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December 10, 2015
Mgr Anthony Abela
Luke 3:10-18 10 The people asked [John], “What are we to do, then?” 11 He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it.” 12 Some tax collectors came to be baptised, and they asked him, “Teacher, what are we to do?” 13
December 10, 2015
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
The Third Sunday of Advent is nicknamed “Gaudete … Rejoice!”, from the first word of the Introit chant. Gaudete is the counterpart of “Laetare … Rejoice!” Sunday during Lent. Today we relax slightly Advent’s penitential focus. Some claim Advent is not a penitential time, even though it has always been considered such in centuries past.
December 10, 2015
Bishop David McGough
The prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent prays that we who await the celebration of the Lord’s Nativity might celebrate the joys of so great a salvation with glad rejoicing. For many the final preparations for Christmas bring stress rather than joy. Perhaps it is not too late to stand back from immediate preparations
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
1. Archbishop Leo Cushley with children from St Peter’s Primary School in Morningside, Edinburgh, ahead of his 31-date tour of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. 2. Elena Cucuz, Jacob Brown, Lucy Deakin, music teacher Craig Gilligan, Joey Walklate and Ruby Brocklehurst are recording a charity Christmas single at St Joseph’s College in Trent
December 10, 2015
Staff writers
Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Sun: Opens Westminster Cathedral Door of Mercy during Liturgy of Vespers and Benediction, 3.30pm. Tue: Preaches at Metropolitan Police Carol Service, Westminster Abbey, 6pm. Wed: Meeting with Bishops’ Conference Staff, London, 10am, Christmas Celebration Reception, Archbishop’s House, 6.30pm, Christmas Celebration, Westminster Cathedral, 7.30pm. Thu: Christmas Celebration, Archbishop’s House, 6.30pm, Christmas Celebration, Westminster
December 10, 2015
Mary Kenny
When the vote on bombing Syria was going through the House of Commons last week, I thought about all the people I had met in Lebanon, where I had just spent five days. I met some inspiring individuals there – Lebanese, Syrian, British, American and others – but the one thing they had in common
December 10, 2015
Philip Booth
Pope Francis has frequently described the present global financial system as an “economy that kills”. He often specifically criticises speculation on food prices. Addressing the UN this year, he said: “Beginning in 2008 the trend of food prices has changed: doubled, then stabilised, but always with higher figures in comparison to the preceding period… We
December 10, 2015
Dan Hitchens
Aoife Assumpta Hart calls herself a “nunnabe” – somebody whose dream is to be a nun. She has wanted to enter religious life since she was eight. But, she says, it can’t happen, for a simple reason. Hart is a transsexual, and although she now identifies as female, she was born male. “Nuns are communities
December 10, 2015
Stuart Reid
Tuesday, December 1 The third day of Advent finds me brooding about Harry, my springer spaniel. There is nothing of Advent about him. He is going, not coming. He has bad arthritis and is on steroids, which leave him ravenous. He looks at me with begging, bewildered, sometimes reproachful eyes. I took him for a
December 10, 2015
Fr Raymond de Souza
Vatican City Much has rightly been made about the continuity between the great pope of mercy – St John Paul II – and the proclamation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy by Pope Francis, who has put the experience of mercy at the heart of his pontificate. Yet the special jubilee is more than just
December 10, 2015
Siobhhan Tighe
Marietta Jaeger-Lane has been through one of the worst things imaginable, and yet not only does she forgive the man who caused her so much pain, she also fought for his survival. It started in 1973 on an idyllic and much longed-for camping trip in Montana. Marietta was putting her five children to sleep, and
December 10, 2015
Tim Stanley
Dame Edna Everage once said: “A celebrity is a nobody who got lucky.” So, are the people being pelted with scorpions on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! unlucky or lucky? On the one hand, they are being humiliated on television. On the other, they are on television. And that’s where the