Stand erect hold your heads high…

Today’s gospel begins with the disciples marvelling at the glory of the Temple; it must have been truly wonderful to see.  It had taken fifty years for Herod to rebuild the Temple.  Solomon’s original Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 588 BC, when the...

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord…

Both books of the Maccabees teach us that eternal life belongs to those who have lived for the Lord and of the necessity to pray for the dead.  We are all imperfect and need healing from the results of our sins, even if those sins are forgiven.  The wounds of sin do...

No longer lost…

Sometimes we can feel as though we are just going through the motions of living a proper Christian life.  Perhaps in such moment today’s Gospel can help us.  When we walk in through the doors of the church, we are taking steps to try to get a fresh glimpse of Jesus. ...

Let us see, O Lord, Your mercy…

The parable in today’s Gospel hits home with all of us.  Sometimes, we can have an overwhelming feeling that we are just not good enough; yet we are afraid that if we don’t approach God, we might get even worse.  On such occasions we have to remind ourselves that God...

Let us pray…

The Amalekites challenged the Hebrews to a decisive battle.  Moses watched from a distance.  His brother Aaron and his companion, Hur, stayed with Moses.  As long as Moses arms were raised holding his staff – the power of God – the Israelites were winning;...

St John Henry Newman

This weekend, in Rome, Pope Francis will make John Henry Newman a saint. Newman is widely considered to be one of the most significant figures of the 19th century. This canonisation is the conclusion of his cause to sainthood.  His cause was opened in 1958, he was...