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Salt And Light: A Gospel Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Salt And Light: A Gospel Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​Jesus used two brilliant images to describe us. "You are the salt of the earth" he said and, "You are the light of the world". Usually if we say of someone that he is the salt of the earth we mean that he is a wonderfully good person. But Jesus was not referring simply to extraordinary Christians. If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are supposed t...
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Turning Persecution into Blessings: A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Turning Persecution into Blessings: A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
Miss Universe Canada, Siera Bearchell who has gone to the Philippines to take part in the Miss Universe competition, has recently been plagued by anonymous online comments made about her need to lose weight. Those attacks really hurt her but eventually made her realise what was more important in her life​. As she said, "We always focus on things we...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matt. 5. 1-12) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matt. 5. 1-12) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time. (Matt. 5. 1-12).This is probably the best known and loved of Christ's sermons.Because it's become so familiar it's lost some of its power to shock us, and shake us up.The Beatitudes of today's Gospel introduce the Sermon on the Mount...
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Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection                                By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WASTED TIME-THIRTY YEARS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS?How did Jesus spend His life? After all, besides being the Son of Mary He was the Son God. He was making this world, our world, His very own! To tell the truth, during most of His life of about 34 years He did nothing out of the ordinary. For about 30 of those years He fitted into the life of the peopl...
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Does God Need Our Help?: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Does God Need Our Help?: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                          By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.Last week I reflected on the responsorial psalm, "Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will."Today Gospel, (Matt. 4. 12-23), prompts me to develop this theme, starting with the question, 'Does God need our help?'Strictly speaking, the answer must be, 'No. Of course He doesn't.'He's...
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The Smile In God's Voice:A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

The Smile In God's Voice:A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​THE SMILE IN GOD'S VOICE"Don't look at me in that tone of voice." I wonder how much is conveyed to us in our early years by looks and how much by tone of voice. Nobody teaches us how to laugh or smile. Nobody sits us down and gives us lessons on how to love – we learn that by growing up in a loving family. New-born children learn love and security...
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A Reflection On 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time, Year A by Fr. Isidore Clarke. O.P.

A Reflection On 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time, Year A by Fr. Isidore Clarke. O.P.
2nd SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME -YEAR AGreeting from Fr. Isidore Clarke on 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.'Here I am Lord.I come to do your will.'These words are taken from today's Responsorial Psalm, (Ps. 39).They sum up Christ's vocation and ours -His followers. In the 1st Reading (Is. 49. 3-6) we are told about God choosing and preparing a serv...
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The Feast Of The Epiphany: A Reflection by Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.

The Feast Of The Epiphany: A Reflection by Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany -God manifesting Himself in the person of the baby Jesus.At Christmas we rejoiced that angels had called shepherds to come from the nearby hills to worship the new-born Jesus.Although they were uneducated, poor, despised Jews God chose to reveal Himself first to them; th...
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SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND
WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GODWORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017"They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks."Surely Micah's Messianic prophesy is very far from being fulfilled, (4.30)!Indeed, lethal weapons are more accessible than ever before in the whole history of mankind. Who can blame those who see ours as THE...
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Mary, The Mother Of God: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By: Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Mary, The Mother Of God: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                           By: Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​A story is told of a group of religious Sisters who were captives of the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. They were allowed to hold their services and they had a novena leading up to Christmas. Each day they brought up in procession a small statue of the infant Jesus and placed it on the altar. The Japanese guard watched all this w...
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A Reflection On The Solemnity Of Mary Mother Of God By: Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.

A Reflection On The Solemnity Of Mary Mother Of God                                           By: Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the feast of Mary, the Mother of God.That's the title we give Christ's mother in the 'Hail Mary,' when we ask her to pray for us.It's an amazing claim that a young Jewish virgin should have become the mother of Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.Christians have always believed this. But in the 5th ce...
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Emmanuel - God With Us: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Emmanuel - God With Us: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                    By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
Gospel [Matthew 1:18-24] Emmanuel – God with us. What is meant by 'with' in this phrase? How is God with us? "Just stay with him." "But can't I do something to help?" "No, just stay with him – he can't communicate but he knows you are there." I was watching at the bedside of a close friend who had had a stroke and was in a coma. I wanted to be ac...
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ADVENT: OH, WHEN IS HE COMING? A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

ADVENT: OH, WHEN IS HE COMING? A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
WHY WAIT?GET IT NOW! - The adverts tell us. We live in an age where we expect everything instantly, instant coffee, instant mash, instant credit (if you dare risk it). Do you remember not so long ago when you had to wait for films to be developed? "Should be ready by Monday, sir." No wonder people begin to wonder what happened to the promises of Ch...
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Reflection On The Gospel For 3rd Sunday In Advent: Matthew 11. 2-11 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The Gospel For 3rd Sunday In Advent: Matthew 11. 2-11             By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A. This is taken from Matthew 11. 2-11, and should come as a shock.Had John the Baptist been wrong about Jesus?That was the question which tormented the prophet as he languished in prison, awaiting almost certain execution.Last Sunday's Gos...
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John The Baptist - The Voice: A Reflection By Fr Michael Barrow S.J.

John The Baptist - The Voice:  A Reflection By Fr Michael Barrow S.J.
​To prepare for Sunday Mass of Advent it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Isaiah 11: 1-10] The gifts of the Holy Spirit, mentioned here: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in the presence of God. Cho...
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Reflection on the Gospel for 2nd Sunday of Advent by Fr. Isidore Clark, O.P. (Text and Audio)

Reflection on the Gospel for 2nd Sunday of Advent by Fr. Isidore Clark, O.P. (Text and Audio)
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the reading for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A.I've been watching a fascinating TV series entitled, 'Who do you think you are?'In this, celebrities are helped to discover their family trees, and to learn about their ancestors.This tells them where they have come from.That helps...
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Advent - Becoming Aware Of God's Presence: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Advent - Becoming Aware Of God's Presence: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel  By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​ADVENT – BECOMING AWARE OF GOD'S PRESENCE"Wake up, you're daydreaming!" I don't know how many times my primary school teacher had to say that to me. I used to wonder why she said "Wake up" when she knew that I was not asleep. But she knew I was not paying attention or even aware of what was going on in the classroom. I think that's what Jesus mean...
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WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent                      by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WREATHSMention a wreath and our first thoughts are liable to be about funerals and Remembrance Days. In fact, the use of wreaths has an ancient and distinguished history.Centuries before the birth of Christ winners at the Greek Olympics had a wreath place upon their heads, likewise Roman emperors and victorious generals. In various ways they were ...
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Not The End Of The Story: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Not The End Of The Story:  A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
To prepare for Sunday Mass it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Malachi 3:19-20a] "But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays." Fear my name means: being filled with wonder and awe. Does God's name affect me...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Luke 21. 5-19: 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P. (Text and Audio)

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Luke 21. 5-19: 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P. (Text and Audio)
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke!Today I'm going to reflect on the 2nd half of the Gospel for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Luke 21. 5-19In today's Gospel Jesus foresees the opposition which we, His followers, will face.So, like a great general leading his troupes into battle, He sets out to give us encouragement and strengthen our resol...
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