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~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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2nd Sunday of Lent 2021

Posted on 28th February, 2021

 

Transfiguration of Jesus
The Gospel for today, the Second Sunday of Lent, is St Mark's account of the Transfiguration of Jesus:
 
"Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: 'Rabbi,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus."
 

1st Sunday of Lent 2021

Posted on 21st February, 2021

 

 

On the 1st Sunday of Lent, we recall how, "the Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him."

(Mk 1:12)

 The Temptation of Jesus 
     
 CAFOD Appeal Lent 2021 
It is also CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 26th February. Please give generously to their Lent appeal to help our brothers and sisters in need overseas.
 
 
     
     

 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on 14th February, 2021

 

Icon of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette Last Thursday, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, was the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, and a number of our sisters received the beautiful grace of the Sacrament of the Sick during Mass. The whole community also got vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday so we are all well-protected and fortified, body and soul, thanks be to God.

 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on 7th February, 2021

 

Christ from Leon Augustin Lhermitte's Supper at Emmaus

Today we would like to share the following text of Pope St Paul VI which is a model statement about Jesus:

 

“Jesus is at the summit of human aspirations,

the end of our hopes and our prayers,

the focal point of the desires of history and civilization;

he is the Messiah, the centre of humanity,

he who gives value to every human action,

who is the joy and the plenitude of the desires of all hearts;

he is the true man, the type of perfection, beauty, holiness

whom God has set up to embody the true model,

the true concept of man; he is the brother of all,

the irreplaceable friend,

the only one worthy of all confidence and love:

he is the Christ-man.

And at the same time Jesus is at the source

of all our true happiness,

his is the light by which the space of the world

takes on proportions, form, beauty, and shadow;

he is the word that defines everything, explains everything,

classifies everything, redeems everything;

he is the principle of our spiritual and moral life;

he tells us what we must do and he gives us the strength, the grace to do it;

his image, indeed, his presence reverberates

in every soul that makes itself a mirror

to receive the ray of his truth and life,

who believes in him

and welcomes his sacramental contact;

he is Christ-God, the Master, the Saviour, the Life.”

 

(Allocution of 3 February 1964)

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord 2021

Posted on 2nd February, 2021

 

Vocation Story Video https://youtu.be/GW73Uyh__Os via @YouTube. This is a new video produced for our Archdiocesan Vocations website. In it, one Sister describes the discernment of her Carmelite vocation - very applicable for today, the Presentation of the Lord in the temple, the day on which we traditionally pray for vocations to the consecrated life.

Racial Justice Sunday 2021

Posted on 31st January, 2021

 

End Racism HugA Time To Act

 

Message from Bishop Paul McAleenan (Lead Bishop for Racial Justice)

 

 

Ethnic minorities have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating a systemic problem with racial injustice in our society.

 

This was dramatically brought home with the brutal killing of George Floyd and the reaction it provoked. As Pope Francis reflects: “instances of racism continue to shame us, for they show that our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think.”

 

These shameful reminders of racism demand meaningful action to confront and dismantle sinful structures of injustice. Our brother Bishops in the USA remind us that: “all of us are in need of personal, ongoing conversion. Our churches and our civic and social institutions are in need of ongoing reform. If racism is confronted by addressing its causes and the injustice it produces, then healing can occur.”

 

Racism is a sin and a violation of human dignity in which we are all complicit. As Catholics, we need to acknowledge and confront our own failings, as individuals and as a Church.

 

Every single one of our parishes, schools and organisations has a responsibility to actively practise anti-racism in all aspects of our mission.

 

We need to address the lack of visible diversity at every level, so that people can see themselves, their race, their culture and their history in the Church’s life.

 

We need to engage suppliers and businesses from all parts of the community, seeking out those which promote diversity and inclusivity.

 

Most importantly we need to actively invite people from different ethnic communities to share their experiences and genuinely listen to their voices, however challenging this may be.

 

It is not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act. In the words of the Holy Father: “This is a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities — what we value, what we want, what we seek — and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of. God asks us to dare to create something new.”

 

Logo for the Sunday of the Word of God 2021

O Word! O Christ! How beautiful you are! How great you are! Who can know you? Who can understand you?
Grant, O Christ, that I know you and love you! Since you are the light, let a ray of this divine light invade my poor soul, so that I can see and understand you.
Put in me a great faith in you, so that all your words are like lights for me that illuminate me and make me come to you and follow you along the paths of justice and truth
O Christ! O Word! You are my Lord, my one and only Master. Speak, I want to listen to you and put your word into practice.

I want to hear your divine word because I know it comes from heaven. I want to listen to it, meditate on it, and put it into practice, because in your word there is life, joy, peace and happiness.
Speak, Lord, you are my Lord and my Master, and I want to hear only you. Amen.

 
~ Bl. Antonio Chévrier

 

From the Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass

 

"In the hearing of God's word the Church is built up and grows, and in the signs of the liturgical celebration God's wonderful, past works in the history of salvation are presented anew as mysterious realities. God in turn makes use of the congregation of the faithful that celebrates the Liturgy in order that his word may speed on and be glorified and that his name be exalted among the nations.


"Whenever, therefore, the Church, gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, she is aware of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is perfected and fulfilled. Baptism and confirmation in the Spirit have made all Christ's faithful into messengers of God's word because of the grace of hearing they have received. They must therefore be the bearers of the same word in the Church and in the world, at least by the witness of their lives.


"The word of God proclaimed in the celebration of God's mysteries does not only address present conditions but looks back to past events and forward to what is yet to come. Thus God's word shows us what we should hope for with such a longing that in this changing world our hearts will be set on the place where our true joys lie." (Preamble, 7)

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

Posted on 10th January, 2021

 

Baptism of Jesus

Office of Readings Second Reading

From a sermon by Saint Gregory Nazianzen

 

The Baptism of Christ

 

Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.

    John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly, he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.

    The Baptist protests; Jesus insists. Then John says: I ought to be baptized by you. He is the lamp in the presence of the sun, the voice in the presence of the Word, the friend in the presence of the Bridegroom, the greatest of all born of woman in the presence of the firstborn of all creation, the one who leapt in his mother’s womb in the presence of him who was adored in the womb, the forerunner and future forerunner in the presence of him who has already come and is to come again. I ought to be baptized by you: we should also add, “and for you,” for John is to be baptized in blood, washed clean like Peter, not only by the washing of his feet.

    Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him. The heavens, like Paradise with its flaming sword, closed by Adam for himself and his descendants, are rent open. The Spirit comes to him as to an equal, bearing witness to his Godhead. A voice bears witness to him from heaven, his place of origin. The Spirit descends in bodily form like the dove that so long ago announced the ending of the flood and so gives honour to the body that is one with God.

    Today let us do honour to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendour, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord

Posted on 24th December, 2020

 

Nativity of Our LOrd

Wishing all our friends & followers a very happy & blessed Christmas, filled with the peace, joy & love of our new-born Saviour. May God also grant you good health, safety & many graces in 2021. Be assured that we’ve been continuing to keep you in our hearts & prayers, especially during the dreadful pandemic. In particular, all our friends & benefactors will be remembered at Midnight Mass tonight & in a Novena of Christmas Masses.

Solemnity of St. John of the Cross

Posted on 14th December, 2020

 

St. John of the CrossPlease join us in celebrating the Solemnity of Our Holy Father, St. John of the Cross, today. Below is part of his 'Prayer of a Soul Taken with Love'.

 

"Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth. Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine the sinners. The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine; and God himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me. What do you ask, then, and seek, my soul? Yours is all of this, and all is for you. Do not engage yourself in something less or pay heed to the crumbs that fall from your Father’s table. Go forth and exult in your Glory! Hide yourself in it and rejoice, and you will obtain the supplications of your heart."

 

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