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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2020

Posted on 3rd May, 2020

 

Vocations Sunday

 

Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, #GoodShepherdSunday, is also the World Day of Prayer for #vocations. If you think you may be called to a Carmelite life of prayer & self-sacrifice for love of God, the Church & the world, why not watch our YouTube video, 'Life in Hidden Light' at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ilhfc4fY4
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or, for some personal vocations testimonies, visit:
http://www.ukvocation.org/?page_id=928

 

Third Sunday of Easter 2020

Posted on 26th April, 2020

 

The Gospel from today's Mass ~ Luke 24:13-35 The Road to Emmaus

 

The disciples recognised Him at the breaking of the breadTwo of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.

 

Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’

 

Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

 

When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

 

They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

 

Divine Mercy Sunday - Octave Day of Easter

Posted on 19th April, 2020

 

Divine Mercy Image and Instructions for Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet"My daughter, speak to the world of my inexhaustible Mercy. I desire that this feast (of Divine Mercy) be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners. The very depths of My Mercy will be opened on that day. I will pour out a sea of graces upon those souls that will approach the fount of My Mercy this day."

 

~ Our Lord to St Faustina

Easter Sunday 2020

Posted on 12th April, 2020

 

He is Risen! Alleluia!Alleluia! Christ our hope has risen! He is the light of His people, whom He has redeemed by His blood. Alleluia!

 

In the midst of death & suffering in the world right now we know that Jesus has nevertheless conquered all death & evil! We have hope. We must not despair. He is risen & is with us! Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!

 

Wishing all our friends & followers a very happy & blessed Easter!

 

Reading from the discourse "On the Palm Branches" by Saint Andrew of Crete

(Second Reading for the Office of Readings of the day)

 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; blessed is the King of Israel

 

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem on Palm SundayLet us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will towards his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority and power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.

 

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens towards his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

 

In his humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and he is glad that he became so humble for our sake, glad that he came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to himself. And even though we are told that he has now ascended above the highest heavens – the proof, surely, of his power and godhead – his love for man will never rest until he has raised our earthbound nature from glory to glory, and made it one with his own in heaven.

 

So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.

 

 

Shrine for the Rededication of England to Mary

 

This is our shrine for the Rededication of England, Our Lady's Dowry, to Mary later today. Please join with us in making a personal promise and/or the communal entrustment to the Blessed Virgin at 12 noon. The prayers for this can be downloaded using the links below.

 

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/02/Behold-2020-Angelus-Promise.pdf

 

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/02/Behold-2020-Act-of-Entrustment.pdf

 

Archbishop Bernard Longley will be celebrating Mass at 11 am in St. Chad's Cathedral just beforehand. This can be watched live stream by clicking on the following link:

 

https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-chads-cathedral-birmingham

 

 

Fra Angelico's AnnunciationToday we celebrate Mary's saying, 'Yes', to God in her consenting to become the mother of His only-begotten Son, Who then took flesh in her womb.

 

Let us too say, 'Yes', to God in His will for our lives, whatever that involves. Let us be open and listen attentively for, in silence, God does speak and He has an amazing plan for us.

 

 

The following is an extract on the incarnation from the Romances by St. John of the Cross:

 

Now that the time had come

when it would be good

to ransom the bride

serving under the hard yoke

of that law

which Moses had given her,

the Father, with tender love,

spoke in this way:

“Now you see, Son, that your bride

was made in your image,

and so far as she is like you

she will suit you well;

yet she is different, in her flesh,

which your simple being does not have.

In perfect love

this law holds:

that the lover become

like the one he loves;

for the greater their likeness

the greater their delight.

Surely your bride’s delight

would greatly increase

were she to see you like her,

in her own flesh.”

“My will is yours,”

the Son replied,

“and my glory is

that your will be mine.

This is fitting, Father,

what you, the Most High, say;

for in this way

your goodness will be more evident,

your great power will be seen

and your justice and wisdom.

I will go and tell the world,

spreading the word

of your beauty and sweetness

and of your sovereignty.

I will go seek my bride

and take upon myself

her weariness and labours

in which she suffers so;

and that she may have life,

I will die for her,

and lifting her out of that deep,

I will restore her to you.”

 

Then he called

the archangel Gabriel

and sent him to

the virgin Mary,

at whose consent

the mystery was wrought,

in whom the Trinity

clothed the Word with flesh;

and though Three work this,

it is wrought in the One;

and the Word lived incarnate

in the womb of Mary.

And he who had only a Father

now had a Mother too,

but she was not like others

who conceive by man.

From her own flesh

he received his flesh,

so he is called

Son of God and of man.

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020

Posted on 22nd March, 2020

 

Pope Francis celebrating Holy MassThe following is a short extract from ‘The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life’ which one of our sisters thought to be very applicable to the current situation of most of us only being able to make a Spiritual Communion. It is about the Holy Spirit’s role of communion in the Eucharist and the Church.

 

‘A full recovery of the pneumatological aspect of the Eucharist could contribute to overcoming more easily the risk of limiting ourselves solely to the dimension of the presence of Christ, rather than to live Communion in all its richness as salvific action which contemplates all the mysteries of Christ. Also risky is an individualistic mentality which, in practice, reduces the Eucharist to communion only with Christ the head ignoring his body, which is the Church (see 1 Cor. 11:17-33). A “Communion” which is not a “communion” with the total Christ would be a flagrant contradiction of the very nature of the Eucharist, because the body of Christ is the Church and, at the same time, the sacramental body generates the mystical body.’

 

[Extract from ‘The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life’ (Chapter 7 – The Holy Spirit in the Liturgy, p116) prepared by the Theological-Historical Commission for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000]

 

St Joseph, the Betrothed

Today we celebrate the solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church.
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St Joseph "was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: 'Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.'"
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"Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honour which he gave him on earth, as a son to his father. Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects all that he gave at Nazareth."
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~From a sermon by St Bernadine of Siena

Third Sunday of Lent 2020

Posted on 15th March, 2020

 

Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the wellThe following quotations are taken from today's Gospel of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well
(John 4:5-42):
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'If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.'
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'Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again: but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.'