Reflections & Homilies

Catholic news articles on the topic of Reflections & Homilies.

Pope Francis: God wants to save the whole person

In his Angelus address yesterday, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis focused on the truth that God wants to save the whole human person - body and soul.

The Church today invites us to contemplate" the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven, he said, explaining that, at the end of her life, Mary was taken "body and soul" i...

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Homily Text: Fr Robin Gibbons on Feast of the Assumption

Notre-Dame window,  Chartres Cathedral

Fr Robin Gibbons gave the following homily at Maria Assumpta Chapel, Kensington Square, on the Solemnity of the Assumption, today, August 15th 2018, to give thanks for 65 years of the English Province of the Assumption Sisters, and for the future International Province to come - which brings together Lithuania, Belgium, UK and Italy. (Further report to follow).

1. My dear Sister...

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Litany for Feast of the Assumption

from Benedictional of Ethelwold

11th C Irish Litany for Feast of the Assumption

Great Mary Greatest of Marys Greatest of Women Mother of Eternal Glory Mother of the Golden Light Honor of the Sky Temple of the Divinity Fountain of the Gardens Serene as the Moon Bright as the Sun Garden Enclosed Temple of the Living Go...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 12 August 2018

By Sr Genevieve, Bangalore

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year. August 12th 2018 -

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." (Jn 6:51)

I've just finished seven weeks of directing and teaching on our Oxford Summer Schools. Marvellous occasions where people from all over the world come t...

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Japan: Reflection on peace by Archbishop of Nagasaki

The Fruits of War

Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, Archbishop of Nagasaki, President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan wrote at the start of Ten Days for Peace last month.

At the end of last year, Pope Francis, struck by a picture of a boy standing at a cremation site, gave instructions that copies with his signature and the words 'The Fruit of War' should be widely distributed. The photo...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 5 August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent." "For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (Jn 6:29.33)

How do we distinguish what is truthful reporting amidst the maelstrom of media noise, coming from all sorts of places, Twitter, Facebook, newspa...

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The Pope Video: August 2018 - Pray for the treasure of families

Pope Francis today released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for August, which this month is "For the treasure of Families".

In his prayer intention for the month of August 2018, Pope Francis says: "Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity." The fu...

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Pope Francis: Love is incompatible with idolatry

In his catechesis on the Ten Commandments during Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on the First Commandment, warning against the temptation to idolatry present in modern society and saying the true God teaches us to love.

"I am the Lord, your God… You shall have no other gods before me" (Ex 20:3).

Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square: "The co...

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South African reflection: The night I drove home naked

Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz

How often to we see God in the beggar? Francis Tuson writes in the South Africa based Southern Cross Catholic weekly.

.... Even as I sit and write this, I am aware of my inherent hypocrisy. Driving home from a friend's house, a few hours into the evening, I was contemplating how incredibly blessed I am.

I am not rich. I work for a small NGO, and while rewarding a...

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Pope: Don't waste food, don't be indifferent to cry of hunger

In his address to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus today, Pope Francis reflected of the day's Gospel reading that tells the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish.

Jesus and his apostles had only a few coins, the Pope said, while a great crowd had followed them up the mountain near the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

It was there that a young man, l...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 29 July 2018

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

"When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, "Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted." (Jn 6:12)

I'd forgotten, until I was reminded by a colleague, that there are only two miracles shared by all four Gospels. One is the Resurrection of Jesus - the other is the miracle story of the feeding of the fiv...

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Canon Pat Browne: Summer reflection on friendship

(Parish Priest Canon Pat Browne gave the following homily on Sunday at Holy Apostles, Pimlico.)

I think it might have been the Indian priest Anthony De Mello who told this story. A man was in need of money and asked his boss to help him out. His boss set him a challenge: if he can spend all night on the top of a mountain, he will receive a great reward; if...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 22 July 2018

monk and cat

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

Any one in the business of dealing with people knows the highs of encountering others, meeting new persons, finding common bonds, learning and sharing with them as well as creating friendships that often last a lifetime. There's more of course, it depends on what vocational work one is doing. But there are the lows as well. People can be very ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 15 July 2018

Jesus with disciples road to Emma's

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time One of the enduring images in the story of early English Christianity is the tale of Bede's sparrow. It wasn't in fact Bede's tale at all, but in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, he tells the story of King Edwin receiving the Gospel from St Paulinus about the year 625 AD. Discussing what this new faith might mean, one of the...

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