Reflections & Homilies

Reflections, sermons and homilies.


Text: Cardinal Nichols on Good Friday

Cardinal Vincent Nichols gave this homily during the Good Friday liturgy at Westminster Cathedral.

This is the hour. The hour of Jesus has come.

Jesus often said, as at the wedding feast of Cana, that his hour had not yet come. But now that moment has come. And we are here to enter into it.

What do we see and hear? Jesus arrested; spending a night in a pit which ser...

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Rome: Meditations for Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti will present her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, in Rome this Good Friday evening. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold, prostituted women, and migrants.

Sr Eugenia Bonetti is a Consolata Missionary and President of the Association "Slaves no more". Pope Francis invited her to prepare the medit...

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Pax Christi Reflection for Good Friday

Pieta by Van Gogh

Rev Paul Lansu is Senior Policy Advisor, Pax Christi International

Is 52:13-53:12 | Ps 31 (30) | Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 | Jn 18:1-19:42

Believers gather around the cross today. They listen to the stories from the Scriptures. These stories offer us a message that is new: suffering acquires meaning in God. Death never has the last word in Him. Through the suffering of Christ, God...

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Bishop Davies: 'Bitter and intolerant' Britain needs light of Easter

The British national character appears to be changing amid an atmosphere in public debate of "bitterness and intolerance", the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say in his Easter homily. The Rt Rev Mark Davies will reflect on how legitimate differences of opinion were no longer being treated with tolerance and too often responded to with "anger, enmity, no- platforming, and even threats of v...

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Bishop of Shrewsbury: The faithful are called to purify Church

Holy oils

The faithful have the responsibility of purifying the Catholic Church through their growth in holiness, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said.

In a homily preached at the Mass of Sacred Chrism on April 17, Bishop Mark Davies reminded the congregation that the Catholic Church was always holy because it was a divine institution united to Christ.

But he also told them that the Second Vatic...

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Westminster: Cardinal celebrates Chrism Mass - homily text

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated the Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, 16th April 2019, with more that 300 clergy. His full homily text follows:

This beautiful Mass of Chrism centres on a strong Scriptural theme: 'The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me, he has sent me, to bring the good news... to be the faithful witness'.

The...

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Palm Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons

'..at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father'. ( Phil 2:10,11)

I sometimes like to think about things in reverse, starting from another vantage point-so to speak. Often it b...

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Irish Chaplaincy Blog: The Best Medicine

Eddie Gilmore

When coming away from my regular visit to one of our Irish Chaplaincy Seniors I was reflecting on how uplifted I felt and how it had to do, in part, by how much we had laughed during the visit. This particular lady is only in her 70s but has fairly advanced dementia, and her sister moved over from Ireland to stay in the one-bedroom flat as a live-in carer. It's a challenging situation but we al...

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Reflection: The message of Laudato Si'

Sr Margaret Atkins

Laudato Si' begins by telling us how it is: the state of our planet, and what our faith has to say about that. Chapter One uses evidence from the hard sciences to describe our world: pollution, climate change, scarcity of water, the loss of thousands of species. It does so, however, with a rhetorical power designed to make us care: 'The earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile...

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Pope Francis: Every true conversion leads a new future

During the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel account of Jesus' merciful response to the woman caught in adultery.

The Gospel presents us with two conflicting attitudes, the Pope said: the attitude "of the scribes and Pharisees, on the one hand; and that of Jesus on the other."

The former, he explained wanted to condemn the woman c...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 7 April

Jesus writing in the dust -  Rembrandt

Fifth Sunday in Lent April 7 2019

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."(jn 8:10-11)

A dramatic story, accusing men, hapless woman caugh...

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Pax Christi Reflection for Fifth Sunday in Lent - Do not stay in the past; make openings for new beginnings

Jesus writes in the sand - Chartres Cathedral choir screen

Is 43:16-21 | Ps 126 (125) | Phil 3:8-14 | Jn 8:1-11

Once, a people had left slavery behind. They found a way through the turbulent sea with an entire army chasing after them. Then they went through a long, difficult journey in the desert. That exodus remains in the memory. Prophets say that a new exodus is always possible: "Don't stay in the past." God says: "I am undertaking something n...

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The Pope Video: April 2019 - Doctors, nurses and health workers in war zones

Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

The presence of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in war-torn areas is a sign of hope. They are wise, valiant, and good-hearted people who, following their vocation, work under extremely dangerous conditions. Let us pray for d...

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