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

The Wells of Salvation

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Third Sunday of Lent. Fr John Farrell assures us that sacramental grace never runs dry. Read more

The Gift Within

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sixth Sunday of Easter. Fr John Farrell suggests that we all need to receive the Holy Spirit anew this Eastertide. Read more

The Wellspring of Hope

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Fr John Farrell preaches on the meanings of 'Body of Christ'.

In the Catholic Tradition we use the phrase 'Body Of Christ' in three distinct but interconnecting ways. The first and constant use is to refer to Jesus himself, stressing the full humanity of the Incarnate Son of God. He was formed in his mother's womb, was born and grew. He bodily touched the untouchable leper. He walked through the villages and fields of his native land. He spoke God's word in a human way. He ate and drank. He suffered, was tortured, murdered and was dead and bodily buried.

But he is no longer dead, but Risen and glorified in his body. He is no longer bound by time and space as we are, and he was in his earthly life. He is alive and with us. He is the Lord actively reigning in his own creation.

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Peace which is God

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year. Fr John Farrell ponders the fruitfulness which lies in Christ. Read more

What We Are Not

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year. Fr John Farrell seeks a way of avoiding the dangers of being too religious. Read more

The Glory of Calvary

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year. Fr John Farrell preaches on the strangely ordered drama of salvation. Read more

Strange Feast

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Eighth Sunday of the Year. Fr John Farrell links the Eucharistic feast of the Mass to the observances of Lent. Read more

Our Royal Dignity

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Solemnity of Christ the King. Fr John Farrell tells us that whatever the kingship of Christ is, we are part of it and we share in it. Read more

In the Wombs of the Women

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr John Farrell preaches on the visitation of our Blessed Lady to her cousin, Elizabeth. Read more

'He who made fire now fears the cold'

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Christmas. Beginning with this quotation from R. Crashaw, Fr John Farrell reflects on the meaning of God's Word-made-flesh. Read more

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