their blasphemies; but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness: he is guilty of an eternal sin.’ This was because they were saying, ‘An unclean spirit is in him.’

His mother and brothers now arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

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Reflection  (Fr Jude Botelho)

In today’s gospel passage, we see some of the frustrations Jesus had to contend with. He had to contend with the constant opposition from his enemies and sometimes even misunderstanding from his own family.

News of people’s reactions to him reached Nazareth and, worried about the direction of his life, his relatives set out to rescue him and bring him back home. Many great people were at times believed to be mad by their contemporaries. When they reached the house where he was preaching, they sent him a message: “Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.” On hearing this, Jesus replied. “Who are my mother and my brothers?” “Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

When Jesus left Nazareth he ‘lost’ his natural family, but gained another family – the family of his disciples. He was calling people to a spiritual family, built not on bonds of blood and nation. Blood relations are important, but it is not everything. Jesus refused to go back home with his relatives. Though his mission was proving to be frustrating, he refused to quit. He had a mission to accomplish.

Jesus gives us an example of faithfulness in a time of darkness. Jesus was calling people to a new community, into a spiritual family. Belief in Jesus and the practice of God’s will are what create community. With his example to inspire us, and his grace to strengthen us, we too can be faithful to our vocation as his disciples.

Prayer

God of wisdom and love, source of all good,
send your Spirit to teach us your truth
and guide our actions in your way of peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

(Adapted from Opening Prayer (c) 1973 ICEL)


Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (B)

Gospel  (Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26)

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to Jesus, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house which he enters, “The Master says: Where is my dining room in which I can eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upper room furnished with couches, all prepared. Make the preparations for us there.’ The disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them, and prepared the Passover.

And as they were eating he took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.’

After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives.

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Song  (Panis Angelicus)

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The bread that angels eat
becomes our food on earth,
God sends his manna, living Bread,
from heaven above;
what wonders now we see:
those who are last and least
receive their Lord as food and drink,
his pledge of love.

Three persons, yet one God,
be pleased to hear our prayer:
come down in power to seek your own,
dispel our night;
teach us your word of truth;
guide us along your way;
bring us at last to dwell with you
in endless light.

St Thomas Aquinas tr. James Quinn SJ

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Intercessions

At the supper to which all are invited, Christ gives his body and blood for the life of the world. Earnestly we beseech him, saying:

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, you have commanded us to celebrate the eucharistic meal in remembrance of you: — enrich your Church with the worthy celebration of these mysteries.

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal high priest, you have committed to your priests the ministration of your sacraments: — help them to do their part in your work with the unfailing gladness of genuine charity.

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ, manna from heaven, you make into one all who share the one bread: — grant peace and concord to all who believe in you.

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ, heavenly physician, you give an eternal remedy and a pledge of resurrection to those who eat your bread: — grant health to the ailing and a real hope to sinners.

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ, king who is to come, we know that whenever we celebrate these mysteries, we proclaim your death until you come again: — bring all those who have died in you to share your resurrection.

R.  Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
R.  Amen.


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (B)

Gospel

Matthew 28: 16-20

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

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Prayer

A beautiful prayer to ponder from the 1973 edition of the Roman Missal:

God, we praise you:
Father all-powerful, Christ Lord and Saviour, Spirit of love.

You reveal yourself in the depths of our being,
drawing us to share in your life and your love.

One God, three Persons,
be near to the people formed in your image,
close to the world your love brings to life.

We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.

Song

‘The Deer’s Cry’ from The Pilgrim by Shaun Davey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DONuyLwWPaY

I arise today

Through the strength of Heaven
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendour of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of the sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock

I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s eye to look before me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to protect me

From all who shall wish me ill
Afar and a-near
Alone and in a multitude
Against every cruel
Merciless power
That may oppose my body and soul

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me

I arise today.

Anon. 8th Century, translated from old Irish by Kuno Meyer


Pentecost Sunday 2018

Pentecost Sequence

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The Pentecost Sequence, also known as the ‘Golden Sequence’, is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Roman Missal.

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow

Thou in toil art comfort sweet
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour thy dew
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will
Melt the frozen, warm the chill
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die
Give us life with thee on high
Give us joys that never end.

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Pope Francis on Pentecost

Then, there is something else: this Holy Spirit is a disaster because he never tires of being creative! Now, with the new forms of consecrated life, he is truly creative, with the charisms… It is interesting: he is the Author of diversity but at the same time the Creator of unity. This is the Holy Spirit. And with this diversity of charisms and many things, he makes the unity of the Body of Christ, and also the unity of consecrated life. And this too is a challenge. (Speech to participants in the International Convention of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, May, 2018)

Let us ask ourselves today: Are we open to God’s surprises? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? (Mass with ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

The Holy Spirit would appear to create disorder in the Church, since he brings the diversity of charisms and gifts; yet all this, by his working, is a great source of wealth. (Mass with the ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

Be open to the surprises of the Spirit. Have the grace of docility to the Spirit, to go along the path that the Lord Jesus wants for each one of us and for the entire Church. (Daily Mass in St. Martha chapel, April, 2016)

The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going, that makes us feel like pilgrims and foreigners and doesn’t allow us to get comfortable and become sedentary. (General audience in preparation for Pentecost, May, 2017)

The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit. Closing oneself off from the Holy Spirit means not only a lack of freedom; it is a sin. There are many ways one can close oneself off to the Holy Spirit: by selfishness for one’s own gain; by rigid legalism – seen in the attitude of the doctors of the law to whom Jesus referred as ‘hypocrites’; by neglect of what Jesus taught; by living the Christian life not as service to others but in the pursuit of personal interests; and in so many other ways. However, the world needs the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers. The world needs the fruits, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul lists them: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ The gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. (Pentecost Homily, 2015)

With thanks to www.praytellblog.com


7th Sunday of Easter (B)

Gospel  (John 17: 11-19)

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father,
keep those you have given me true to your name,
so that they may be one like us.
While I was with them,
I kept those you had given me true to your name.
I have watched over them
and not one is lost
except the one who chose to be lost,
and this was to fulfil the scriptures.
But now I am coming to you
and while still in the world I say these things
to share my joy with them to the full.
I passed your word on to them,
and the world hated them,
because they belong to the world
no more than I belong to the world.
I am not asking you to remove them from the world,
but to protect them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth;
your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world,
and for their sake I consecrate myself
so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’

Novena of Prayer (between Ascension and Pentecost)

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Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with wisdom, love and courage.
Make us more like Christ in our words and actions.


Bless the work of your Church.
Renew us all in the desire to make Christ known and loved in the world today.

Bless the work of our parish.
Guide all that we do so that our church is a place of mercy and service for all who are seeking you.

Deepen our love for the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
and guide us in prayer and action as we journey towards Synod 2020
to become the Church you are calling us to be.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.