Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Along with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), the Assumption is a principal feast of the Blessed Virgin and a Holy Day of Obligation – one of the most important feasts of the Church year.Though it was al-most universally believed for more than a thousand years, the Bible...

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Thoughts on the Gospel – Sunday 9th June 2013

Restoring to life We may not have the capacity to enact a miraculous ‘resurrection’ as Jesus did with the widow’s son, but we certainly have the capacity and frequent opportunity to restore someone to life in the manner that Jesus restored the life of the widow. Whenever we encounter someone...

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Thoughts on the Gospel – 26th May 2013

Trinity Every time we make the sign of the cross we reaffirm our belief in a God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although some people have difficulties with the gender-specific language of ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ and look for other ways to express this reality, all Christian people profess...

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Thoughts on the Gospel – 19th May 2013

Have you thought? The Spirit We can sometimes regard Pentecost as the day the Holy Spirit came into the world. However, the Spirit had long been active in the world before this event. In fact, even the second verse of Genesis Chapter 1 tells us that the Spirit hovered over...

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Thoughts on the Gospel – 12th May 2013

A message for all people One of the defining features of the Gospel of Luke is the fact that the message preached and practised by Jesus made salvation available to all people. At times in the gospel some of the Jewish audience became quite angry at Jesus because he said...

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Thoughts on the Gospel – 5th May 2013

Peace Jesus promises his peace to the disciples in today’s gospel passage. However, some people argue that the world has not known that peace in the time since then. Some Jewish people cite this as one of their arguments against Jesus being regarded as the promised Messiah. One of the...

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