Reflections & Homilies

Pope Francis: Confession is not a laundromat

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, 22 March, Pope spoke about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, saying: Confession "is not like going to the Laundromat to wash away the dirt, it is to receive God's loving embrace." The Holy Father went on to remind the congregation that: "the Lord is ever faithful and that he never forgets us, and this ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 18 March 2018

Fifth Sunday in Lent Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life* loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. (Jn 12: 24,25)

It's a natural impulse to preserve life at all costs, to hold on to what we know a...

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Prayer of St Patrick

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! See As I Arise Today - a beautiful visual reflection from the Salesians - with words from Saint Patrick's Breastplate.

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Pope stresses the great power of prayer

During his homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis spoke of the "great power of prayer" and how we are to raise ours to God "like children."

Reflecting on the first reading, from the Book of Exodus, which tells of the conversation between the Lord and Moses regarding the apostasy of God's people, Pope Francis said, the two fundamental pillars of prayer, are courage a...

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Pope Francis: Don't be 'parked' Christians

In his reflections on the day's readings, during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis said that the Lord calls us to true joy. True Christians are able to take risks, he said. They are not "parked" but after receiving grace, they keep moving forward, seeking joy.

Turning to how God wants us to be joyful, the Pontiff asked, what i...

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Homilies and talks from Newman House available online

Fr Stephen Wang

Most of the homilies and talks given at Newman House University of London Chaplaincy, by Fr Stephen Wang and visiting speakers over the last few years are available online at the Jericho Tree YouTube channel.

Click on this link below to see the full library. If you want to search for a particular topic then use the smaller search box near the 'About' button or from the drop down menu:

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 11 March 2018

Flame - Hlavni

Darkness isn't all-bad!

"But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that their works may be clearly seen as done in God." (Jn 3:21)

Lent has a habit of making you face your faith journey whether you like it or not. Things happen to us so that we are forced to look again at where we are, I'm not not sur...

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Pope Francis warns against being 'enslaved to hatred'

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the need to acknowledge our own sinfulness and, in order to be forgiven by God, to forgive others. But he warned that Satan tries to discourage us from forgiveness and 'enslaving us' to hatred. Accusing ourselves, is the first step towards forgiveness, and also demonstrates Christian wisdom.

When we approach the sacrament...

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Reflection with Canon Pat Browne - On the gift of anger


There is nothing so powerful as when a person who is usually serene, thoughtful, compassionate and kind, gets angry. Everyone sits up and takes notice. Why? Because this is not how they usually are. So, there must be a very good reason for this outburst.

I remember such an occasion in my seminary days when a friend who was like this, one day exploded in anger at an injustice that had been...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 4 March 2018

Stanley Spencer

Third Sunday of Lent (Year B readings)

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (I Cor I:25)

No matter how old I get, the Ten Commandments still remain a foundation of wisdom and a guide for my perplexed life! I realise just what Jesus means when he said: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and ...

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The Pope Video - March 2018 - For discernment

Let us pray together that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment. There are many ways of living life well, using it for serving human and Christian ideals. We were created by God out of love and to love. Every Christian ought ...

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Praying with the Pope in March

Two sheep in mountains  - image:  Jack Cairney

In March we continue with our Lenten observance and move into the most solemn week of the year, Holy Week. We are taken to Palm Sunday, when we first hear proclaimed the Passion of the Lord just moments after His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Then we begin the solemn Paschal Triduum on Maundy Thursday. Each of us hears an invitation to ponder these awesome events. We conclude these holy da...

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Pope Francis: How much time do you spend judging others?

Casa Santa Marta

In his homily, during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the words of Jesus in the day's Gospel reading from Luke, (6:36-38): "Do not judge and you will not be judged."

The Holy Father asked: "When you are sitting in a meeting or at a meal, how much time do you spend judging others?" He went on to remind the congregation that no one will escape God's judgment -...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 25 February 2018

Second Sunday of Lent How can one reconcile two seemingly very different texts? Do we even bother to try? I'm thinking of the readings from Genesis 22 about the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac by Abraham on Mount Moriah and Marks account (Mark 9) of Jesus being transfigured on a high mountain. I suppose the common denominator is a mountain. Both are up on high, both encounter the presence of ...

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