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Homily no. 53 – ‘Vatican II: Sacrosanctum Concilium’

[Its being Remembrance Sunday, and with our remembrance, too, before God, of our parish’s deceased loved ones this/last evening, the readings at Mass speak volumes.  They speak directly of Israel’s growing faith in the Resurrection (“relying on God’s promise that … Continue reading

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Homily no. 46 – ‘Our Father (I)’ (CCC 2759–2802)

A friend of mine who is in her 40s has always been touched and moved by the fact that the first thing she learnt to recite as a very little girl was the Our Father … It is a happy … Continue reading

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Homily no. 43 – ‘The Tradition of Prayer’ (CCC 2650–2682)

We’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, in thinking about prayer in the 4th section of the Catechism, how the currents of prayer continued in the Old Testament reach their perfection and fulfilment in the New Testament, in the … Continue reading

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Homily no. 30 – ‘Virtue, Sin, and Social Justice’ (CCC 1803–1948)

This beautiful feast of Corpus Christi — the ‘Body of Christ’ — reminds us that the heart of our life as Catholics is the Holy Mass, where we gather to receive from Jesus the graces He won for us on … Continue reading

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Homily no. 27 – ‘Sacramentals & Funerals’ (CCC 1667–90)

We have finished our examination of the seven sacraments of the Church, but before we move on to the next section of the Catechism, Part III, on the moral life and the commandments, we stop to consider a final few … Continue reading

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Homily no. 24 – ‘Anointing of the Sick’ (CCC 1499–1532)

Have you noticed how bound up with Jesus’s death and resurrection are the sacraments?  From the Cross there flowed out blood and water (symbols of the Eucharist and of Baptism). Especially after the Resurrection, accounts of these two sacraments abound.  … Continue reading

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Homily no. 23 – ‘Eucharist (II)’ (CCC 1356–1419)

In the Gospel passage today, St Thomas expresses the only possible reaction to his experience of the sight of Jesus risen: “My Lord, and My God.”  As Catholics, many of us use this expression at the consecration in the Mass: … Continue reading

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