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Enduring Love

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday. Fr Timothy Radcliffe preaches on the meaning of eternal life. Read more

Accepting Mercy

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday. Fr Peter Harries preaches on the liturgy of Good Friday. Read more

Why Feet?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Thursday. Fr Lawrence Lew ponders on the symbolism of footwashing. Read more

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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The Gift of Life

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fifth Sunday of Lent. Fr David McLean suggests a way in which we can imitate Christ in his raising of Lazarus. Read more

Born Blind

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Lent. Fr Aelred Connelly shares with us the lessons he learned from his parents.

I am writing this sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, which is Mother's day, having recently lost both my mother and godmother on the same morning. Things will never be quite the same again.

There is something poignant in the words of the parents of the blind man in today's Gospel: 'he is old enough; let him speak for himself'. Our parents never entirely let go their children until they finally go from this earth. My father died quite suddenly two years ago this past January. The older my parents got, the more I realised how much we, their children, had received from them. As one of my brethren wrote to me at the time of my father's death, 'He was a man of deep goodness.' I now begin to appreciate that this was equally true of my mother.

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