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Christ and His Bride the Church

"Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the Lord, since as Christ is head of the Church and saves the whole body, so is a husband the head …More
"Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the Lord, since as Christ is head of the Church and saves the whole body, so is a husband the head of his wife; and as the Church submits to Christ, so should wives to their husbands, in everything. Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the Church and sacrificed himself for her to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her in water with a form of words, so that when he took her to himself she would be glorious, with no speck or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and faultless. In the same way, husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies; for a man to love his wife is for him to love himself. A man never hates his own body, but he feeds it and looks after it; and that is the way Christ treats the Church, because it is his body – and we are its living parts. For this reason, a man must leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and …More
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Walk as Children of the Light

"You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light." – Eph 5:8, which is part of today's epistle at Mass. Photo of the statue of St Anthony of Padua in the Rosary …More
"You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light." – Eph 5:8, which is part of today's epistle at Mass. Photo of the statue of St Anthony of Padua in the Rosary Shrine.
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King of Martyrs

25 October 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. It is also, in the Extraordinary Form, the feast of Christ the King. My sermon for today can be …More
25 October 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. It is also, in the Extraordinary Form, the feast of Christ the King. My sermon for today can be read here. This photo is of the Altarpiece with some of the forty martyrs in the crypt of Tyburn Convent, built on the site where many of them were executed by the State.
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Saint Raphael

"O God who in Thy ineffable goodness hast rendered blessed Raphael the conductor of thy faithful in their journeys, we humbly implore Thee that we may be conducted by him in the way of salvation, …More
"O God who in Thy ineffable goodness hast rendered blessed Raphael the conductor of thy faithful in their journeys, we humbly implore Thee that we may be conducted by him in the way of salvation, and experience his help in the maladies of our souls. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen." In the Extraordinary Form calendar, 24 October is the feast of St Raphael the Archangel, shown here in mosaic in the Basilica of St Thérèse in Lisieux.
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St John of Capistrano

"O God, who raised up Saint John of Capistrano to comfort your faithful people in tribulation, place us, we pray, under your safe protection and keep your Church in everlasting peace. Almighty ever-…More
"O God, who raised up Saint John of Capistrano to comfort your faithful people in tribulation, place us, we pray, under your safe protection and keep your Church in everlasting peace. Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of the Capuchin, St John of Capistrano (23 Oct). Fresco from the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere, Rome.
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Pope Saint John Paul II

“Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.” – Pope St John Paul II, whose feast is on 22 October. This statue of the Saint is in the USCCB building in Washington …More
“Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.” – Pope St John Paul II, whose feast is on 22 October. This statue of the Saint is in the USCCB building in Washington DC.
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Pope St John Paul II the Great and all you holy Popes, pray for the Popes, pray for the Church, and pray for us.

Servant of the Gospel

"You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery, as I have just described it …More
"You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery, as I have just described it very shortly. If you read my word you will have some idea of the depths that I see in the mystery of Christ. This that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel. I have been made the servant of that gospel by a gift of grace from God who gave it to me by his own power. I, who am less than the least of all the saints have been entrusted with this special grace, not only of proclaiming to the pagans the infinite treasure of Christ but also of explaining how the mystery is to be dispensed. Through all the ages, this has been kept hidden in God, …More

Restoring Peace through the Cross

"Do not forget that you had no Christ and were excluded from membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants with their Promise; you were immersed in this world, without hope and without …More
"Do not forget that you had no Christ and were excluded from membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants with their Promise; you were immersed in this world, without hope and without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God: in his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father. So you are no longer aliens or foreign …More

St Isaac Jogues

"O God, who chose to manifest the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom by the toil of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions and by the shedding of their blood, graciously grant …More
"O God, who chose to manifest the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom by the toil of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions and by the shedding of their blood, graciously grant that through their intercession the faith of Christians may be strengthened day by day. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Isaac Jogues, St John de Brébeuf and companion martyrs, Co-patrons of Canada. Today, 19 October, is their feast day. Stained glass window from the National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MA.
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St Luke

"Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in your name may persevere as one heart and one soul …More
"Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in your name may persevere as one heart and one soul and that all nations may merit to see your salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Luke (18 Oct). Stained glass from Marylebone Parish Church in London.
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St Ignatius of Antioch

"Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we …More
"Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we celebrate today, brought him eternal splendor, so it may be for us unending protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Ignatius of Antioch (17 October). This sculpture of the Saint is from the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
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St Gerard Majella

16 October is the feast of St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist lay brother who died on this day in 1755, aged 29. He is patron of unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, …More
16 October is the feast of St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist lay brother who died on this day in 1755, aged 29. He is patron of unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, good confessions, and lay brothers. This stained glass is in the Redemptorist church in Toronto.
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Chasuble for St Teresa's Canonization

The Carmelite Doctor of the Church, St Teresa of Avila died on 15 October 1582. She was canonized on 22 March 1622, along with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis …More
The Carmelite Doctor of the Church, St Teresa of Avila died on 15 October 1582. She was canonized on 22 March 1622, along with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Philip Neri. This chasuble was donated by the Duke of Alba to the Carmelites on the occasion of St Teresa's canonization.
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Cell of St Teresa's Death

St Teresa of Avila died on this day (15 October) in 1582 in this room in Alba de Tormes. As she lay in bed, she said: “O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour is now come.The hour is at last come,…More
St Teresa of Avila died on this day (15 October) in 1582 in this room in Alba de Tormes. As she lay in bed, she said: “O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour is now come.The hour is at last come, wherein I shall pass out of this exile, and my soul shall enjoy in thy company what it hath so earnestly longed for.”
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If a goldsmith extensively decorates the chalice, will it cease to be a chalice?
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Fairly certain it's been extensively decorated since the saint's death. That is no "cell".
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The Heart of St Teresa of Avila

“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he …More
“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying." – St Teresa of Avila describing the ecstatic mystical experience of the transverberation of her heart. This is the relic of her heart with the wound of the dart visible. The relic is in the Carmelite convent of Alba de Tormes, …More

Be Directed by the Holy Spirit

"You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit." – Galatians 5:24f, which is part of …More
"You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit." – Galatians 5:24f, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Painting from the museum at the church of the Annunciation in Alba de Tormes, where St Teresa is buried.
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St Edward the Confessor

"Born in 1003, St Edward died at Westminster on 5 January 1066. He became king of England in 1042, the last of the old Anglo-Saxon line; his death precipitated the Norman invasion of 1066. Commonly …More
"Born in 1003, St Edward died at Westminster on 5 January 1066. He became king of England in 1042, the last of the old Anglo-Saxon line; his death precipitated the Norman invasion of 1066. Commonly known as the 'Confessor', he was regarded as a saint during his lifetime, renowned for his generosity to the Church and to the poor, and because of the readiness with which he listened to his subject's grievances. His relics were translated on this day in 1163 to a new shrine in Westminster Abbey, which foundation he had richly endowed and expanded." This roundel of the sainted king is on the north side of Westminster Cathedral.
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Jonah

"The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them: ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to …More
"The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them: ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’" – Luke 11:29-32, which is today's Gospel at Mass. Mosaic from the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes of the prophet Jonah.
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Cast into Outer Darkness

""But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was …More
""But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen.'" – Matthew 22:11-14, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. My sermon for today can be read here. Detail from the tympanum over the central west doors of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
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Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval de Manila

Saturdays are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The second Sunday of October is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary under the title of 'La Naval de Manila' because in 1646, a naval battle …More
Saturdays are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The second Sunday of October is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary under the title of 'La Naval de Manila' because in 1646, a naval battle against Protestant Dutch ships (despite terrible odds against the two Spanish-Filipino ships) was won. This statue of La Naval de Manila was carved in ivory in 1593 by a Chinese immigrant who later converted to Christianity, and the statue was entrusted to the Dominican friars who still keep the statue in their church of Santo Domingo in Quezon City.
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