Finding silence…

The following demonstrates a simple exercise that those for whom I’m a spiritual director will recognise and even those whom I have directed musically will recognise some of the technique. Its true that there is too little silence in our contemporary lives – recreationally there is a tendency to fill our time with more noise,…

On Holy Communion during Holy Week

As we prepare to celebrate the salvific events in the history of our salvation, it perhaps is opportune to revisit Dom Gueranger’s excellent reflection on receiving Holy Communion during this particularly significant season. The Provost By Dom Prosper Gueranger OSB The holy Mass is the true sacrifice, of which the sacrifices of the old Law…

Today’s Feast: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Friday before Palm Sunday, and on Sept. 15, the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary are commemorated in the Liturgy. The Sorrowful Mother has always merited within The Church a particular devotion from whence she is called: Queen of Martyrs and Comforter of the Afflicted. The Church commemorates by two Feasts the martyrdom…

40 Days Brighton…another eyewitness

Ref my previous post about the 40 Days Brighton: the facts… the following from blogger “Da Bones“… I’ll be surprised if The Argus publish this letter: ‘While I personally do not consider the graphic imagery of abortion to be a sensible approach to protesting against abortion, it is also true that Abort 67 have changed…

The historical Jesus…

One of the most common criticisms of the uneducated against the veracity of the Gospel is the charge that Christ did not even exist! The truth of the matter is, that there is plenty of evidence to the contrary and though we have the eyewitness testimonies of the Apostles and disciples and objective considerations of…

40 Days Brighton: the facts

I recognise that abortion is a sensitive subject, so sensitive in fact that opportunities to discuss it are practically non-existent either in the private or public sphere unless something reactionary or provocative is going on. It would seem that something “provocative” is going on here in Brighton and has become something of a “hot potato”…

Today’s Saint: St Benedict, Abbot & Co-Patron of Europe

Overrun by half-civilized pagan and Arian hordes during the fifth century, Italy and the entire Mediterranean world was falling back into barbarism. The Church was torn by conflict, city and country alike were made desolate by war and pillage, violence was rampant among Christians as well as heathen. During this anarchic time appeared one of…

Today’s Saint: St Joseph, Foster-father of Jesus

St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. His high privilege is expressed in a single phrase, “Foster-father of Jesus.” About him Sacred Scripture has little more to say than that…

Today’s Saint: St Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church

St Gregory the Great Pope, Doctor of the Church St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of Gordianus, a wealthy senator, who later renounced the world and became one of the seven deacons of Rome. After he had acquired the usual thorough education, Emperor Justin the Younger appointed him, in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass…

Today we worship Jesus as the Prince of Light, the “stronger” One, who casts out a devil, defends His authority over the whole kingdom of devils, and demands that we declare our allegiance to Him. Loyalty is in our very blood because God put it there; it is meant to hold us firm when truant…

Today’s Saint: St John of God

Whatsoever you do to one of these the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to Me. It is now five centuries since the birth of St. John of God. The example of his life is still inspiring people, his work has spread throughout the world. What was it about this man that led…

Where We Got the Bible: The Development of the Canon

Very interesting and well worth a listen! I always think it useful to remember that the Bible as we know it came to us from the Church’s Tradition i.e. from the Tradition of the Church was the Bible codified and by those very same folk who confirmed and established the core Christian doctrines in those…