The Baptism of the Lord

Today when we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we are offered an opportunity to reflect upon the grace/s of our baptism. The Baptism of Our Lord is the beginning of his public ministry. While, Christmas could be perceived as the revelation of Jesus to the Jews, Epiphany could be

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The Meaning of the Epiphany

In many parts of the world it is the custom today, the feast of the Epiphany, for adults and children to dress up as the Magi (the photo in our Newsletter shows an Epiphany procession in Poland). The rich symbolism of the story in Matthew’s gospel of the coming of

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Christmas Peace at Every Level and Everyday

Isn’t it ridiculous how we can allow events to irritate us and get right under our skin? I came across a story in a national newspaper last week about a shopping centre in Stirling, Scotland which declined the request of the Legion of Mary to display a traditional crib on

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In Advent with Merton

LAST MONDAY was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of one of the most remarkable spiritual figures and writers of the twentieth century, the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He was born in France but brought up in his early life in America, where his mother died when he was very

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The “Other”

The positivity of the otherness is quite often a forgotten fact, rather a rejected phenomenon. It has created a space for diatribe, which swings to the other end of the pendulum. Instead of celebrating the otherness of the other, it has been converted into a weapon of polarization and division,

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Take Advent Seriously!

It has become a bit of a commonplace that clergy moan at this time of year about how Advent, in the way in which the Church has understood it for many centuries, is effectively eclipsed by people’s determination to celebrate in some way or other, Christmas, nearly a month early

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Christ a King Like No Other

‘Christ is the ruler of the kings of the earth’. These words are from The Book of Revelation also known as The Apocalypse. Today’s feast day has traditionally been called ‘Christ the King’ although just to emphasise the point that he is in fact King of all creation you will

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The Day of the Poor

JUST OVER A YEAR AGO the Holy Father established a special worldwide day for Catholics to reflect on the needs of the poor of the world, to be each year on the penultimate Sunday of the liturgical year before Advent; so today we celebrate the second Day of the Poor,

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Remember and Listen to Benedict XV

‘That for which the whole world has long sighed, which Christianity has implored with such fervent prayer, and for which We too, interpreter of the common sorrow, have never ceased to pray with the heart of the father intent on the good of all – that has come in a

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