The Joy of Mercy

“Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.” (Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice) The entrance antiphon for this particular Sunday gives the day it’s name – Gaudete Sunday. ‘Gaudete’ means ‘to...

Glory Be

Image: Saint Augustine (Rubens, 1638) “Those holy Angels come to the knowledge of God not by audible words, but by the presence to their souls of immutable truth, that is, of the only-begotten Word of God; and they know this Word Himself, and the Father, and...

With You Always

“I am with you always, until the end of the age” Matthew 28:20   Sometimes, as Christians, we can feel alone, and it may seem – although it is certainly not the case in reality – that the Lord is far from us (or that we are far from Him)....

Behold The Man

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5) Throughout Holy Week, the Church greatly encourages us to maintain an air of solemnity and, as far as possible, of...

Epiphany – A Different Way

“They saw the Child with His Mother, Mary, and falling to their knees they did Him homage” Matthew 2:11   Today’s feast of the Epiphany tells a strange and mysterious tale. In his Gospel, Saint Matthew writes of “some wise men” who...

Christmas – The Beginning of Mercy

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has visited His people and redeemed them. He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour in the House of David” – ‘Benedictus’, from Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours   The message of...

The Joy of Mercy

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Lk.1:46-47)   On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of the Advent Season, the readings of the Mass are filled with a sense of joy – indeed, ‘Guadete’...

The Lord Who Comes

“See the Name of the Lord comes from afar. His splendour fills the whole world” (Magnificat antiphon for Evening Prayer I of the first Sunday of Advent)   As we enter the Season of Advent today – or, more correctly, at dusk yesterday evening,...

The Liturgy of the Hours

“It is the prayer not only of the clergy, but of the whole people of God” – Pope Paul, Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Divine Office   Recently, I have noticed what seems to be a growing trend on a number of sites I follow, and...