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Lord, Help My Unbelief

fr Tony helps us to see how Thomas in his doubt repesents many Christians.

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Liturgical Index

First Sunday of Advent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 1st December 2013: The Coming of the Son of Man

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

Sometimes people say that the Old Testament God is a God of fear, judgement and punishment, while the New Testament God is a God of love, forgiveness... more »

Cycle: B - 27th November 2011: What Are You Going To Watch?

Robert Verrill O.P.

Jesus takes watching very seriously. In today's short Gospel reading, Jesus tells us four times to watch – he's really hammering it home... more »

Cycle: C - 2nd December 2012: May the Lord be Generous in Increasing Your Love

John Farrell O.P.

“May the Lord be generous in increasing your love.” That is a joyful prayer from our second reading and seems a fitting start for the... more »

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

8th December 2008: Most Highly Favoured Lady!

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

Today's feast celebrates divine grace and human freedom. Think of the saints of the Old Covenant, how God has to cajole them into doing his will... more »

8th December 2005: Younger than Sin

Leon Pereira O.P.

One of the frustrating features of life is the constant feeling of never quite getting there. When I was simply professed, people said, 'Ah, but... more »

8th December 2004: Beginning the Pilgrimage of Freedom

Richard Conrad O.P.

Today we celebrate the beginning of Our Lady's pilgrimage, when she was conceived in her mother's womb. On August 15th we celebrate the end of her... more »

Second Sunday of Advent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 8th December 2013: Of His Kingdom There Will Be No End

Thomas Skeats O.P.

In today’s first reading the prophet Isaiah paints a picture of what the reign of the future descendant of David, Son of Jesse, will look like... more »

Cycle: B - 4th December 2011: Where to Begin?

Mark Edney O.P.

Many today could sure use hearing the words God speaks to the prophet Isaiah: Be comforted, be comforted my people!  Though most of us are not... more »

Cycle: C - 5th December 2012: Bearing the Word

Gregory Murphy O.P.

Baruch brings a message of reconciliation and hope to the Jewish communities of the Greek-speaking Middle East at a time in which for them exile had... more »

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) View all sermons

Cycle: A - 15th December 2013: Edgy Joy

David Edward Rocks O.P.

Rejoice! This is the instruction we are given at the beginning of Mass today. We are well and truly into the Advent mood now and this instruction... more »

Cycle: B - 11th December 2011: I Am Not

Benjamin Earl O.P.

St John's Gospel is very clear about the divine identity of Christ. The prologue to the Gospel, a small part of which we read today, speaks of... more »

Cycle: C - 16th December 2012: Love, And Do What You Will

Lawrence Lew O.P.

“What shall we do?” Various groups of people go to John the Baptist to ask him for moral instruction because they recognize his wisdom... more »

Fourth Sunday of Advent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 22nd December 2013: Our God Comes to Meet Us

John O'Connor O.P.

Although it is God who makes the first move, he never forces himself on us and always allows us to answer for ourselves. In response to his... more »

Cycle: B - 18th December 2011: House of Gold

Leon Pereira O.P.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on 'What Would Jesus Do', the catchphrase of our times. In contrast, Catholicism is not about what we can do for... more »

Cycle: C - 23rd December 2012: Salvation is Close at Hand

Peter H. Harries O.P.

In the gospel today we read the story of the Visitation. Here at the beginning of his gospel, Luke has told us of two women, Mary and Elizabeth. Both... more »

Christmas

25th December 2011: Singing All Night

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

As editor of this website, it is my job to ask friars, when their turn comes up, to provide a sermon. In the case of Christmas, they always ask... more »

24th December 2010: This Day Rings Out

Michael Demkovich O.P.

It was in the night that these shepherds beheld a most amazing thing. It was seen first by just a few, those assigned to watch, but then they awoke... more »

25th December 2009: Something of the Night

Malcolm McMahon O.P.

Not many people love the night. It can be a time of fear and uncertainty. Sometimes it is a time of death. Scientists tell us that our body rhythms... more »

25th December 2008: Lowly in the Manger Lies

Isidore Clarke O.P.

 'The Word became Flesh and dwelt amongst us.' (John 1.14) With these words John goes to the very heart of the meaning of Christmas. He... more »

25th December 2007: Technical Support

Benjamin Earl O.P.

Up until the twentieth century there were two great mysteries of human existence: life and death. The twentieth century saw the advent of a third... more »

25th December 2006: Alpha es et O

Leon Pereira O.P.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.It was not so with us at our beginning. We did not mark our entrance... more »

25th December 2005: Why Shepherds?

Fergus Kerr O.P.

The first visitors to the infant Jesus that St Matthew mentions are 'wise men from the East', the Magi, led by their astrology, and consultation via... more »

25th December 2003: Silence at Christmas

Euan Marley O.P.

A friend of mine was abroad for a year and after he returned he discovered that the pubs were now serving something strange and wonderful -... more »

25th December 2002: God's Youth

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

This morning we are celebrating the birthday of God. This birthday is unlike our own. On our birthdays we celebrate -- or lament -- all the years... more »

25th December 2001: 'He who made fire now fears the cold'

John Farrell O.P.

Christianity lives within the wonder first sketched out by the prophet Isaiah. On the one hand there is the thrice-Holy divine Mystery beyond and... more »

25th December 2000: A Decree from Caesar Augustus

Allan White O.P.

Caesar Augustus issued a decree and set the whole world moving. What power there is in a word. Caesar speaks and everyone is uprooted. They all... more »

Cycle: A - 25th December 2013: Joy in Our Winter

Benedict Jonak O.P.

The very passing of time and seasons can be for some a way to God: leading them from the wonders of creation to the Creator himself.This is because... more »

Cycle: C - 25th December 2012: Freed for Joy

Richard Finn O.P.

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” At last, the journeys’ end. For there have been different paths. Mary... more »

Second Sunday of Christmas

2nd January 2005: The Power of the Word

Peter Hunter O.P.

You might say that during the Christmas season we are celebrating the mystery of the Incarnation, except that that is far too abstract: really, we... more »

4th January 2004: A Dwelling in Jacob

Neil Ferguson O.P.

We sometimes forget in Advent and Christmastide that we celebrated the feast of the Incarnation over nine months ago when we kept the Feast of the... more »

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

1st January 2012: The Rose That Bare Jesu

Aidan Nichols O.P.

The most popular Christmas card, among people who are in any way religious, must surely be the Mother and Child, Mary with Jesus. Today is the... more »

1st January 2009: Remind Thy Son

Dominic Ryan O.P.

  It's quite common for parents to have unique authority in the lives of their children. Of course that's not always apparent whilst the... more »

1st January 2006: What's in a Name?

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

'Holy Mary, Mother of God': we say this whenever we say the Hail Mary. We say it so often that we can easily forget what a strong, startling, even... more »

1st January 2005: Born of a Woman

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

The Church celebrates a great many feasts of saints throughout the year. Men and women from all parts of the world, all eras of the Church's history... more »

Cycle: A - 1st January 2014: By Way of Mary

Robert Ombres O.P.

What a beginning to the year it is, to begin with Mary as mother. We were all born of a mother, and many millions of women are mothers. Today we are... more »

Feast of the Holy Family View all sermons

Cycle: B - 28th December 2008: Too Good to be True

Robert Ombres O.P.

 Among Catholics there has been a special and popular devotion to the Holy Family for centuries. Today it is found to be less convincing. The... more »

Cycle: C - 30th December 2012: Holy Families

Duncan Campbell O.P.

This Feast of the Holy Family can help us see that families can be holy. We must find all the help we can, to work out how they can be. We have this... more »

Baptism of the Lord View all sermons

Cycle: A - 15th January 2014: BAPTISING JESUS

Peter Clarke O.P.

John had done a great job of preparing the people for the coming of Jesus. St. Matthew records that “Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole... more »

Cycle: B - 11th January 2009: The Desert Becomes a City

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

  Mark begins his Gospel in the desert, where John baptises and where Jesus will be tested by Satan. The desert is a place at the fringes of... more »

Cycle: C - 13th January 2013: Adopted Children

Dominic White O.P.

Religion is commonly blamed for two evils. The first is war. But while we can think of plenty of wars, some of them going on right now, in which... more »

Epiphany

3rd January 2012: Redraw Your Maps

Neil Ferguson O.P.

One of the good things about travelling is that it both dislocates and disconcerts us. The unique combination of stress, boredom and... more »

2nd January 2011: Grumpy

Piers Linley O.P.

My name is Grumpy and I am a camel. Camels are proverbially evil tempered. I must admit I used to deserve to be called Grumpy because I was the... more »

3rd January 2010: Making the Journey

Allan White O.P.

In the Christmas story we traditionally see two journeys to the manger of the infant king. The shepherds were so captivated by the message of the... more »

4th January 2009: Stars Shine in Your Eyes

Leo Edgar O.P.

  If one was to ask the average teenager today what they understood by having 'stars in their eyes' they might well respond by a reference to... more »

6th January 2008: The Magic Kings

Edmund Hill O.P.

One must admit that we succeed in giving this feast a rather silly sounding name, in English, with the stress on the second syllable. It's not... more »

6th January 2007: Wise Men came from the East to Jerusalem

Fergus Kerr O.P.

'Wise men', Magi.Not the only magi in the New Testament... A certain Simon, who practised 'magic', was converted and baptized by Philip; offered the... more »

6th January 2006: Empty Hands

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

The magi gave the child Jesus 'gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.' Why did they bring him gifts? These would not have been useful for Mary's... more »

6th January 2005: Guides for Complicated Journeys

Robert Ombres O.P.

The differences between the Gospels are part of their message, and they should not go unnoticed. Only St Matthew tells us about the magi. By... more »

6th January 2004: The Sign of the Star

Benjamin Earl O.P.

Our Christmas Crib is now complete: a star has risen in the east, and the magi have followed this sign, until it came to rest over the place where... more »

5th January 2003: Call, Revelation and Mission

Isidore Clarke O.P.

The word 'Epiphany' means 'showing forth' or 'revelation'. On today's feast we celebrate God revealing himself, in the person of the baby Jesus, to... more »

6th January 2002: Divine Manifestation, Human Wisdom

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

No nativity play would be complete without the three kings, central characters in the tale of Christ's birth. And I suspect almost as well known as... more »

Cycle: A - 5th January 2014: All Are Called To Him

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

At Midnight Mass we heard the song of the angels praising God and announcing peace. Above the sky heaven’s glory had come down to the darkness... more »

Cycle: C - 6th January 2013: Hungering for the Truth

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

The recent census showed a sharp rise in the number of people in England and Wales who do not belong to any religious faith. Yet there is still a... more »

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

2nd February 2009: Christ Our Light

Richard Conrad O.P.

St. Luke has run together two legal observances that Mary and Joseph fulfilled. According to Exodus 13, every first-born male belonged to God. God... more »

2nd February 2005: The Prayers the Church Stands For

Euan Marley O.P.

In the places where the Prayer of the Church is celebrated, there are certain prayers for which we are obliged to stand. This is because these... more »

2nd February 2003: Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation

David Goodill O.P.

With the story of Jesus' presentation in the temple Luke brings his nativity narrative to an end. The narrative began in the temple with the... more »

Cycle: A - 2nd February 2014: Transforming Hope

David Goodill O.P.

Most of us have regrets regarding the past. We can learn from our mistakes, but we may still regret making them. Sometimes we can put things right,... more »

Ash Wednesday

5th March 2014: They Have Had Their Reward

Leo Edgar O.P.

“They have had their reward !”(Mt. 6: 2) To whom is Jesus referring when he addresses these words? It’s an interesting question... more »

22nd February 2012: Getting Into The Flow

John Farrell O.P.

Ash Wednesday. 'Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.' Repent! And be quick about it. This could, after all, be your last... more »

9th March 2011: Roads to Easter

Jonathan Fleetwood O.P.

Ash Wednesday is not just a day in the liturgical year; it is the start of a forty day period or season culminating at Easter. Looked at as a day we... more »

17th February 2010: Fitness for Life

Anthony Axe O.P.

Putting on weight not only means that we can't get into our favourite clothes but also that we don't feel as well as we would like and don't function... more »

25th February 2009: Created to be Fire

Allan White O.P.

A few yards from my cell in Santa Sabina in Rome is the cell formerly inhabited by Saint Pius V. Pope Pius, a Dominican friar who retained many of... more »

6th February 2008: Dust and Ashes

Robert Ombres O.P.

Ashes were once something, even a number of things, and are now a residue -- the original solidity and identity are gone, and what is left swirls... more »

21st February 2007: Seeking Expert Advice

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

More and more we seem to be worried by experts -- can we trust what they say or not? We have no choice, though, but to trust experts in a complicated... more »

1st March 2006: Not for Eating

Peter Clarke O.P.

It happens to me every year. On Ash Wednesday someone opens his mouth and stretches out his tongue at the very moment I am about to place ashes on... more »

9th February 2005: The Benefits of a Dirty Face

Euan Marley O.P.

Living on the edge of the city of Glasgow, I had to take the bus into school - a Jesuit school situated in the centre of the city - every morning... more »

25th February 2004: A Public Sign

Dermot Morrin O.P.

Today Lent begins with the sign of ashes -- a communal sign of repentance. All over the world Catholics receive the sign of ashes on their foreheads... more »

5th March 2003: The Sign of Ashes

Fergus Kerr O.P.

Ashes are always significant. The remains of a camp fire in the woods; of a picnic; or of a bonfire. Signs of companionship; a family outing; a... more »

13th February 2002: The Lenten Path

Brendan Slevin O.P.

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent. For forty days we shall travel along a path of discovery. A path that should deepen and reawaken... more »

28th February 2001: Remember and Move On

Clement Paul O.P.

The Season of Lent begins on a negative note. On Ash Wednesday, when the ashes are distributed the Celebrant says, 'Remember that you are dust and to... more »

Cycle: C - 13th February 2013: In a Hidden Place

David Goodill O.P.

Now we are being told that too much praise is not good for us. But what is too much? Perhaps it would be better to say that the wrong kind of praise,... more »

First Sunday of Lent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 9th March 2014: An Embarrassing Story?

Dominic Ryan O.P.

Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, the gospel spells out what happened when Christ went into the wilderness and was tempted by the Devil... more »

Cycle: B - 26th February 2012: The Hope of New Life

Gregory Murphy O.P.

What's in a name? In Spanish, the name for the season of Lent is, prosaically enough, derived from the number forty – a period of forty... more »

Cycle: C - 17th February 2013: Sleepwalking Through Life

John O'Connor O.P.

John Le Carré’s novel, The Secret Pilgrim, tells of a young man, a member of the intelligence services, visiting the former East Germany... more »

Second Sunday of Lent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 16th March 2014: Down from the Mountain

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

Today’s Gospel has more than one thing to say to us about Lent. We can easily think Lent is just about ourselves, putting ourselves in order,... more »

Cycle: B - 4th March 2012: The Three Peaks Challenge

Lawrence Lew O.P.

Mountaineering is a transcendent experience. On a human level, we transcend the limitation of our fears, and discover the tenacity of the human... more »

Cycle: C - 24th February 2013: Expectant Glory

Benedict Jonak O.P.

What we expect to hear in Lent are lessons on fasting, prayer, alms-giving and perhaps the corporal works of mercy. This Sunday however, as many have... more »

Third Sunday of Lent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 23rd March 2014: Living Water

Richard Conrad O.P.

Between the Jewish regions of Judaea and Galilee lived the Samaritans, descended from people left behind when the Assyrian Empire exiled many... more »

Cycle: B - 11th March 2012: A Many-Leveled Sign

Peter H. Harries O.P.

Today's Gospel records an act of violence. Jesus goes into the temple and upsets the money-changers' tables. He drives the cattle and sheep out... more »

Cycle: C - 3rd March 2013: Daily Conversion

Robert Gay O.P.

The Holy Week liturgies of the passion which we will celebrate in a few weeks time include the reading and singing of the passion narratives. And... more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) View all sermons

Cycle: A - 30th March 2014: Why Do We Suffer?

Peter Hunter O.P.

There is something deeply mysterious about suffering. One thing is certain: ultimately, God does not want suffering for us. In Heaven, every tear... more »

Cycle: B - 18th March 2012: A Disciple

Duncan Campbell O.P.

In this Gospel we have Jesus talking in an unusual way to an unusual man.   When we hear Jesus speaking, usually to crowds, it is loud and... more »

Cycle: C - 10th March 2013: TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE PRODIGAL

Robert Ombres O.P.

Today’s gospel, which we hear well into the season of Lent, is extremely familiar. To describe someone as a ‘prodigal’ or behaving... more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent View all sermons

Cycle: A - 6th April 2014: The Power of God's Love and Mercy

John Kenrick O.P.

What has the Resurrection of Christ to do with all other human beings, both those who have lived and those yet to be born? The readings today help us... more »

Cycle: B - 25th March 2012: Poison and Antidote

Richard Finn O.P.

John's Gospel is building to a show-down. You can feel the rising tension. The Pharisees are watching for an opportunity to attack Jesus. And... more »

Cycle: C - 17th March 2013: From His Silence

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

When the disciples were caught in the middle of a sudden storm they cried to the sleeping Jesus to save them, and he awoke and sent the tempest to... more »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord View all sermons

Cycle: A - 13th April 2014: Hail the King

Allan White O.P.

“ You saw those headlines and you thought ‘one day that could happen to me’ and it will Mr. Blair, quire suddenly and without... more »

Cycle: B - 1st April 2012: Not Just One of the Crowd

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

We have two readings from Mark's gospel, and each describes a crowd. There is the enthusiastic crowd of people who cheer Jesus when he enters... more »

Cycle: C - 24th March 2013: MIXED MESSAGES!

Peter Clarke O.P.

From early childhood Jesus had been accustomed to making the long journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. This, the greatest of... more »

Holy Thursday

5th April 2012: Inappropriate Behaviour

Dominic White O.P.

In the first Harry Potter film, one of the great scenes is the beginning-of-term banquet. Amid all the special effects – the starry ceiling and... more »

21st April 2011: Why Feet?

Lawrence Lew O.P.

My mother used to remind me before every meal to wash my hands, and despite my juvenile reluctance, as with so many maternal pronouncements, this... more »

1st April 2010: Dinner Time

Fergus Kerr O.P.

On Holy Thursday, throughout the Catholic world, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper - Missa in cena Domini - literally, Mass in the Lord's... more »

9th April 2009: How Beautiful upon the Mountains

Anthony Axe O.P.

At the liturgy of Maundy Thursday we read the account of the Last Supper from John's Gospel. There we see Jesus very much in charge of his destiny... more »

20th March 2008: Loving to the End

Austin Milner O.P.

This evening the Church begins its celebration of the Paschal feast, of Jesus's journey from this world to the Father bringing with him the host of... more »

5th April 2007: Your Feet Are My Feet

Allan White O.P.

At the Last Supper Jesus is a dead man. His betrayer is at hand, the trap set for him is about to be sprung. The words and actions of a dying man... more »

13th April 2006: The Gift of the Eucharist

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

The Gospel brings us more than we could ever have conceived of or imagined. But in this way -- this higher way -- it also fulfils our basic needs and... more »

24th March 2005: A Sacrifice of Love

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, Jesus' last meal with his disciples on the evening before he died. Our word 'Maundy' comes from the... more »

8th April 2004: The Glory that Steps Down

Vivian Boland O.P.

Have you ever tried to get a dog to look at the moon? Whatever you do or say the dog is more likely to look at your finger. Dogs don't seem to get... more »

17th April 2003: When the moon is full

Neil Ferguson O.P.

I am always very moved every year at this time, as I look up into the sky and see the full Paschal moon, and remember it is the very same moon that... more »

28th March 2002: The Depths of His Love

Peter Hunter O.P.

In Gosford Park, the relationship between those above and below stairs is very interesting. Those above stairs often treat the servants as if they... more »

12th April 2001: The Golden Rule and our True Worth

John Kenrick O.P.

A recent TV documentary asked why it was the Japanese treated prisoners of war so much more harshly in the Second World War than in the First. The... more »

Cycle: A - 17th April 2014: A Mere Symbol?

Robert Verrill O.P.

For many Catholics, the thought that the sacraments might be symbolic is rather disturbing. The 20th Century Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor wrote... more »

Cycle: C - 28th March 2013: Called to Follow Him in Service

Isidore Clarke O.P.

Actions speak louder than words! That was certainly true when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. This strange incident is sandwiched between two... more »

Good Friday

30th March 2013: In Charge of His Helplessness

Colin Carr O.P.

The way John tells the story of the arrest and trial and crucifixion of Jesus, you would think Jesus is in complete command of the situation. He... more »

6th April 2012: Facing The Cross

Euan Marley O.P.

When the first high rise flats were built in Britain, it soon became apparent that among the many signs of negligence in their design was that the... more »

22nd April 2011: Accepting Mercy

Peter H. Harries O.P.

The liturgy of the church on Good Friday has four parts. First we read the passion of Jesus in John's Gospel. Next we intercede for the Church and... more »

2nd April 2010: The Triumph of the Cross

David Edward Rocks O.P.

This is a day of fasting and abstinence. A day of silence and desolation. And when we arrive at its hour of glory, we witness the drama of a... more »

10th April 2009: 'Good' Friday

Denis Geraghty O.P.

When the evangelists write about the Passion of Jesus they are quite discreet. They do not go into any detail about the horrors of crucifixion and... more »

21st March 2008: The Promise of Eternal Friendship

Richard Conrad O.P.

Jesus's death has saved us. But how? A single, neat explanation cannot exhaust something so awesome. Scientists use several models for an ordinary... more »

6th April 2007: Banishing the Shadows

Peter Hunter O.P.

Why did Jesus die? That's a question that arises for us all today of all days. Often I think it gets its charge from a piece of mistaken thinking, as... more »

14th April 2006: What Happened on Good Friday?

Robert Ombres O.P.

No single answer is given to this question nowadays, and no single answer was given at the time.Anyone who has been at a public reading or a... more »

25th March 2005: The Silent Cross

Allan White O.P.

The liturgy of Good Friday is one of the most ancient and the most stark of all of the Church's ceremonies. Traditionally, there is no homily given... more »

9th April 2004: The Whole Story

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

One can hardly ignore the existence of Mel Gibson's film of The Passion, and though it is by no means a perfect film, it does serve to highlight... more »

18th April 2003: The Necessity of the Cross

David Sanders O.P.

Today the Church gets rid of the cross for a while. When we come to church the cross is veiled or even removed from the sanctuary.But would it make... more »

29th March 2002: He died that we might live

Aelred Connelly O.P.

Isaiah tells us of the suffering servant:Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried ...By his sufferings shall my servant justify... more »

13th April 2001: What's Good About Good Friday?

Edmund Hill O.P.

'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' Good Friday, we call this day. What's good about it? The day Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified;... more »

Cycle: A - 18th April 2014: When I Am Lifted Up

David Sanders O.P.

Throughout Lent we hear these words as we pray the Way of the Cross: ‘We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you... more »

Easter Sunday View all sermons

31st March 2013: New Harmony

Malcolm McMahon O.P.

A child of nine years of age asked me a rather difficult question during a recent visit to a primary school. He asked me why the date of Easter... more »

8th April 2012: Blinded By The Light

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! We have been following Christ through Lent, with fasting, prayer and almsgiving. We have tried to keep close to him... more »

4th April 2010: And No Religion Too

Euan Marley O.P.

Here's something odd about the Resurrection scenes in the Gospels: in all the scenes where the disciples encounter the Risen Christ, there is no... more »

12th April 2009: He Is Not There

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

Why did Mary Magdalene visit the tomb of Christ? Was it simply an act of sight-seeing? St John doesn't tell us, and St Matthew does tell us that... more »

Cycle: A - 20th April 2014: A Cry of Joy

Gregory Pearson O.P.

Alleluia! If there’s one word that characterises our Easter celebrations, it’s this. We’ve been holding off from using it for the... more »

Cycle: B - 16th April 2006: Being Someone

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

They say you learn by your mistakes. I wish that were the case. A few weeks ago I found myself watching a film which told the story of a family on a... more »

Cycle: C - 8th April 2007: It's Only Natural

Richard Conrad O.P.

The Gospels are reticent about the Resurrection. Having described Our Lord's Passion in relentless detail, they do not describe the Resurrection at... more »

Second Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday) View all sermons

Cycle: A - 27th April 2014: Lord, Help My Unbelief

Anthony Axe O.P.

Faith is a notoriously slippery customer. It is difficult to understand and difficult to grasp because it seems to come and go. For this reason,... more »

Cycle: B - 15th April 2012: Help My Unbelief

Thomas Skeats O.P.

It is often said that society today is disfigured by a culture of suspicion and mistrust – distrust of our banks, of our political process, of... more »

Cycle: C - 7th April 2013: Seeing and Believing

Robert Pollock O.P.

On the day of the Resurrection Jesus, the risen Christ, appeared early in the morning to Mary Magdalene, who eventually recognised him; he commanded... more »

Third Sunday of Easter View all sermons

Cycle: A - 8th May 2011: The Stranger

Duncan Campbell O.P.

Gospels come to life as we imagine ourselves taking part in them. In this Gospel, with the disciples walking on the road, we might picture ourselves... more »

Cycle: B - 22nd April 2012: The Risen Messiah

Edward Booth O.P.

The scope of the appearance of the risen Jesus given in the gospel extract from Saint Luke today is very great. The full setting of his teaching... more »

Cycle: C - 14th April 2013: Set in Love

Dermot Morrin O.P.

What happens to Simon Peter in today’s gospel looks like a step up. And to be honest, it is, Christ has set Peter up. What transpires by the... more »

Fourth Sunday of Easter View all sermons

Cycle: A - 15th May 2011: Enter by the True Door

Edward Booth O.P.

The Gospel from Saint John speaks of Our Lord not only as the Guide and Saviour in salvation, but more particularly of the unique condition of... more »

Cycle: B - 29th April 2012: Sharing His Vision

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

Why should Jesus be the one we should follow? Why should we place absolute trust in his voice among all the voices and noise we hear in our world?... more »

Cycle: C - 21st April 2013: No One Shall Snatch Them Out My Hand

Martin Ganeri O.P.

In the liturgy for the fourth Sunday of Eastertide the Church presents us with the powerful and appealing image of Christ as the Good Shepherd. A... more »

Fifth Sunday of Easter View all sermons

Cycle: A - 22nd May 2011: Dare to be Changed

Dominic White O.P.

None of us would wish to be called a religious fundamentalist. Fundamentalists are inevitably violent – whether engaged in full-scale... more »

Cycle: B - 6th May 2012: Face to Face

John O'Connor O.P.

In the Acts of the Apostles the suspicion of the early Christians in Jerusalem towards Saul is treated as perfectly understandable. After all, here... more »

Cycle: C - 28th April 2013: To Die that We May Truly Live

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

Someone once told me that the purpose of a sermon is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Clever words, but I’m not convinced... more »

Sixth Sunday of Easter View all sermons

Cycle: A - 29th May 2011: People of Hope

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

Christians are people of hope. That is one of our distinguishing marks. Perhaps we don't normally think of ourselves like that. Others think... more »

Cycle: B - 13th May 2012: Don't Keep Your Distance

Benedict Jonak O.P.

Same say that public speaking is an art of keeping a distance from one’s listeners. A good orator, like a trained fencer, is able to close the... more »

Cycle: C - 5th May 2013: Home Making

Dominic Ryan O.P.

Home means different things to different people. For some people, home is just a place where we sleep. It provides a safe haven from the world and... more »

The Ascension of the Lord View all sermons

Cycle: A - 2nd June 2011: An Exalted Vocation

Thomas Skeats O.P.

In his farewell discourse at the time of the Last Supper Jesus tells his disciples that he is to go to the Father's house to prepare a place for... more »

Cycle: B - 17th May 2012: In Time and Out of Time

Robert Ombres O.P.

We tend to think along a sequence, especially when it come to the passing of time. One hour follows another, one year follows another and so on and... more »

Cycle: C - 12th May 2013: A Celebration of Separation, Anticipation and Imagination

Leo Edgar O.P.

Back in 1907 when the 20th century had not long come into being, Robert Hugh Benson wrote of the things to come in his book, “Lord of the... more »

Seventh Sunday of Easter View all sermons

Cycle: A - 5th June 2011: Look at the Sky

Euan Marley O.P.

In the winter of 1978 I had finished my time at university and was not gainfully employed. By this I mean, I wasn't doing any paid work, since a... more »

Cycle: B - 20th May 2012: Not 'Of' the World

Robert Gay O.P.

In John’s Gospel we hear a lot about ‘the world’, and it’s fair to say that what we hear is pretty negative. And... more »

Cycle: C - 16th May 2010: Ut Unum Sint

Aelred Connelly O.P.

I look back on my nearly twenty-five years as a priest and wonder where all the time has gone. Nearly eighteen of those years were spent as part of... more »

Pentecost Sunday View all sermons

12th June 2011: Enthusiasm

Malcolm McMahon O.P.

In my ministry over the last ten years as a bishop I have come to experience the gift of the Holy Spirit in a new way and immediate way. A... more »

23rd May 2010: Blowin' in the Wind

Gregory Murphy O.P.

The Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of God, poured out upon us to make us holy, is curiously self-effacing. Trying to describe the Spirit is like trying... more »

31st May 2009: The Importance of the Number Seven

Neil Ferguson O.P.

Throughout Lent, Easter and Ascension the scriptures use the imagery of the Temple to show us who Christ is and what he does for us. We might think... more »

11th May 2008: The Perfect Community

John Kenrick O.P.

For Christians Pentecost is the day the Spirit descended on Our Lady and the apostles in the upper room. Yet in John's Gospel it is clear that Jesus... more »

27th May 2007: Paraclete, or Parakeets?

Peter H. Harries O.P.

Pentecost Sunday is the day God gave the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. Our principal reading today, unusually, is not from the Gospel but is the first... more »

Cycle: A - 15th May 2005: Channels of Divine Love

Richard Conrad O.P.

Today's Preface praises God because he poured out the Holy Spirit on this day, 'and so brought the Paschal Mystery to its completion'. Today's gift... more »

Cycle: B - 27th May 2012: Peace Twofold Bestowed

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

In the upper room the disciples encounter the ongoing reality of Jesus, and the whole world changes. When someone we love dies, we build a mausoleum... more »

Cycle: C - 19th May 2013: Hope and Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

When the Holy Spirit descends in our first reading, he does so with great drama. He is accompanied, as usual, by signs that tell us something about... more »

Trinity Sunday View all sermons

Cycle: A - 18th June 2011: Brothers and Sisters of the Son

John O'Connor O.P.

Some Christians think that the doctrine of the Trinity is so baffling that it's better to forget about it. Other recognise that it must be... more »

Cycle: B - 7th June 2009: The Faith of the Apostles

Peter H. Harries O.P.

'Go, make disciples of all the nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit'. Recently I was returning from... more »

Cycle: C - 26th May 2013: One God, Three Persons

Richard Conrad O.P.

A text precious to the Jews, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is One,” is also precious to us. God is One, with an intensity... more »

The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) View all sermons

Cycle: A - 26th June 2011: Amazing Grace

Benedict Jonak O.P.

We find in St Thomas Aquinas’s reflection on the Incarnation of Christ an interesting point: God did not have to redeem us by assuming human body... more »

Cycle: B - 10th June 2012: Eucharistic Service

Malcolm McMahon O.P.

Dominicans from St Thomas Aquinas onwards have been very articulate in helping the Church understand more deeply the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist... more »

Cycle: C - 2nd June 2013: Taking Pleasure in the things of God

Peter Hunter O.P.

I think it is fair to say that my mother doesn’t particularly enjoy cooking (except perhaps on special occasions) but she certainly has always... more »

Second Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 19th January 2014: I Come To Do Your Will

Isidore Clarke O.P.

These words are taken from today’s responsorial psalm. They form a bridge between the 1st Reading and the Gospel.In the 1st Reading we are told... more »

Cycle: B - 15th January 2012: Open Your Mind

David Edward Rocks O.P.

Walking around a university campus during 'Freshers' Week' I was approached by a group of students who asked me if I was a priest. Replying... more »

Cycle: C - 20th January 2013: The Servants Knew

Euan Marley O.P.

Some people have a lot of magic in their lives. Tables are magically set, heating just works, clothes are cleaned and ironed, and the most of the... more »

Third Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 26th January 2014: To The Ends of the Earth

Colin Carr O.P.

Last week we read about the Lord’s servant being given a greater commission than the original one – It is not enough for you to restore... more »

Cycle: B - 22nd January 2012: Putting Everything in Context

Fergus Kerr O.P.

'Let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though... more »

Cycle: C - 27th January 2013: United in Christ

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

The rather long second reading at today’s Mass is about body parts, and the way the variety of different parts of the human body make up a... more »

Fourth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 30th January 2011: What Love Will Endure

Aidan Nichols O.P.

What we are given as the gospel for today is St Matthew's preface to his account of the teaching of Jesus to his disciples. Matthew thought of it as... more »

Cycle: B - 29th January 2012: Real Authority

David McLean O.P.

In the Gospel, Mark gives us an account of Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Mark does not tell us what Jesus teaches, but does... more »

Cycle: C - 3rd February 2013: Rejected love?

David Edward Rocks O.P.

And just as it was starting to go so well! He had returned among them in triumph – a local hero. They marvelled at the wonderful things he said... more »

Fifth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 9th February 2014: Whether There is God

Euan Marley O.P.

In the Summa Theologia, the second question on the existence of God is headed, 'An Deus sit.' Here we have to be careful about how we translate this... more »

Cycle: B - 5th February 2012: Obedience and Life

Denis Geraghty O.P.

In the opening chapter of St Mark's Gospel, Jesus is driven into the wilderness by the Spirit – a vivid and dramatic opening of his ministry... more »

Cycle: C - 6th February 2013: Go Out to the Whole World

Edward Booth O.P.

Those experts who are concerned to trace direct relationships between the Gospels – that of Saint John as also all of the synoptics –... more »

Sixth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 13th February 2014: Abolishing and Fulfilling

Dermot Morrin O.P.

There is a difference between building a home and building a house. There is a difference between being faithful to a spouse and simply staying... more »

Cycle: B - 12th February 2012: Jesus Stretched Out His Hand

David Goodill O.P.

Most of us live somewhere in-between. The in-between can be a place of hope, where we are held in the promises of Jesus Christ, or a place of... more »

Cycle: C - 14th February 2010: As Blessed as the Poor

Piers Linley O.P.

First we have set aside the more familiar 'beatitudes' found in Matthew's gospel. 'Blessed are the poor in spirit'. Matthew gives us a spiritualised,... more »

Seventh Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 23rd February 2014: The Love of Jesus Christ

Martin Ganeri O.P.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for... more »

Cycle: B - 19th February 2012: Mercy

Aelred Connelly O.P.

The local football team from my part of Fife, Dunfermline Athletic, are nick-named 'The Pars', supposedly short for paralytic, from a period in the... more »

Cycle: C - 18th February 2007: Turning the Other Cheek

Isidore Clarke O.P.

It's easy to be kind and loving towards those whom we like, to our family and friends, to those who are good to us. All this comes naturally. But... more »

Eighth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 2nd March 2014: He Saw That It Was Good

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

‘You cannot be a slave to God and to Mammon.’ In today’s Gospel Jesus shows us what slavery to Mammon means: constant fretting over... more »

Cycle: B - 26th February 2006: Strange Feast

John Farrell O.P.

Given the poor quality of the altar wine and the thinness of the fare, any eucharist tastes more like a fast than a feast. And yet we always say that... more »

Cycle: C - 25th February 2001: Words Flow from what Fills the Heart

Martin Ganeri O.P.

'A good man draws what is good from the goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man's words flow out of... more »

Ninth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 6th March 2011: Judgement

Denis Geraghty O.P.

Matthew 7.21-27, the Gospel for the ninth Sunday of the year, is a very important reflection on the understanding of judgment. What Jesus has to say... more »

Tenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: C - 9th June 2013: Compassion Personified

John Kenrick O.P.

In The Green Mile a popular film made in 1999 adapted from a Stephen King novel, a convicted murderer on death row has an unusual gift. His body is... more »

Eleventh Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 15th June 2008: No Fear of Failure

Aidan Nichols O.P.

'When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.' One of the sayings... more »

Cycle: B - 17th June 2012: The Sovereign Gift

Colin Carr O.P.

When you tell a joke and somebody stares blankly at you, you know they haven’t got it; and you know that if you explain it, it might finally... more »

Cycle: C - 16th June 2013: Mercy Ever New

Allan White O.P.

The celebrated American twentieth century evangelist Billy Sunday once said ‘I am against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a... more »

Twelfth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 22nd June 2008: Tell All Your Friends

Benedict Jonak O.P.

Preachers tend to avoid preaching on the passage from the Letter to the Romans that is one of our lessons for this Sunday. This is often because what... more »

Cycle: B - 21st June 2009: Stormy Weather

David McLean O.P.

The idea of the Church as a ship has always been popular. In today's gospel reading we can see the biblical inspiration for nautical themes. It is... more »

Cycle: C - 23rd June 2013: The Big Question

Robert Verrill O.P.

As we grow up and journey through our lives, there inevitably comes a point when we have to start asking some really big questions, questions like... more »

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 26th June 2005: Go out to the Whole World

Fergus Kerr O.P.

The Gospel is addressed to the church as a whole. In chapter 10 of his Gospel, however, Matthew sets out the instruction that Jesus gave to his... more »

Cycle: B - 1st July 2012: A Lethal Infection?

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

Every society is built upon symbols. In our own time, the symbols of the dollar and euro signs and the golden arches of McDonald’s seem to... more »

Cycle: C - 27th June 2010: Free

Dominic White O.P.

My friend Robert Enoch is an all-too-rare combination of a committed Christian and a serious artist. Recently he published his work 'Free' on the... more »

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 3rd July 2011: Me? A Mere Child?

Peter Clarke O.P.

What were these things the Father was hiding from the learned and the clever, the influential stalwarts of society? What were these same things... more »

Cycle: B - 8th July 2012: Recognizing Jesus Christ

Dominic Ryan O.P.

Today’s gospel describes what happened when Jesus went home to preach the gospel. Put simply, it was a disaster. The people recognised Jesus... more »

Cycle: C - 7th July 2013: Peace be to this house

David Sanders O.P.

In the Gospels Jesus is waging a war. It is a battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. The final prize of victory will be peace... more »

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 10th July 2011: The Doing Word

Colin Carr O.P.

We can get very pessimistic about the world, about the Church and about ourselves. One solution is not to be optimistic in the first place. One way... more »

Cycle: B - 15th July 2012: Carry Nothing but the Word

Leo Edgar O.P.

Is it fear that prompts us to rely on modern technological advances in communication? An interesting question, perhaps. Are we too afraid to rely on... more »

Cycle: C - 14th July 2013: Image of the Unseen God

Gregory Pearson O.P.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of those Biblical stories which is has become part of our culture – part of our language, even –... more »

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 17th July 2011: What To Do About The Weeds

Isidore Clarke O.P.

What should we do about the weeds? That's a problem facing every farmer and gardener -- a problem that Jesus uses in one of today's Gospel parables... more »

Cycle: B - 22nd July 2012: United in Christ

Martin Ganeri O.P.

And he compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things. The London 2012 Olympic Games... more »

Cycle: C - 21st July 2013: Welcoming and Being Welcomed

Anthony Axe O.P.

During the fifties in the north of England where I grew up, it was usual for neighbours to drop in for a chat at any time. Over a cup of tea they... more »

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 24th July 2011: Wisdom's Worth

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

Some of Jesus' parables tell us exactly how much his wisdom is worth and what it costs, what it costs us. He tells of a merchant looking for fine... more »

Cycle: B - 29th July 2012: The Spirit Enlarges Our Hearts

Richard Conrad O.P.

Occasionally, God provides food and drink miraculously, as for the widow Elijah stayed with, or when Elisha fed the hundred. Jesus turned water into... more »

Cycle: C - 25th July 2010: The Praying Game

Mark Edney O.P.

'I am their father, says God. Our father who art in heaven. My son told them all about my being their father. […] That's how they seem to me... more »

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 31st July 2011: Does God Care?

Robert Ombres O.P.

God cares for everyone, indeed for everything, but not in the same way. Sometimes it can seem, however, that God does not care at all, though our... more »

Cycle: B - 5th August 2012: Seeing in Love

Peter Hunter O.P.

“You can know a thing to death, and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still... more »

Cycle: C - 4th August 2013: Teaching Poverty

Mark Edney O.P.

As an illustration of the evils of greed the parable in today’s Gospel is off the mark. The rich man merely seems to be reacting with surprise... more »

Ninteenth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 7th August 2011: Strange Encounters

Robert Pollock O.P.

Elijah and Peter were servants of God and men of faith. In the Scriptures people of faith were often tested, in order to strengthen their... more »

Cycle: B - 12th August 2012: Do Not Waver, Hold Fast

John Kenrick O.P.

Can man live on bread alone? Well, in Elijah’s case the answer might be, ‘yes’. He thinks he is no better than his ancestors but... more »

Cycle: C - 11th August 2013: Keeping to Your Word

Benjamin Earl O.P.

The more we get to know God, the more we study his scriptures, and the more we seek to join ourselves to him in prayer, the more we discover that God... more »

Twentieth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 14th August 2011: What Sort of Dog?

Robert Gay O.P.

What we see in this Gospel is an occasion when Jesus seems to be very harsh – uninterested, even hostile to what seems like a perfectly... more »

Cycle: B - 19th August 2012: Foolish Wisdom

Bruno Clifton O.P.

It is perhaps not a surprise to be told that many anti-religious and anti-faith people put our belief down to simple foolishness. We are the... more »

Cycle: C - 18th August 2013: Peace on Earth?

Aidan Nichols O.P.

In today’s Gospel our Lord speaks of his coming sacrifice – his Passion and Death – and of how he just can’t wait until it... more »

Twenty-First Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 21st August 2011: The Unvarnished Truth

Dominic Ryan O.P.

Last Friday evening I watched as a group of young pilgrims gathered at St Dominic's Priory in London. The pilgrims had come together from across... more »

Cycle: B - 23rd August 2009: Hard Sayings

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

Today finally brings us to the end of this long chapter of St John's Gospel, and Jesus's sermon on himself as the bread of life. And today we are... more »

Cycle: C - 25th August 2013: From East and West

Neil Ferguson O.P.

One of the features of God’s creation is the great variety there is the world. Not only a variety of terrains, plants and animals, but also of... more »

Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 28th August 2011: Absolutely Clear

Leo Edgar O.P.

Let me make this absolutely clear ... 'absolutely clear'?   I realise that as soon as you read this opening line, there is a risk that you... more »

Cycle: B - 2nd September 2012: Why True Religion is Irreplaceable

David Sanders O.P.

Why is religion so important? It is because it puts us in touch with a special revelation from God that we would not otherwise receive. The Jews... more »

Cycle: C - 31st August 2013: Equally Children of God

Fergus Kerr O.P.

Perhaps the London 2012 Paralympics, with the astonishing athleticism and the crowds of enthusiastic spectators, ended for good the taboo surrounding... more »

Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 4th September 2011: The Truth That Sets Us Free

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

What was the real story of World Youth Day? Was it the two million young people who gathered to celebrate their faith together, or the thousands... more »

Cycle: B - 9th September 2012: Be Opened

David Goodill O.P.

When you move to a new place it can take a while to find your feet. This morning I helped some friends to move house, and although it was a short... more »

Cycle: C - 8th September 2013: Change for the Better

David McLean O.P.

Today’s gospel sounds very harsh at first hearing and perhaps on further reading. It seems a bit much, if not entirely wrong, that Jesus should... more »

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 11th September 2011: Sharing the Freedom of God

Martin Ganeri O.P.

In this chapter of St Matthew's Gospel Jesus reveals to us a God who is intensely keen on forgiving us and who is overjoyed when we turn back to... more »

Cycle: B - 16th September 2012: Living Faith

Gregory Pearson O.P.

Most people, I imagine, can think of an occasion when they’ve said one thing but done another – from the trivial “I think... more »

Cycle: C - 15th September 2013: Rejoice with Me

Aelred Connelly O.P.

I am not one of nature’s ascetics. For me the Golden Calf and the Fatted Calf are one. There is nothing quite like a nice bit of Vitello... more »

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

19th September 2010: Free Slaves of God

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

We must always remember, as we are often told in sermons, that 'Gospel' means 'good news'. This may be almost a cliché, but it is one that... more »

Cycle: A - 18th September 2011: Putting Food on the Table

Richard Conrad O.P.

As so often, the main actor in today's parable does not behave true to life. No normal householder would pay the same wages to those who worked... more »

Cycle: B - 23rd September 2012: Challenged to Serve

Anthony Axe O.P.

We tend to side with the people who agree with us or with arguments we find congenial to our own views. We read the newspapers which complement the... more »

Cycle: C - 22nd September 2013: God our Saviour Desires All People to be Saved

John Farrell O.P.

The gem at the centre of the second reading could easily be missed in the flow of the text: “ God our Saviour desires all people to be saved... more »

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 25th September 2011: Never Too Late

Peter Hunter O.P.

My mother used to say to me, when I forgot for the zillionth time to do some thing she had asked me to do, 'The road to Hell is paved with good... more »

Cycle: B - 30th September 2012: Cutting Out the Cause of Sin

Robert Verrill O.P.

Some sayings of Jesus are so difficult to deal with, it is tempting to say He was exaggerating and we shouldn't take Him too literally. For example,... more »

Cycle: C - 29th September 2013: Why Rich and Poor?

Duncan Campbell O.P.

One of the things that must strike us is the indifference of the rich, to the poor – the poor often on their doorstep. It’s made so clear... more »

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 2nd October 2011: Working With God

John Kenrick O.P.

In first century Galilee, vineyards looked very like the vineyard in today's parable. The hedge was for keeping out predators and the watch tower for... more »

Cycle: B - 7th October 2012: Healing Our Original Wound

Mark Edney O.P.

Jesus says ‘from the beginning of creation, male and female he made them.’ The Pharisees ask a question about how to regulate family life... more »

Cycle: C - 6th October 2013: To Pluck Up and To Plant

Gregory Murphy O.P.

Just before this Gospel passage Jesus has imposed a huge burden of responsibility on his disciples: the warning that becoming the cause of... more »

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 9th October 2011: A Feast of Reconciliation

Allan White O.P.

Jesus was not averse to parties. His opponents criticised him as a 'good time guy', a glutton and a wine drinker. They did not like the... more »

Cycle: B - 14th October 2012: Total Giving

Benjamin Earl O.P.

Most of us have at some point been presented with a task that seemed impossible to us. Perhaps it might be sorting out family difficulties: one child... more »

Cycle: C - 13th October 2013: God's Chosen People

Lawrence Lew O.P.

From Rome, the communications hub of the known-world, Paul, an educated Jew writes a letter to Timothy, a man of Jewish and Greek descent. In it he... more »

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 16th October 2011: Render to God

Bruno Clifton O.P.

Assyria and Babylon, the two monsters of Israel's nightmares; the two-headed beast of their defeat and failure; the end of God's promise that... more »

Cycle: B - 21st October 2012: To Save the Many

Leon Pereira O.P.

There is a tendency for us to define ourselves by what we do, and not by what we are. ‘What do you do?’ is not just the Queen’s... more »

Cycle: C - 20th October 2013: A Surge of the Heart

Peter H. Harries O.P.

Luke especially records Jesus telling us stories, parables, involving some disreputable characters. On recent Sundays we have heard about the manager... more »

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 26th October 2008: What Think Ye of Christ?

Richard Finn O.P.

Which is the greatest commandment? This is almost the final question. In Matthew's Gospel Jesus must answer many questions - from critics, from... more »

Cycle: B - 25th October 2009: Take Heart, He Is Calling You

Dermot Morrin O.P.

The character Bartimaeus leaps out from the pages of Mark's Gospel and stays with us as we go on our way from Sunday to Sunday. He becomes a... more »

Cycle: C - 27th October 2013: Humble Prayer

Richard Finn O.P.

There’s no doubting the good deeds of our Pharisee! His fasting, his tithes, are exemplary. Like his prayer in the Temple, they are a public... more »

Thirty-First Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 30th October 2011: Out of an Agony of Love

David Sanders O.P.

In the Gospel today we are given the first part of a very harsh polemic which Jesus delivered against the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus's language... more »

Cycle: B - 4th November 2012: Written in the Heart

Neil Ferguson O.P.

The Shema is the great prayer that resounds through sacred Scripture and bears witness to the unity and transcendence of God. “Hear, O Israel:... more »

Cycle: C - 3rd November 2013: God brings all our good purposes and every effort of faith to fulfilment

Nicholas Crowe O.P.

In our second reading we find St. Paul offering up a beautiful prayer that God might make us: ‘worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to... more »

Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 6th November 2011: Don't Just Hang Around

Haavar Simon Nilsen O.P.

In this Sunday's Gospel, we hear of ten virgins, five foolish and five wise. The five wise ones have flasks of oil with their lamps. The foolish... more »

Cycle: B - 11th November 2012: Sitting in Judgment

Fergus Kerr O.P.

As he concludes his teaching in the Temple, Jesus sits down opposite the treasury — the thirteen large trumpet-shaped receptacles in the Court... more »

Cycle: C - 10th November 2013: Made Great in His Greatness

David Goodill O.P.

Today’s Gospel forms part of a series of encounters between Jesus and his opponents. In Luke’s version of these controversies the gap... more »

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year View all sermons

Cycle: A - 13th November 2011: How to Annoy Teachers

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

 Like many priests, I am asked from time to time to preach at a school Mass – often for the end of term or the beginning or end of a school... more »

Cycle: B - 18th November 2012: The End of Time

David McLean O.P.

Today’s gospel reading is rather apocalyptic in style. “In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon... more »

Cycle: C - 17th November 2013: Rising in the Air

Euan Marley O.P.

Great buildings are like balloons coming up from the past. We are born in mid air, and all of our lives, we are falling through the air. However much... more »

Solemnity of Christ the King View all sermons

Cycle: A - 20th November 2011: Not Of This World

Anthony Axe O.P.

History tells of some very interesting, if not very moral, monarchs. Ivan the Terrible merited his nickname by torturing enemies and friends alike... more »

Cycle: B - 25th November 2012: Where is the Kingdom?

Aelred Connelly O.P.

We celebrated Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee earlier this year, sixty years on the throne. I have never been much of a monarchist and tend to... more »

Cycle: C - 24th November 2013: Things in Heaven and Things on Earth

Dominic White O.P.

“It’s not the end of the world!” Everywhere I’ve travelled, people say this. For our world to end would be a disaster: it... more »

Feast of Saint Patrick

17th March 2009: A Scarred Saint

Euan Marley O.P.

The field of St Patrick studies is not for the faint hearted. So many theories and so much emotion are invested into the solutions for the various... more »

Solemnity of St Joseph

19th March 2009: A Link in the Chain

Euan Marley O.P.

After walking for four days, my father reached the beach near Dunkirk in 1940. Finally he was evacuated, but as he was helped onto a motor boat, they... more »

20th March 2006: Adopting Jesus

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

The first line of the Gospel appointed for the Feast of St Joseph is actually the end of a long list of names -- St Matthew's list of the ancestors... more »

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

25th March 2006: The Chimes of Freedom

John H. Walsh O.P.

A few years ago in my university days I can remember sitting in the university dining room as the bell in the neighbouring seminary pealed out the... more »

4th April 2005: Digging out our Ears

Jonathan Fleetwood O.P.

Today the Angel Gabriel, messenger of God the Father, announces to the Virgin Mary the sending of the Holy Spirit and the sending of his Son, Jesus... more »

Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist

24th June 2001: No one greater born of woman

David Sanders O.P.

Why is there all this fuss about John the Baptist? Why is he so important that the celebration of his birth overrides the ordinary Sunday mass? We... more »

Cycle: B - 24th June 2012: What Will this Child Become?

Isidore Clarke O.P.

“What, then, will this child become?” That was the question asked at the birth of St. John the Baptist –today’s feast. That... more »

Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul

29th June 2010: No Opposition

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

By the entrance to the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome, where I lived for nine years, the fifth century mosaics give equal dignity to Peter and Paul... more »

29th June 2009: A Greater Love

Duncan Campbell O.P.

From the many writings we have about Jesus, two men emerge: Peter, and Paul. No two could have been more different. It isn't quite so simple as to... more »

29th June 2008: We are the Future

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

It must have seemed typical of the arrogance and disrespect of the Gentiles that the pagan city of Caesarea Philippi was named after two men --... more »

29th June 2006: From Heart to Heart

John Orme Mills O.P.

Why is it that two individuals so immensely important in the history of the Church as Saints Peter and Paul and yet so extraordinarily different from... more »

29th June 2004: A Roman Feast

Peter H. Harries O.P.

Today's feast of St Peter and St Paul is a Roman feast. It celebrates the fact that we are Catholics, and our full communion with the Church of... more »

29th June 2002: Don't underestimate Paul!

Piers Linley O.P.

The Feast of St Peter and St Paul has always seemed to me not to give Paul a fair share of the honours! The first reading - Peter's miraculous escape... more »

29th June 2001: Guardian and Prophet

Aidan Nichols O.P.

In celebrating Peter and Paul by a common solemnity, we're celebrating the apostolicity of the Church - the rootedness of the Church in a commission... more »

Cycle: B - 29th June 2012: Who Do You Say That I Am?

Dermot Morrin O.P.

Children ask questions all the time about all sorts of things. Children want to know about absolutely everything. When their questions amuse us, we... more »

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Solemnity of our Holy Father St Dominic

8th August 2004: The Path of Usefulness to Christ

Allan White O.P.

Today we celebrate the fast of our Founder, St Dominic. On his deathbed, Dominic told his friars that he wanted to be buried under the feet of his... more »

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

15th August 2013: Mediatrix of All Graces

Leon Pereira O.P.

There exists a strong tendency in popular culture to ‘humanise’ Christ, to reduce Him to the kind of human being even more at sea than we... more »

15th August 2011: Blessed Among Women

Dermot Morrin O.P.

The angel Gabriel did not tell Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth. It seems strange that a young girl would be allowed to venture so far from home... more »

15th August 2010: Bodily into Eternity

Peter Clarke O.P.

During my novitiate year in 1950 Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma to be believed by Catholics as a matter of Faith that 'Mary, the immaculate... more »

15th August 2009: Body and Soul

Thomas Skeats O.P.

In the early Church there was little concern for setting down a detailed biography of the Virgin Mary. The New Testament highlights just a few brief,... more »

15th August 2008: Faith of Patriarchs and Matriarchs

Neil Ferguson O.P.

'Go up Lord, to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your strength.' This phrase, from the psalm set for the vigil Mass of this solemnity, is... more »

15th August 2007: A Doctrine and a Prayer

Fergus Kerr O.P.

Concepts have a history. They don't just come out of the blue. It may take decades, even centuries, for a concept to develop and pass into common... more »

15th August 2006: Noblesse Oblige

Aidan Nichols O.P.

Some years ago I visited Georgia -- the real one, in the Caucasus, not that pseudo-Georgia in the United States (apologies to any residents thereof... more »

15th August 2005: The Fullness of Hope

Martin Ganeri O.P.

A few weeks ago I took part in a 'Thinking Faith' week for young people in which we thought about areas of contemporary life in Britain where out... more »

15th August 2004: You and the ark of your strength

Leon Pereira O.P.

When you receive a gift, are you the sort of person who keeps the box? A child's instinct seems correct: to tear off the coverings and get at the... more »

15th August 2003: Enthroned on the Praises of Israel

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

The God of our Salvation comes to be enthroned among human beings through their praise.Yet you O God are Holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel... more »

15th August 2002: By Royal Command

Simon Francis Gaine O.P.

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars ...Today... more »

15th August 2001: The Moment Preordained

Brendan Slevin O.P.

And Mary said,For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his... more »

Cycle: B - 15th August 2012: A Gifted Relationship

Allan White O.P.

In 1950, five years after the end of the carnage of the Second World War which had ruptured the peace of the world and during which millions of human... more »

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

14th September 2008: One and Only Noble Tree

Leon Pereira O.P.

Why did Jesus have to die? And why did he have to be crucified? Some Christians have a pat answer: it's because you are a sinner. And Jesus died... more »

14th September 2003: Hail, Cross!

Richard Conrad O.P.

Today we unashamedly recall historical events. Encouraged by his mother, St. Helen, the Emperor Constantine had the sites of Our Lord's crucifixion... more »

Solemnity of All Saints

1st November 2011: Hoping to See God

Vivian Boland O.P.

A few days before he died my father said to me 'I know my sins but still I hope some day to see God'. He said a lot of other things in those... more »

1st November 2010: Real Saints

Martin Ganeri O.P.

Today we honour the countless holy men and women who have loved God and loved neighbour fully in their lives. As the first reading from the book of... more »

1st November 2009: What We May Become

Dominic Ryan O.P.

It's always sad to meet someone with a lack of imagination. Not the kind of imagination you need to think about mythical creatures like dragons,... more »

2nd November 2008: Great Cloud of Witnesses

Fabian Radcliffe O.P.

It is said that Pope John Paul II canonised more Saints, and created more Cardinals, than any one of his predecessors. Could it be that such large... more »

1st November 2007: Forward in Hope

Aelred Connelly O.P.

As the year moves on once more towards its end, and the daylight hours grow shorter, we begin to think again of those who have gone before us in... more »

1st November 2006: For All the Saints

Leon Pereira O.P.

An elegant Italian lady strode up to me. 'Look at this!' she commanded. I obeyed and surveyed the scene. It was the folk Mass, best described as... more »

1st November 2005: The Music of Love

Timothy J. Calvert O.P.

Listening to homilies isn't everyone's idea of having a good time. One of the benefits of being a preacher, you might think, is getting to inflict... more »

2nd November 2003: All Saints Sung and Unsung

Edmund Hill O.P.

The celebration of a feast of All the Martyrs goes back to the first centuries AD, according to the testimony of St Ephrem of Damascus and St John... more »

1st November 2002: Simplicity in the Saints

Peter Hunter O.P.

Every celebration of the Church is really a celebration of the goodness, the love, the truth, the holiness of God.On Trinity Sunday, the Church... more »

1st November 2001: The Ordinary Extra-Ordinary

Peter H. Harries O.P.

All Saints is the feast of the ordinary saints of the church, the huge number, impossible to count of every nation, race, tribe and language.It is... more »

Cycle: B - 1st November 2012: To Live As Saints

David Edward Rocks O.P.

When I was the Chaplain at St Dominic’s Primary School in London, I asked a Year 4 class to help me prepare the Mass for the whole school on... more »

Cycle: C - 1st November 2013: Become Yourself in Christ

Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

On the feast of all saints, we celebrate the great multitude of holy men and women, those whom the Church has recognised and the vastly greater... more »

Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

2nd November 2008: A Great Divine Courtesy

Euan Marley O.P.

After the Falklands War, there was a service held in St Paul's Cathedral. The Anglican archbishop, Runcie, has been remembered as criticizing Prime... more »

2nd November 2003: Death's Amazing Effect

Brendan Slevin O.P.

The commemoration of All the Faithful Departed is, I think, one of the most consoling days of the Church's year. We both celebrate Christ's offer to... more »

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

9th November 2008: The Temple of Christ's Body

Leon Pereira O.P.

When the late Cardinal Heenan was asked what was distinctive about the Catholic Church, he answered quite simply with one word: authority. Cardinal... more »

9th November 2003: The dwelling place of the Most High

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

No one can really doubt that the establishment of a cathedral church in Rome, then the heart of the empire that had put Jesus to death, is worth... more »

Ordinations & Professions

24th February 2014: Solemn Profession of Andrew Brookes

Richard J. Ounsworth O.P.

Andrew, today God is inviting you to make a definitive decision: in a few moments you will – unless you change your mind – promise... more »

26th August 2013: Ordination of Gregory Pearson and Nicholas Crowe

Malcolm McMahon O.P.

Gregory and Nicholas,The combined rite of ordination for a priest and a deacon of Jesus Christ is one of the most awesome rituals in the church. For... more »