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Good Shepherd Sunday homily

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yesterday was 'Good Shepherd' Sunday, the day when the Church reflects on the role of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd and asks us to pray for vocations. Here is the homily given on that theme by Fr Richard Ounsworth OP at the Priory of the Holy Spirit, Blackfriars, Oxford. Read more

Book Review: Aquinas at Prayer, by Paul Murray OP

Thursday, March 05, 2015

St Thomas Aquinas: Doctor of the Church, scholastic theologian and philosopher, piercing intellect, synthesiser of Aristotle and Christianity . . . so far, so good . . . but the addition of the descriptions mystic, poet, and contemplative might cause some to raise an eyebrow. In his survey of Aquinas both at prayer and on prayer, Paul Murray seeks to show us that the latter descriptions of Aquinas are just as applicable as the first set. Read more

Taize in Prague - New Year 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Along with 30,000 other young people, I spent this New Year at the Taizé European Meeting in Prague.  Read more

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) 'Surprised By Joy'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Virgin and Child. The Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist, St Dominic, St Peter the Martyr and St. Thomas Aquinas- Fra Angelico c.1387-1455- in the Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico. Florence, Italy. Gaudete Sunday reminds us that true joy mustn’t become something that we take for granted. True joy is transformative, it may be fleeting in time but it continues to hit our hearts deeply. At this time in our Advent journey we come face to face with a dramatic preacher in the wilderness. St. John the Baptist reminds us that we need to be ‘Surprised by Joy’ as we wait again for the Incarnation. In order to be truly surprised therefore at this charismatic signpost, we must be willing to show and reflect upon the areas in which we are lost. Read more

Our Father: Musical Settings of the Lord's Prayer

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To round off our commentary on the Our Father, we come to the ways it has been set to music. Prayer rightly inspires and nourishes theological reflection, but it's always important to come back to prayer. Singing is an excellent way to pray, because it can give voice to the deepest desires of our hearts, and these will lead us to a greater love of God. As St Augustine says, 'Singing is a lover's thing'! Read more

Our Father: Doxology: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doxology” comes from the Greek words “Doxa” and “Logos” which mean “Glory” and “Word”. Doxology is thus a word of glory. Such words are common in the Scriptures and in the liturgy. The words, “for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever”, are an example. Through these words, we celebrate the glory of our God, the chief end of all our prayers. Read more

The Lord's Prayer: 'And lead us not into temptation'.

Friday, November 07, 2014
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'The Temptations of Christ' 12th Century mosaic in St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy. 

Our Father, 'As we forgive those who trespass against us'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

All Saints - Exsultate Justi!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Our Father: Give us this day our daily bread

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The eyes of all creatures look to you Read more
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