Reflections & Homilies

Catholic news articles on the topic of Reflections & Homilies.

Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 20 October 2018

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Because of his anguish he shall see the light; because of his knowledge he shall be content; My servant, the just one, shall justify the many, their iniquity he shall bear". (Is 53:11)

Those words from the Prophet Isaiah are really heart breaking, for there are very few of us who can have injustice visi...

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World Mission Sunday Reflection

A Sister of Our Lady of the Missions, Rose Mary Harbinson RNDM, gave a Mission Awareness talk in St Joseph's Parish, Wealdstone on the 28th Sunday of the Year, based on the readings: Wisdom 7:7-11; Ps 89; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10: 17-30.

This is the month when we remember to pray for the Missionary Church and Pope Francis in his address this year will remind us that we are all, b...

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Pope reflects on three forms of poverty

During his homily at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis reflected on the three forms of poverty that a Christian is called to live. The first is to renounce riches, with a heart detached from money, the second is to accept persecution, large or small, even slander, because of the Gospel, and the third is the poverty of loneliness, to feel alone at the end of life.

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The Pope Video: 15 October - The Mission of Religious

Today, The Pope Video has issued the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the Mission of Religious.

Pope Francis said: "The joy with which men and women religious fulfill their mission is a blessing for us all. Let us support them so they may find their path, accompanying the most disadvantaged.

Religious, with their prayer, poverty, and patience, are essential to the Church's missio...

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Final homily of St Oscar Romero & audio

Archbishop Romero celebrated Mass on 24 March 1980, for the first anniversary of the death of Sara Meardi de Pinto, mother of Jorge Pinto, publisher and editor of El Independiente, a weekly newspaper that was one of the few voices for justice and human rights in El Salvador.

The Mass began at about 6pm, in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital, in San Salvador. This homi...

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Pope at Canonisation of Romero, Paul VI, and five more saints who lived God's Word with passion & video

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Pope Francis declared Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero saints this morning, together with five other lesser-known Blesseds: Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Caterina Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and Nunzio Sulprizio. Under a clear blue sky, addressing tens of thousands of people who had travelled from all over the world to attend the Canonisatio...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 14 October 2018

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

'No creature is concealed from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of God to whom we must render an account.' (He 4:13)

Human beings are experts at cover-ups! Who amongst us at some point in our life hasn't tried to conceal a small misdemeanour, perhaps something we did as a child, trying to avo...

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Pope Francis: Watch out for friendly, 'well-mannered demons'

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today, Pope Francis spoke about how well-mannered demons can lead us to worldliness with guile and persuasion. When the devil cannot destroy head on with vices, wars or injustices, he does so subtly with guiles, gradually leading people into the spirit of the world, making them feel nothing is wrong, the Holy Father said. He was sharing his ref...

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The Pope Video for October: #Pray for the Church

Pope Francis encourages us to pray the Rosary for the Church every day this month. The Holy Father says: "The Devil is a seducer. This is why, without our knowing it, we let him enter into our lives. This also applies to the life of the Church. This is why the Pope is asking us this month of October to pray the Rosary of the Virgin Mary and the prayer to St Michael the Archangel, to ...

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Pope Francis - We need both service and contemplation

The main figures in today's Gospel, Mary and Martha, teach us how the Christian life must be lived - in love with the Lord. That was Pope Francis' message during his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

In order not to go astray in our life as Christians, the key is to be "in love" with the Lord, and to be inspired by Him in our actions. This was the case with St Paul the Apostle, who d...

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Pope Francis: True Christians not afraid to get their hands dirty

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis urged lay people and pastors to reflect on what it means to be Christian, calling on them to be "open" to God's surprises, drawing close to those in need - to be " earnest Christians " - Christians who "are not afraid to get their hands dirty, their clothes, when they draw near, " - Christians "open to surprises" and who, like Jesu...

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Pope on Christians who leave Jesus in church

During his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday, Pope Francis reflected on the hypocrisy of the "just," who treat their Christianity "like a social habit." They do not bring Jesus into their daily life, and so they cast him from their hearts.

When we act like that, the Pope said .. "... when Mass is over, we leave Jesus in the Church; He does come with us when we return ho...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 7 October 2018

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. (Heb 2:11)

I was blessed in having both at School and University with good teachers of Religion and Theology, people who allowed us to discuss, who didn't parrot out a particular way or 'brand' of thinking but allowed one to search, look into, investigate...

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Pray the Rosary in October, urges Pope Francis

A communiqué released by the Holy See's Press Office on Saturday stated that Pope Francis invites "all the faithful of all the world to pray the Holy Rosary every day" during the Marian month of October.

The Pope's initiative is to invite the faithful to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and St Michael Archangel to protect the Chur...

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