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A radical call to conversion

Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | In our Gospel today we hear Jesus the lawgiver of the New Covenant deepening and perfecting the Mosaic law. But the challenge he sets his followers is difficult, one that ultimately calls us to the very highest dignity, to imitate the perfection of the Father.

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Not far from the Kingdom

Thursday, June 03, 2021
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The Dedication of the Priory Church, Oxford

Thursday, May 20, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PToday we celebrate a God who was always with his creation, but has opened now a way for us to be with him; today we celebrate a God who became man without ceasing to be God, that we might become godly. Read more

The Gifts, The Gospel, and the Going

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Our Lord's words to the disciples before Ascension in today's Gospel raises some curious questions, among them: when was the last time we drank poison and were fine? It is a train of thought that helps Br Thomas explain why the Ascension is a great feast of hope. Read more

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (Jn 15:11)

Thursday, May 06, 2021

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P"We are not pawns or placeholders, simply holding the fort for the return of the Master. The fullness of our joy extends and continues, furthers and accomplishes Christ’s saving work." Br Albert reflects on the words of Christ in today's Gospel. Read more

No, my dear Marx, eternal life is not the opium of the people!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

By Br Francesco Lorenzon, O.P. | In today's Gospel reflection, Br Francesco reflects on the promise of happiness that Christ extends to every person, and how this is often misunderstood in contemporary society. Read more

‘Not even if a man should rise from the dead…’

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.P.‘Jesus is the heir to a line of rejects: his rejection authenticates his mission, and in fact facilitates it. For Jesus, when he is rejected, is thrown out among all those classes of born-rejects that Lazarus embodies.’ Br Bede meditates on today's Gospel, the parable of Lazarus and Dives. Read more

Dangerous prayer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | False, solely human "prayer", is dangerous, even lethal. True prayer bears a divine mark. It is Christ's prayer: the prayer he taught us − "thy will be done" (Matt. 6:10) −  and the prayer he acted out in his Passion − "not as I will, but as thou wilt.''(Matt. 26:39) Christian prayer is thus fully human, for we bring with us all our desires, but also fully divine on account of that weighty qualification: "but as thou wilt". It remains dangerous, for it leads us to the cross, but dangerous only to sin. Read more

But for Wales, Richard?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion OP | 'The Gospel asks us to deny ourselves, to cast off selfish ambition and greed. What goal are you working towards? What treasure are you gathering, that which lasts for heaven or that which fades?' Br Thomas reflects on today's gospel. Read more

The crumbs alone are enough

Thursday, February 11, 2021

By Br John Bernard Church, O.P | Jesus' words in today's Gospel may appear harsh, but they elicit from the Syrophoenician woman a statement of true and simple faith, the recognition that all that He deigns to give us is all that we require. Read more

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