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Apostle of the Apostles

“..It is not easy, it is not obvious to accept the life of the Risen Christ and His presence among us .. Mary Magdalene weeps, she sees Him but does not recognize Him, she only realizes that it is Jesus when He calls her by name .. Like Mary Magdalene, we need to hear...

Bartolo and the Devil

A year or two back, Pope Francis asked the Church to pray the prayer to Saint Michael for the protection of the Church from the Devil. Indeed, there had been many previous occasions on which the Holy Father spoke of the reality of Satan, and he reminded us of the core...

Our Spiritual Models

“We are all called to be holy by living our lives with loveand by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves”(Pope Francis, Gaudete Et Exsultate, para14)   For more than fifty years, the Church has been reminding us constantly that we are...

Faustina and the Angels

“September 29. On the feast of St Michael the Archangel, I saw by my side that great Leader, who spoke these words to me – ‘The Lord has ordered me to take special care of you. Know that you are hated by evil; but do not fear – Who is like God!’. And he disappeared....

Remembering Nevers

The statue of ‘Notre Dame des Eaux’ in the convent garden.Bernadette said of it – “She has something of the beauty that I saw”. I had written earlier about my favourite Saints and noting that at the top of my personal list is Saint...

Our Friends The Saints

I have noticed that when I write, I often make reference to ‘the Saints’ – whether generally, or with specific reference to a particular person. It is probable that most Catholics have at least one ‘favourite’ Saint. For whatever reason, a particular...

Newman On Prayer

I am presently reading some of the writings of Saint John Henry Newman, our most recent British Saint. He writes on various subjects and the book I am reading just now is his work ‘Meditations And Devotions’ – this offers reflections on various subjects;...

The Queen’s Knight

Main image: (C) Fr Hugh Gillespie SMM Truly great Saints leave a lasting legacy which extends far beyond their own time and place, reaching forward and influencing the future direction of the Church, and the lives and the spirituality of those who will come later....

Holy Submission

It is quite possible that when we think about the great Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, the first word that comes to mind is “stigmata” – this is, after all, the single thing which perhaps drew crowds to this simple friar more than anything else, and which...
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