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The Abiding Fruit of St Dominic

Monday, August 06, 2018

Solemnity of St Dominic | Fr Robert Verrrill reflects on St Dominic as “ivory of chastity” and asks that the Church is renewed in fidelity to Christ in the living out of this virtue.  Read more

Attentive in Prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Sunday of Advent.  |  fr Robert Verrill calls our attention to Advent as an opportunity to grow in grace and develop an appetite for prayer so as to foil the Devil’s trickery. Read more

The Game is Up

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

First Sunday of Lent (A)  |  Fr Robert Verrill considers the Enemy that we conquer with the grace and example of Christ during Lent. Read more

The Ascension of the Lord

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Ascension of the Lord. fr Robert Verrill helps us to understand St Luke's account of the Ascension by comparing it with Christ's transfiguration.  Read more

A Pope's Hope

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Solemnity of Christ the King. fr Robert Verrill argues that we can only understand today's feast through our faith.  Read more

No Clichés in Christ

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Fifth Sunday of the Year. fr Robert explains why there are no clichés in Christ.
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A Mere Symbol?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday. Fr Robert Verrill explains how the Holy Eucharist is the most genuine symbol of all, perfectly signifying that which it contains.  Read more

The Big Question

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Twelfth Sunday of the Year. Fr Robert Verrill argues that the most important question we ever ask is the one asked by Jesus in today's Gospel: 'Who do you say that I am?' Read more

Cutting Out the Cause of Sin

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year. Fr Robert Verrill prompts us to examine our own hearts and to seek transformation, in order to let Christ enter our lives. Read more

What Are You Going To Watch?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Sunday of Advent. Fr Robert Verrill tells us why Jesus's death on the Cross is a little like television.

Jesus takes watching very seriously. In today's short Gospel reading, Jesus tells us four times to watch – he's really hammering it home.

Nowadays if you talk about watching, probably one of the first things that comes to mind is watching TV. In the TV series the Simpsons, Homer Simpson represents the archetypal TV watcher; his daughter Lisa invariably represents the voice of sanity. In one episode, Lisa tells her father 'It's not our fault our generation has short attentions spans. We watch an appalling amount of TV.' Homer replies angrily 'Don't you ever, EVER talk that way about television.'

Watching lots of TV changes us. Whether you love it or hate it, television has had a massive impact on modern society. Of the many ways television affects us, one particular way is its ability to keep us awake. It's generally considered to be a bad idea to watch TV in bed. On the other hand, a person who has a job such as keeping watch over a desolate reception area during the night might be allowed to watch TV to help to stay awake.

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