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World Mission Sunday  I  Message from Pope Francis

World Mission Sunday I Message from Pope Francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISFOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2020 Here am I, send me (Is 6:8)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to express my gratitude to God for the commitment with which the Church throughout the world carried out the Extraordinary Missionary...

Valuing the Vulnerable – Respect Life Sunday

Valuing the Vulnerable – Respect Life Sunday

In the Gospel for Respect Life Sunday, 11 October 2020, some who are invited to a feast prioritise their farm or business work over the invitation, and refuse to come. The King instead fills his hall with all he can find, regardless of their status, worth and...

To be human is to be vulnerable

To be human is to be vulnerable

I am a palliative care nurse practitioner, and so work with the terminally ill every day. Approaching the end of one’s life is a highly vulnerable time, whether you are old, ill or marginalised. Yet, it is clear to me that to be human is to be vulnerable. However,...

Surprised & Confused by Generosity

Surprised & Confused by Generosity

Gospel Reflection From the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a...

Hope Does Not Disappoint – Series by Pope Francis

Hope Does Not Disappoint – Series by Pope Francis

POPE FRANCIS GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 7 December 2016 Christian hope - 1. Isaiah 40: “Comfort, comfort my people…” Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today we shall begin a new series of catecheses, on the theme of Christian hope. It is...

Humility in the Face of Our Shortcomings

Humility in the Face of Our Shortcomings

Gospel Reflection From the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A   Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If...

Taking up the Cross

Taking up the Cross

Gospel Reflection From the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 16:21-27 Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death...

On This Rock

On This Rock

Gospel Reflection From the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 16:13-20 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some...

Faith, trust & the Canaanite woman

Faith, trust & the Canaanite woman

Gospel Reflection From the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My...

Hope is a Journey

Hope is a Journey

In December 2016, Pope Francis delivered the third part of his series of teachings on the theme of Christian Hope. During this General Audience he gave us a good foundation upon which to explore more deeply what we understand Christian hope to be saying the following,...

Venturing onto the Water

Venturing onto the Water

Gospel Reflection From the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to...

Hope – The Air That We Breathe

Hope – The Air That We Breathe

Looking back to the start of the year, life probably seemed a lot simpler. Although each year typically has a few defining events, 2020 has already contained so many world-changing and paradigm shifting moments that it all seems hard to believe and, at times, maybe...

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