Reflections & Homilies

Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 21 January 2018

In the North nave aisle of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford is a wonderful window dated 1631, called Jonah surveying Nineveh. It was done by Abraham Van Linge, a Flemish artist working in England in the 17th century and is a composition of stained glass, the figure of Jonah, and painted glass everything else. Visitors are fascinated by its subject matter and composition; there is Jonah under h...

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Pope: Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ,

In his homily on World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 14 January, Pope Francis repeated his call for Christians to welcome migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

He referred to his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (...

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Schola Affectus: Spotting the Serpents Tail - Tools for Discernment 1

Blogger Schola Affectus writes: 'I was fascinated to come across the work of the psychologist Paul Bloom recently. In his book Against Empathy - The Case for Rational Compassion, he challenges the received wisdom about the importance of empathy. The ability to empathise, "to walk a mile in someone else's shoes" is rightly valued. We also know that all sorts of pathologies ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 14 January 2018

Pashal Lamb, Cluny

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

'Samuel did not yet recognize the LORD, since the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him'. (I Sam 3:7)

That story of Samuel hearing the Lord calling out to him in the night has a number of different layers, in one sense it is the awakening realisation of somebody that God is, and God communicates with us. Yet hidden in that tale are hints th...

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Pope Francis: Christian prayer takes courage

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel according to Mark, in which the leper and paralytic were healed by Jesus. Pray to receive and do so with genuine faith, the Pope said, pointing out that the leper also challenged Jesus with courage. "If you want you can purify me!" he said. The Lord's answered immediately: "I want to."

This Gospe...

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Reflection on Pope's Prayer Intention for January 2018

Pope Francis constantly invites us to think about specific concerns and challenges that face all of humanity and the Christian's mission in the world. We are not only to think about these issues but to take them into our prayer then, from there, to try to be more open to whatever action we might be drawn towards, in the power of the Good Spirit. His Prayer Network, which anyone can join, is the...

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Pope Francis: What leads people to bully?

Pope Francis spoke about the evil of showing contempt for those weaker than ourselves, in his homily at Casa Santa Marta today, 8 January. He said this is the work of Satan, who has no compassion. The Holy Father went on to give several examples from the Bible of people in a position of power demonstrating contempt for the weak:

Samuel's father, Elkanah, had two wives. Hannah was barren. ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - Feast of the Epiphany - 7 January 2018

Coming at the end of the Christmas feasts, the Epiphany, at least in the Western Church, focuses on the journey of the Magi, recounted by Matthew (Mt 2:1-12) and their discovery of the child Jesus with his mother, who they then prostrated before in worship and offered him homage, giving him three gifts from their store of treasures. It is a story that easily captures the imagination...

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Pope Francis on Feast of Epiphany

The Magi - James Tissot

Pope Francis gave the following address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square today, before and after the recitation of the Angelus.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

Today, the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Gospel presents three attitudes with which the coming of Jesus and his manifestation to the world were received: careful searching, indifference, fe...

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Pope Francis: Devotion to Mary is a requirement of Christian life

"Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass in St Peter's Basilica on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. "The year opens in the name of the Mother," Pope Francis said.

The Holy Father reminded the congregation that the Church has declared that Mary is not only the Mother of Jesus but the Mother of God. That shows "a magnifi...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - The Holy Family December 31st 2017

Simeon with Christ Child by Rembrandt - Wiki Art

Has something happened to Christmas? Several people to whom I wished a Happy Christmas season (and some church goers) responded with 'but it's over!' I simply pressed home my own understanding that for the Church the twelve days were still there in the Octave and in the Epiphany. Thinking about this, a lot of perception is driven by media and commercial interests. All the main street decoration...

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Bishop Davies: Time to shine light in 'darkness' of the digital world

Bishop Mark Davies

The internet should be subjected to the same rigorous standards of regulation as the Press to prevent the corruption of the young and the damaging spread of so-called "fake news", the Bishop of Shrewsbury said in his Christmas homily given at Midnight Mass at Shrewsbury Cathedral. The Rt Rev Mark Davies said that the "Good News of Christmas" stands in contrast to...

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Text: Archbishop Martin at Midnight Mass in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

"At Christmas time we are especially conscious of families who have been bereaved this year, or who have someone in hospital or in care. The plight of homeless, migrant and refugee families is also in our Christmas thoughts and prayers, as well as the anguish of families caught up in war or violence in various parts of the world" - Archbishop Eamon Martin

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