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not in thinking much of God

but in loving Him ardently.'

~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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St Teresa of Jesus - 15th October 2020

Posted on 15th October, 2020


St Teresa of Jesus

Wishing all our friends and followers a very happy and blessed feast of Our Holy Mother, St Teresa!


"Oh, what great happiness to be granted this holy peace which compels the soul to wage war on the whole world, whilst remaining at peace in perfect security... It consists in being united to God's will in such a way that there is no distinction between God's will and the soul's - they are one in reality, not merely in words and desire. So ardent is the Bride's love and in longing to please her Beloved, that nothing can stop her once she understands that by doing something she can serve Him better... O strong love of God! I really do believe that to one who loves, nothing seems impossible. Happy the soul on whom God has bestowed this peace. It has thereby become sovereign over all the trials and dangers that the world can offer."


From 'Conceptions of the Love of God', chapter 3


St Therese in the year of her death

O God, Who didst inflame the soul of St Therese with the spirit of Thy love, grant that we also may love Thee and make Thee greatly loved.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Wishing all our friends and followers a very happy and blessed feast day!

For more about St Therese and a few quotations, please see one of our previous blog posts:


Four Priests to beRev Clive Dytor (2nd left) and Rev Alex Taylor (left) will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Birmingham at noon today in St Chad’s Cathedral. On Sunday 20th September at 3 pm, Rev Sean Gough (right) and Rev Benedict Skipper (2nd right) will also be ordained.


Although the Masses will be closed to all but family and friends, both ordinations can be watched via the Cathedral’s live stream at


Please join us in praying for these new priests-to-be, that God may abundantly bless and strengthen them in their vocation and grant them His gifts of holiness, wisdom, perseverance and prayer. May their future ministry in our Archdiocese as 'Other Christs' be wonderfully fruitful.

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


or, for some personal vocations testimonies, visit:


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.


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:



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.