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I believe in God

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

By Br Cuthbert Hartley | If we were to travel back to the origins of the very first city the first sign of its emergence would be a simple structure. The first time that human beings left a permanent mark on the landscape for a purpose other than mere subsistence or housing would be a little shelter within which is a raised platform. Read more

St Thomas Aquinas and the mercy of God

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is fashionable in this Year of Mercy to relate everyone and everything to this single theological theme. But in the case of St Thomas Aquinas OP, there are very good reasons for doing so! Read more

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent: Controversial Miracles and Unconventional Charity

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Gospel Reading: John 5:1-3, 5-16 Read more

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent: to be Christians with Integrity, and Humility

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Readings: Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 49; Mt 23:1-12

“They preach but do not practise” [Mt 23:3] says Our Lord in today's Gospel, describing the Pharisees. These words send a shiver down the spine as they remind us of the times in which we fall short of Christ’s teaching, which we proclaim to the world. But the sentiment is perhaps especially applicable to Bishops, Priests and Deacons who exercise both authority in the Church, and a teaching ministry. As St. Thomas Aquinas says in his commentary on this Gospel passage, “a prelate is given a position of authority so that he may teach not only by his doctrine, but also by his life”. If our lives do not reflect the values we preach, we lack integrity. If we lack integrity, we lose credibility.  If we lose credibility, people will not listen to us. So it is only when we practice what we preach that we become effective communicators of the Gospel. I once heard Gil Bailie, a thoughtful American scholar, put it this way: "The ultimate success of every effort to Christianise the world will be commensurate with the personal sanctity of those making the effort." The way to avoid the example of the Pharisees is to have the integrity to put into practice that which we profess.

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First Tuesday of Lent: Abstinence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
What is the purpose of abstaining from certain pleasures during Lent? Along with prayer and almsgiving, we abstain during Lent ultimately in order to repent of our sins, be transformed, and turn back to God - i.e. to bring about metanoia. Read more

St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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St. Thomas, the Angelic Doctor.
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