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August 21, 2020
Bishop David McGough
Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Isaiah 22: 19-23; Romans 11: 33-36; Matthew 16: 13-20 “How rich are the depths of God, how deep his wisdom and knowledge, and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods. Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?” At first sight, these verses of St Paul
August 21, 2020
Michael Duggan
Some readers may remember a couple of Herald pieces in recent years highlighting the grip Catholic football managers seemed to have assumed over the Premier League, with one winning team after another being coached by a man reared in the faith and often devoutly practising it as well. This run has just been interrupted with
August 21, 2020
Fr Ed Tomlinson
Having children has taught me that actions speak louder than words. Parents, save your breath: you can tell your children what you want, but they will ultimately follow your example. This lockdown suggested the rule also applies to the Church. Once doors were closed it mattered not whether that decision came from Government or prelates,
August 21, 2020
Fr Andrew Pinsent
What is love? One challenge to finding an answer is that “love” covers a diversity of dispositions. The phrases “I love chocolate” and “I love you” use the same verb, but loving a person is, one hopes, something more durable and substantive than a love of chocolate. Such examples underline that loving persons is the
August 16, 2020
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
The Collect for the 20th Ordinary Sunday, found also in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, is in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost. Deus, qui diligentibus te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, ut, te in omnibus et super omnia diligentes, promissiones tuas, quae omne desiderium superant, consequamur.
August 14, 2020
Fr Andrew Pinsent
As a physicist and a priest, I am sometimes asked how I can accept miracles. My response is: “Why not?”
August 14, 2020
Eleanor Parker
August is the month of the harvest, and most customs of this month involve harvest in one way or another. August 1 is Lammas, a festival of the wheat harvest first celebrated in Anglo-Saxon England. Its name means “loaf-mass”, and it may originally have been a day when loaves of bread made from the first
August 14, 2020
Bishop David McGough
Feast of the Assumption Revelation 11:19 & 12:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15: 45-51; Luke 1: 39-56 “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order.” These words
August 09, 2020
Fr John Zuhlsdorf
This Sunday’s Latin Collect, for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots, however, in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo.  COLLECT (2002 MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, quem paterno nomine invocare praesumimus, perfice in cordibus nostris spiritum adoptionis filiorum, ut promissam hereditatem
August 07, 2020
Bishop David McGough
Nineteenth Sunday of the Year 1 Kings 19:9 & 11-13; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33 “When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he went into a cave and spent the night in it. He was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ Then the Lord passed by.” These verses place the
August 06, 2020
Charlie Hart
August can be a flat month in the garden. Much of what is best has been and gone. The garden seems to sprawl, exhausted by high summer. There is no point fighting this moment of capitulation, but as gardeners, we can at least seek to leaven it. August is, for instance, a good month for
August 06, 2020
Fr Dominic Allain
“Vanità di vanità, ogni cos’ e vanità,” we sang to a hauntingly sad melody. St Philip Neri used to make his novices sing this song and we, as their 20th-Century counterparts, were taught it by Dr Mary Remnant for performance in one of her lecture recitals at the London Oratory. The evening was billed as