The Prayer Intention of Pope Francis for February 2018 is: That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption. “Dirty bread of corruption” In his homily during Holy Mass in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis commented on the parable of the dishonest steward taken from the Gospel… Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for February 2018
The prayer intention of Pope Francis during December 2017 is: "That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations."
From time to time I come across a recording of a song, hymn or other piece of music, that reminds me just how powerful good music can be. Good music - and that is a definition that is as much personal appreciation as 'scientific' assessment - has the ability, the power, to reach inside one's… Continue reading A Reminder of the Power of Music
On the 2nd November, the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), Pope Francis visited and prayed at the Ardeatine Caves, the sight of the massacre of Italian political prisoners and civilians, including Jewish civilians, on 24th March 1944 perpetrated by German occupation forces as a means of reprisal for attacks on… Continue reading The Fruit of War is Death
The Pope's prayer intention for November 2017 is That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
The Prayers of the Faithful represent a vision of the Christian in the world that should not be forgotten by the Mass-goer. We don't leave behind our material and historical realities when we got to Mass. We don't got to Mass to escape from the sorrows of the word, as if Church is a safe… Continue reading Transforming The World
The first two lines of the Gloria are in fact essential to understanding what takes place at Mass. In this small parish church, where the lives of men and women unfold over the years, the Word still becomes flesh. God's glory appears in the reading of Scripture, in the body of Christ assembled, in the priest's… Continue reading The Unfolding Yet Hidden Glory of God