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January 14, 2016
Francis Phillips
In his interview with Andrea Tornielli Pope Francis recalled his first encounter with God's mercy
January 14, 2016
Ed Condon
The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on
January 14, 2016
Bishop David McGough
Second Sunday of the Year Is 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11 (Year C) “Like a young man marrying a virgin, so shall the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.” The prophet Isaiah was extravagant, some would say daring, in
January 14, 2016
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
In the classical, traditional Roman liturgical calendar, this week brings us on January 22 to the feast of Ss Vincent of Saragosa and Anastasius the Persian. Vincent was a deacon and the proto-martyr of Spain, killed around 304 when Diocletian was emperor. St Augustine (d 430) preached about Vincent that he suffered torments beyond what
January 14, 2016
Staff writers
Fabian, who was from a noble Roman background, became Bishop of Rome in 236, having only recently arrived in the city. After 13 days of deliberation the Church elders had not reached an agreement on who should become the new pope. Then a dove suddenly landed on the shoulder of Fabian: the Holy Spirit had
January 14, 2016
Mgr Anthony Abela
John 2:1-11 1 Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine had been given out, Jesus’s mother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 4 “You must
January 14, 2016
Pastor Iuventus
What Catholics get wrong about mercy Thomas Merton says the saints weep for their sins more than we do because they remind them of God’s mercy. The regenerate St Augustine says to the Lord: “I count up your graces and your mercies, because you have melted my sins away as if they were ice. And
January 14, 2016
Staff writers
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, January 17: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 62:1-5; Ps 96; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11 Monday, January 18: Weekday in Ordinary Time 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50; Mk 2:18-22 Tuesday, January 19: Weekday in Ordinary Time or St Wulstan 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89; Mk 2:23-28 Wednesday,
January 14, 2016
Fr Ronald Rolheiser
The Belgian spiritual writer Bieke Vandekerckhove comes by her wisdom honestly. She didn’t learn what she shares from a book or even primarily from the good example of others. She learnt what she shares through the crucible of a unique suffering, being hit at the tender age of 19 with a terminal disease that promised
January 14, 2016
James Le Fanu
When Prime Minister, Tony Blair famously did not “do God”, or so his press secretary Alastair Campbell insisted during an interview back in 2003 – in marked contrast to the candidates in this year’s American presidential election. Surveys of registered Republicans confirm that more than two thirds would never vote for an atheist, so it
January 14, 2016
Staff writers
1 Thirteen students at St Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol have been invited to become members of Mensa after IQ tests. 2 Nicholas le Cornu is instituted to the Ministry of Lector by Mgr Nicholas France at Mass in St Thomas’s Church, Jersey. 3 Fr Roland Colhoun with Oisín McMenamin and Caoimhe McMenamin at the
January 14, 2016
Staff writers
Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Mon: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland Liaison Committee, Archbishop’s House, 12 noon. Tue: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland Liaison Committee, Archbishop’s House, 7.15am, Mass to celebrate Opening of Sixth Form Centre, St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls, London, 2.30pm. Wed: Meeting