Torch provides a new Catholic homily each week written specially for this web site by Dominican friars, and read by followers worldwide. Read more.

To Pluck Up and To Plant

Sunday, October 06, 2013
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year. Fr Gregory Murphy reflects upon the transforming power of God's grace. Read more

Bearing the Word

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Second Sunday of Advent. Fr Gregory Murphy reflects on Advent as a time of return and renewal. Read more

The Hope of New Life

Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Staying the Course

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Gregory Murphy encourages us to arise with Christ and follow him out of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane provides the final lesson in discipleship given by Jesus before his execution and exaltation, and that lesson is rooted in prayer.

After establishing his communion with his disciples at the last supper Jesus for once takes them with him as he withdraws to pray, further emphasising the importance of this by picking out Peter and the sons of Zebedee, those who had witnessed his transfiguration on the mountain. Jesus prays alone, as on previous nights, but asks that they remain close and support him in his distress. His prayer allows us some sense of the struggle in the soul of Jesus, and suggests why he wishes the support of those who had been closest to him in his ministry.

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Blowin' in the Wind

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pentecost Sunday. Fr Gregory Murphy invites us to be scoured by the Holy Spirit. Read more

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