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Not Afraid to Ask

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr Richard Joseph Ounsworth urges us to imitate Our Lady in her theological curiosity. Read more

God's Holy Dream

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)  |  Fr Timothy Radcliffe asks: Do we dare get caught up the adventure of God’s holy dream, of a love beyond all imagining?  Read more

God-with-us is Coming

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)  |  Fr Peter Hunter invites us to see the extraordinary works of God in our ordinary lives. Read more

The Materialism of Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)  |  On the cusp of Christmas, Deacon Luke Doherty points to the real, material event of the Incarnation and how it is fittingly celebrated.  Read more

What's in a Name?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)  |  Fr Gregory Murphy looks at the fundamental choice that confronts Joseph and each of us. Read more

Enwrapped In Prayer

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Advent. fr Simon Francis Gaine explains the significance of Christ's human body for our salvation. Read more

Our God Comes to Meet Us

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr John O'Connor helps us to see how God comes to each of us with our imperfect ways when sending us His Son. Read more

Salvation is Close at Hand

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr Peter helps us to prepare for the coming of the Saviour by reflecting on the journey of Our Holy Mother Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Read more

House of Gold

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr Leon Pereira urges us to accept Our Lady as our Mother, in accordance with Christ's command. Read more

Here and Now

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr Vivian Boland preaches about the bodiliness of our salvation.

Catholicism is a physical at least as much as it is a spiritual religion. It is about things that happened, and things that happen, in and through particular human bodies, in particular places such as Bethlehem or Blackfriars, Oxford, and at particular times such as the days of King Herod of Judea or December 2009. Our faith is about the Word becoming flesh. It is centred on one born of a woman, born under the Jewish law, to save us not through the promise of future incarnations of our 'spirits', but through the offering of his body once and for all.

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