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Today’s reading from the Gospel of St John contains a poignant moment of betrayal alongside tender instruction. The evil of the deed of Judas is in contrast to the impending glory of the Passion. We are also presented with the impending glory of the Second Coming of Christ.
Taking up the discussion once more about the recent practice of receiving Holy Communion in the Hand, this episode looks at some of the evidence we have about what was done in the early centuries of the Church and asks the question as to whether this is a convincing argument in favour of Communion in the Hand.
The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

2022-05-0709:56

The Fourth Sunday of Easter focuses upon the instructions of Jesus about His being the Good Shepherd.It is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations since we pray for  more young men and women to follow the Good Shepherd in those states of life that show to the whole Church, and to the world, the very essence of the vocation given to all of us through Holy Baptism. We pray particularly for generous young men to answer the call of the Good Shepherd to be shepherds in His name for the People of God.Also, Happy Mothers Day to all mothers!
Heavenly Liturgy

Heavenly Liturgy

2022-04-3008:15

The reading from the Apocalypse (Revelation) turns our attention to the liturgy in heaven; that eternal act of praise and worship that is the everlasting bliss of life with God in heaven. Through divine institution, the sacred liturgy here on earth derives its existence, its purpose , and its structure from this heavenly liturgy. Surely, this is something which we must consider each time we go to Holy Mass. All of heaven is watching us when we are at Mass!
ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day

2022-04-2406:57

ANZAC Day is a day of patriotism as well as praying for the souls of those Australians who have died in war, whether military or civilian. We pray also for peace in our world, which is once more troubled by war and the threat of war.
Everlasting Mercy

Everlasting Mercy

2022-04-2308:21

Divine Mercy Sunday brings to our attention the wounded side of our Saviour from which blood and water flowed as well as His Risen Body, which He shows dramatically to the Apostles in today's Gospel. The message of Divine Mercy is profound yet simple, timely and everlasting.
Cenacle & Calvary

Cenacle & Calvary

2022-04-1511:31

There is a link between the Cenacle, the place of the institution of the Eucharist,  and Calvary. It is a connection not accidental but deliberate by Our Lord. Once we see the connection our appreciation of Holy Mass is deepened.
The woman caught in adultery is a poignant story. There is injustice, revenge, and point-scoring mixed also with forgiveness, contrition and conversion. What a fruitful gospel episode for reflection and meditation in these last two weeks of Lent, which traditionally are called Passiontide.
Have you wondered how the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand came about?Well, let me give you a brief overview of how this came about during those tumultuous and troubled years of the 1960's. You can make up your own mind from the evidence.
Deathbed Conversions

Deathbed Conversions

2022-03-1908:16

Repentance is a key word and message from Our Lord in today's gospel.Repentance can be sudden and it is called conversion, like on the death bed. But far better is the conversion, or reversion to lost faith, that is lived out in good and holy living in this life and thereby honouring God who gives the gift of Faith and who, in Christ, has gained for us eternal salvation.
Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

2022-03-1210:08

The Transfiguration of the Lord is a marvellous and moving incident in the life of Christ. We must be grateful that it was remembered and written down for our consolation and our instruction. There is so much to be considered and reflected upon but it has something to say about why we stay in the Church and why many walk away.
Worthiness & Weakness

Worthiness & Weakness

2022-02-0508:25

"Leave me Lord, I am a sinful man."The words of St Peter are such an honest declaration of unworthiness. They are met, not by agreement from Christ, but by a commission to be an apostle, and the first of the apostles, at that. Weakness, declared to our Lord and Saviour, can be an opening towards conversion and mission.
Truth & Persecution

Truth & Persecution

2022-01-2908:34

Christ our Lord experiences one of the many occasions of rejection and violence during His public ministry as we continue to read from St Luke's Gospel.This is not exceptional because we know that there were many other such occasions, culminating in His Passion and Death. What is unique about this episode is that it is from those who knew Him better than most, the people of Nazareth where He grew up.That He would be rejected in his home town moves our human emotions but we must also look further into the significance of this event and how it fits into the humanly tragic and divinely redemptive story of salvation.
The Season of Advent, and the new liturgical year, begin today.We embark on a journey of preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour on December 25th. It is a journey marked by penance and prayer, expectation and anticipation, but also looking backwards to retrace the wonderful and mysterious intervention of God into human history.Come, Lord Jesus!
St Leo the Great

St Leo the Great

2021-11-0908:41

This Pope was truly deserving of his name. His was the heart of a lion as he defended the City of Rome from invasion, as he defended the primacy of the See of Rome, and strengthened the faith of his people in Rome and further afield. His sermons and letters are still with us and because of the clarity and power of his teaching, he was declared Doctor of the Church.
Good Works & Faith

Good Works & Faith

2021-11-0609:26

How do we win our salvation?It is through faith and good works that we merit the undeserved gift of salvation won, once and for all, by Christ by His death and resurrection. Each one of us will be judged by Christ, after death, on the way we live our lives. Let us make our lives resplendent in faith, hope and charity, and let these virtues, and many others, be evident in our lives.
All Saints Day

All Saints Day

2021-10-3107:21

The great solemnity and feast of all the saints in heaven means much to us who are still on our pilgrimage to heaven. Let us invoke the help and intercession of all the saints as we strive to join them one day in heaven.
This podcast is a reading from the collected works "Theology of the Liturgy" by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger.It is a follow up to the podcast "Love and Worship" because it gives a wider and deeper understanding of what it means to participate in the sacred liturgy, the Holy Mass. Although he writes theologically, I have always found our Pope Emeritus to be singularly clear in his thought and in his expression.Some Latin words that he uses might be helpful to see:actio is the origin of our English actionoratio is the origin of our English oration but sometimes it is translated as prayer,  though there is another Latin word prex which means prayer or intercession.
Believing is Seeing

Believing is Seeing

2021-10-2309:19

The gospel episode of Bartimaeus is a touching and heartening story. It is a story of persistence and faith on the part of the blind man and it is a reminder of the kindness, mercy and power of Christ. We can take personally the question Our Lord poses to Bartimaeus, "What do you want me to do for you?" 
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

2021-10-1610:06

Although the title of a much loved and well known hymn, in the life of a Christian grace is truly amazing.Through Holy Baptism, sanctifying grace is infused into the soul and the human person becomes reborn, regenerated to a human existence that has been elevated, not out of nature but within nature, and with a supernatural quality. Divine charity is placed into the soul through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the possibility of eternal and intimate union with God forever in heaven is bestowed.We should ponder these profound realities often so that we come to understand them more and to appreciate them deeply. After all, grace is amazing!
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