All Souls

There are two Scottish Jesuits called Gerard Hughes, which is unfortunate because they are easily confused. I once made the mistake of going to lecture by the wrong one. Instead of a pleasant evening of reflection and spirituality, I was forced to endure an hour and a half of deep philosophical ramblings. To help distinguish […]

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Thirtieth Sunday Year A

For the last two Sundays the Pharisees and Sadducees have tried to trap Jesus with their questions. Last week it was about taxes and Caesar, this week its about commandments and law. The questions they ask are hostile meant to destroy and discredit Jesus, but he adeptly sidesteps them and turns them on their head. […]

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Mission Sunday

Today is Mission Sunday and as you entered the Church today you may have seen the Mission Sunday posters of the family from Mongolia in traditional dress its really lovely. Mongolia is said to be the youngest Catholic Church in the world. The church there is only last twenty years. Yet when Marco Polo went […]

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday Year A

Gerry McCann the father of the kidnapped child Madeline was interviewed on radio the other morning. The Sunday Times had run an atrocious story on the family and had been forced to retract, apologize and pay damages: which they donated to charity. Listening to Gerry McCann the sense of loss and grief is still palpable […]

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday Year A

There is no such thing as a free lunch as I learnt when out of the blue, and quite out of character, my sister invited me in to town for lunch. You mean your going to pay I asked doubtfully. “Yes, of course.” she said, as if this were an everyday occurrence. But I should […]

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday Year A

In the mysterious and rarefied world of theoretical physics, serious scientists speak of “parallel universes”. By which they mean, I think, that there are an infinite number of other universes just like ours, but with small differences. So theoretically we are all sitting at mass in another dimension, only I’m not preaching. No, you can’t […]

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The Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. And as we do so we are invite to reflect for a moment on the cross of our Saviour. At the very heart of our faith is the cross of Christ. For us as Catholics the cross is essential to our daily life of […]

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Twenty-Third Sunday Yr A

Keeping the peace is easier said than done. At the moment the world is far from being a peaceful place. Not only is Isis threatening the stability of Iraq and the Middle East, but the peace treaty in the Holy Land is hanging by a thread and Russian aggression threatens the stability of Europe and […]

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Twentieth Sunday Yr A

During the summer holidays I read the biography of one of America’s most outstanding presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt or F.D.R., as he was better known. He was a person of great courage and resilience, despite being cripple by Polio as a youth and dogged by ill health still, he tenaciously perused a political career. He […]

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Nineteenth Sunday Yr A

At long last the plight of the Christians in Iraq and wider Middle East is being addressed in the media. It is estimated that the Christian population of the Holy Land has fallen by 80% in the last few years. Many of these communities have been present there since Apostolic times.   Last November we […]

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