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Current arrangements for worship

Public worship has resumed with Ordinariate services at St Agnes’ Church and Christ the King, and also Masses at St Joachim’s and Our Lady of Ransom. Details of Ordinariate services are in the calendar and sidebar here; others are published on their own websites: Christ the King/St Joachim and Our Lady of Ransom. Churches are […]

Anonymous, via pxhere.com

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Even if we fall and fall badly, our Lord always provides a way back for those willing to take it.

The Pearl of Great Price (detail): Domenico Fetti (c.1589–1623), 1619; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Offered the Kingdom and a choice

When we realise the value of the kingdom, then we can give everything which we have to God, and not merely do so grudgingly, but as Christ tells us, ‘joyfully’.

The Last Judgement (detail)

The virtuous will shine like the sun

Our Lord leaves us with more riddles in the parables of today’s gospel. These parables are parables of the kingdom of God; what it is like, and why it is like it is.

Parable of the Sower (September) [detail], Marten van Valckenborch (1535–1612), c.1585; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

My word shall not return to me empty

Some seed fell on rich soil and it produced a hundred-, sixty- and thirty-fold. Where the word finds a receptive heart then the miraculous happens and the Lord of Life bestows his graces.

St Ignatius’ Vision of Christ and the Father at La Storta (Detail), Domenichino (1581–1641), c.1622; Los Angeles County Museum of Art

God so loves the world

Christ wants to reveal the Father to us, wants to let us know him. This is the gift of Faith. It is only by this gift that we can come into that relationship of love which knowing God involves.