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  • Good Friday 2019
    18 April 2019
    They called him the good thief; and someone, somewhere at some time gave him the name Dismas. It is a dismal sounding name. Perhaps, I thought, it is so because of the sadness of his life? I only recently learned Dismas is a name given to him in the gospel of Nicodemus, an apocryphal writing, and the name means sunset or death. We do not know his age or his village. We do not know his crime, although over the centuries he has been called the good thief. more ...
  • Holy Week 2019
    13 April 2019
    ‘And then the beating began.’ The first words that burst forth, uninvited from ‘CocoJo’s lips when I met him on a glorious February afternoon a few weeks ago. I had dropped into the Medaille Safe House to deliver clothes donations from my local parishioners. Clearly in need of a listening ear, CocoJo approached me. Bearing his untouched cup of coffee in his hands, he recounted without bitterness how ‘his friends’ had said they were offering him a job and a better life in the U.K Now he was trapped in the back of a van more ...
  • 5th Sunday of Lent 2019
    6 April 2019
    My father always said that I did more and better work than two grown men could do. It wasn't difficult for me because I suppose that I was a bit of a perfectionist. I liked things done quickly, efficiently, and tidily and, as we weren't well off, I was very useful about our little holding. But I found later that, riches don't make a person good or happy, and on the whole my family was both. We were faithful to the law and we all cared about each other and that was enough. more ...
  • 4th Sunday of Lent 2019
    29 March 2019
    Have you ever experienced losing something you treasured, or something important in your life? You never notice it is missing until the moment comes to use it, wear it, display it or pass it on to someone else. Then comes the frustration of: “Did I put it somewhere for safekeeping? Did I give it to someone? Did I loan it to someone? Did I carelessly put it somewhere? Was it stolen from me?” more ...
  • 3rd Sunday of Lent 2019
    25 March 2019
    In catechism lessons many years ago, we learned that God created us in His own image and likeness, to know love and serve Him on this earth and to be happy with Him forever in heaven. This tells us that we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey. St Ignatius encourages us “to put on the mind of a pilgrim and set out on a journey. more ...
  • 2nd Sunday of Lent 2019
    15 March 2019
    Since I started the Master of Divinity program here at JST, my dad has taken to  asking me theological questions. I love our conversations and appreciate how  interested he is in what I am studying, but honestly, sometimes I do not know the  answers. Recently he asked me why Jesus calls himself, “the Son of Man.”  more ...
  • 1st Sunday of Lent 2019
    9 March 2019
    The Church offers us a variety of moods during the liturgical year as we re-live the life of Jesus. On this first Sunday of Lent we find ourselves at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He has just been baptized and had his identity confirmed 'You are my beloved Son . . .' more ...
  • Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking
    3 February 2019
    The purpose of the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking is to provide a reading of Human Trafficking and an understanding that motivates and sustains the much-needed long-term struggle. The Migrant and Refugee Section invites everyone to engage vigorously in learning, communication and action about preventing and healing Human Trafficking, nourished by reflection, prayer, and the teachings of Pope Francis. more ...
  • Share the Journey 2018
    30 August 2018
    The Lampedusa cross is made from the driftwood of a boat that was wrecked off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy on 11 October, 2013. We walked in solidarity with those millions of refugees who flee from war, poverty and exploitation, searching for safety for themselves and their families         more ...
  • Shoe Campaign in support of refugees
    15 August 2018
    As part of the Share the Journey Campaign, Cafod and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have left hundreds of shoes outside Westminster Cathedral to highlight the plight of refugees. Pope Francis is using the campaign to urge world leaders to back the rights of refugees, and about 40,000 Catholics have walked the equivalent of four times round the world in solidarity. more ...
  • Feast of the Sacred Heart 2018
    8 June 2018
    Of all the feasts of the Lord that we celebrate throughout the year the one that appeals to me most, is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a feast that brings out the wonderful characteristics in the human life of Jesus, His love, His compassion, His forgiveness, His friendship. more ...
  • Reflection for Holy Week 2018
    25 March 2018
    CHRISTIANS make much of Holy Week. The crucifix is a symbol of sorrow as Holy Week recalls the last days of the life of Our Lord. It is a week of high drama. It begins on a Sunday with a great demonstration of popularity for Christ. People sing, carry palm branches and hail Christ as leader. But by Friday what a change! more ...
  • St. Joseph 2018
    19 March 2018
    Monday, March 19, is the feast of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. It is a feast of great importance in the Church. Without Joseph’s loving trust as husband of Mary our faith story would be very different. Let us take a few moments with St. Joseph today in prayer. As we say our daily prayer with St. Joseph for Vocations perhaps we might do so in a more intense way today more ...
  • 5th Sunday of Lent 2018
    16 March 2018
    “O lord remember me out of the love you have for your people”. All the Scripture point to Jesus. The Jews studied them, some even highly specialised in them. Yet they failed to know or recognise Jesus. They refused to come to him –  more ...
  • 4th Sunday of Lent 2018
    9 March 2018
    A few weeks ago, I had an enforced rest. My medication instead of making me feel better decided to make me feel worse, so I was put into hospital – a rare experience for me, thank God - while everything was sorted out. more ...
  • 3rd Sunday of Lent 2018
    3 March 2018
    “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16). This is the first Biblical verse that I memorized - thanks to my Protestant-Grade V teacher who was so zealous of her faith more ...

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