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Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Witness to justice and love

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16; Psalm 88:2-5,27,29; Romans 4:13,16-18,22; Matthew 1:16,18-21,24 or Luke 2:41-51

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent: to be Christians with Integrity, and Humility

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Readings: Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 49; Mt 23:1-12

“They preach but do not practise” [Mt 23:3] says Our Lord in today's Gospel, describing the Pharisees. These words send a shiver down the spine as they remind us of the times in which we fall short of Christ’s teaching, which we proclaim to the world. But the sentiment is perhaps especially applicable to Bishops, Priests and Deacons who exercise both authority in the Church, and a teaching ministry. As St. Thomas Aquinas says in his commentary on this Gospel passage, “a prelate is given a position of authority so that he may teach not only by his doctrine, but also by his life”. If our lives do not reflect the values we preach, we lack integrity. If we lack integrity, we lose credibility.  If we lose credibility, people will not listen to us. So it is only when we practice what we preach that we become effective communicators of the Gospel. I once heard Gil Bailie, a thoughtful American scholar, put it this way: "The ultimate success of every effort to Christianise the world will be commensurate with the personal sanctity of those making the effort." The way to avoid the example of the Pharisees is to have the integrity to put into practice that which we profess.

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Pray Compline online!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration and Tents

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday of the First week of Lent

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Readings: Deuteronomy: 26: 16 - 19; Psalm 119: 1-8; Matthew 5: 43-48 Read more

First Station of the Cross: Jesus is condemned to death

Friday, March 14, 2014
The Dominican student brothers will be leading the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent (except Good Friday) at 5.15pm in the Priory church at Blackfriars, Oxford. Read more

Dire Straits - Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Queen Esther (Edwin Long, 1878)

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Readings: Jonah, 3:1-10, Luke, 11:29-32 Read more

First Tuesday of Lent: Abstinence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
What is the purpose of abstaining from certain pleasures during Lent? Along with prayer and almsgiving, we abstain during Lent ultimately in order to repent of our sins, be transformed, and turn back to God - i.e. to bring about metanoia. Read more

First Monday of Lent

Monday, March 10, 2014
Readings at Mass: Lev 19:1-2, 11-18; Matt 25:31-46 Read more
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