Baruch 5: 1-9; Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11;Luke 3: 1-6Intro: the key to success is always good preparation. Today, the Gospel invites us to prepare a way – our way! – for the Lord.Readings: the Jews were exiled in sorrow and distress. Baruch echoes Isaiah’s message that God will reach out to them, and remove every […]
All Saints. Today the Church celebrates the feast of all those in Heaven, not only the great canonised, officially recognised, saints, but also our own relatives and friends. It reminds us that the Church is made up of three parts – the Church Triumphant, already enjoying the beatific vision of God in Heaven, the Church […]
Ss. Simon and Jude. Simon is named eleventh in the list of apostles. Nothing is known about him, apart from the fact that he was born in Cana of Galilee and known as “The Zealot” suggesting that he was a bit fiery and committed to the faith. Jude, also known as Thaddeus, was the one […]
St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870). Born in Sallent, Spain, he became a priest and preached initially to the people of Catalonia before founding the Claretian Order. He became a bishop in Cuba where he worked for the good of souls with great profit. Returning to Spain, he had to endure many trials for the sake […]
St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456). Born in the Abruzzi, N. Italy, he studied law at Perugia and held the office of judge for a time. He entered the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans, was ordained and went through Europe seeking to strengthen Christian morals and argue against heretics before dying in Villach, Austria.
St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775). Born at Ovada, Liguria, as a young man, he helped his merchant father, but, feeling called to a life of perfection, he gave up his worldly goods to look after the sick and the poor for which he assembled a body of companions to help him. He eventually became […]
St. John de Brebeuf and his Companions. Between 1642 and 1649 eight members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) had gone to N. America to preach the faith there. After terrible tortures by the Huron and Iroquois tribes, including being beaten with knotted sticks, having their hair, beards and nails torn out, their fingers […]
St. Luke. Born of a pagan family, he converted to the Christian faith and became a companion of St. Paul on some of the latter’s missionary journeys. He wrote his Gospel in accordance with Paul’s preaching, and he is also responsible for the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, which reads like a […]
St. Ignatius of Antioch. One of the very early saint-martyrs of the Church, he was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. He was sentenced to death in 107 A.D. by being thrown to wild beasts during the reign of the Emperor Trajan. On his final journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters to […]
St. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to […]
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). Born in Autun, France, she joined the Visitation Order of nuns where she rapidly progressed in the way of perfection. She was granted many revelations in regard to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was instrumental in bringing about Its veneration.