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...

Set The Earth On Fire

“I have come to set the earth on fire,and how I wish it were already ablaze!” (Luke 12:49) We know the Jesus of the Gospels to be compassionate and merciful, kind and loving to all who approach Him, regardless of their past. We know that in the encounter...

They Have No Wine

“The Mother of Jesus said to Him – ‘They have no wine’.” John 2:7 Four words. Four single, short words. And in them, the Mother of Jesus makes clear to Her Son that She is concerned for the bride and groom whose wedding they are attending...

Meeting Christ in the Gospels

“Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father” Jn. 14:9   The greatest joy about being Catholic is in knowing Christ, and in that knowing, having a real, living and personal relationship with Him. One of the great perils of the spiritual life is knowing...

A Scriptural Rosary

“.. a Gospel prayer ..”Blessed Pope Paul VI – ‘Marialis Cultus’ The Rosary is a deeply Scriptural prayer and it has been referred to as ‘theologically rich in Biblical content’ (Pope St John Paul II) – indeed, it is the Gospel in bead form. The prayers of the Rosary...

Sweet As Honey

“Your word, Lord, stands forever” (Ps.119)   All of us who profess to be Catholic are called to be as much like the Lord as we can be – in other words, to be holy. We are aware that our faith places demands upon us; we are called to constantly...

An Introduction to Lectio Divina

“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Ps.119:105)   The words of Sacred Scripture are beautiful and consoling and in them, we learn of the Person of Jesus Christ. We hear the readings at Mass – the Psalms, the Epistles and the...

You Are Peter

“Blessed are you, Simon.. And I tell you – you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church.. I will give you the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (cf. Mt.16:17-19) I often wonder what drew the Lord to call Simon Peter the fisherman as His first...

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...