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The Ordinary writes on the Assisted Dying Bill

The Assisted Dying Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 18 July. If it became law it would make incitement to suicide routine in our society, thereby putting pressure on the most vulnerable to see themselves as a burden to society. The Church’s teaching is clear: that human life, from […]

Homily for Easter 4: Encountering Christ, preaching the Gospel.

We encounter the preaching of the Apostle Peter following his incredible encounter with the Risen Lord, the breathing of Jesus upon them with the words “Receive the Holy Spirit” and the manifestation of that Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This series of events transform the fearful disciples into Apostles, the denying Peter into the Rock on […]

Homily from Easter 3: Seeing the Risen Christ at the breaking of bread.

In the Gospel we encounter the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Their journey was taking them away from Jerusalem and the temple which was a vivid sign of God’s presence in the midst of this people. Why they were travelling this road is not clear. However, there is a powerful symbolic gesture in […]

Two new Saints of the Church

The enrolment of new saints happens at the start of the Canonisation Mass, so that the newly-recognised saints are included in the Canon of the Mass and acknowledged throughout the celebration. At the Mass, the reading from 1 Peter 1:3–9 was read in Polish. The Order of Service has been published by the Vatican, and […]

Holy Saturday: In the eye of the storm.

Neil and I were talking about the feeling of Holy Saturday, after praying the Office of Readings this morning. The reading from the Saints (below) uses beautiful imagery and it had made me think how we experience a hollowness, an emptiness on this part of Holy Week. At the same time, theologically speaking Christ has […]

The Seven Last Words 6: “It is Finished.”

When Jesus has received the sour wine, he said ‘It is finished’ and bowed his head and gave up his spirit. After receiving the sour wine in fulfilment of the scripture, Jesus utters the word “It is finished.” One, with some sympathy, may think that, in the light of the terrible suffering that he has […]