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The Sacred Heart of Jesus by Stephen B Whatley
Jesus Christ...the ruler of the kings of the earth, loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father. That Jesus has authority over all earthly rulers, whether they acknowledge it or not, is important to us, His disciples.  We have accepted the kingship of Christ over our life.  In one way that acceptance is a matter signed, sealed and delivered some time ago when we were baptised.  For most of us, however...
A man holds a loaf of bread
I think I know how John the Baptist must have felt when everywhere he went people kept asking him “Are you Elijah – come back from the dead?”. Everywhere I went in Guyana, people always used to ask me: “Are you related to Bryan O’Reilly?”To which I had to respond: “only as brothers in the Lord”. It seemed to disappoint them hugely. One couple came to see me from three hundred miles away in Brazil because they had heard that Fr O’Reilly was back in the Amazon and were so disappointed that my...
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance (Confession). This window depicts a Priest raising his right hand in absolution of a penitent in Confession. James Bradley on Flickr
“‘You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.’”I have a friend who is a politician -but don’t hold that against him. He is really not like other politicians, at least as you may have read about them in newspapers. For one thing, he’s not actually very good...
Statue of our lady with a crown of 12 stars, in Attard (Malta)
At a parish church where I often go on a Sunday, we have a big Portuguese community. And in the Church, they have put up a big statue of Our Lady of Fatima. It’s a statue of our lady Queen of Heaven, so the statue has an enormous gilt crown, a big red heart (which glows in the dark after you put the lights out) and a small white plastic rosary. And every Sunday, they put an enormous number of flowers and candles around it. And on special Marian feast days, they put extra ornaments on it – I...
Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at this year’s Corpus Christi procession through the streets of central London. Starting at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair, it passed through the busy Oxford Street shopping thoroughfare before ending at St James’s in Spanish Place, Marylebone. Thousands of Catholics joined the procession to witness to Christ’s Eucharistic presence in the world. The Cardinal, who is Archbishop of Westminster, described Corpus Christi as "a feast of unbounded joy, for...
On 10 March, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St John Ogilvie SJ, Scotland’s only post-Reformation Jesuit martyr. Ogilvie was born in 1579, the son of a respected Calvinist family, and converted to Catholicism after receiving his education from the Benedictines and the Jesuits. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 29 and was ordained priest two years later.After ordination Ogilvie served in France, but he was keen to be sent to Scotland to minister to the few Roman...
A few years ago, six or seven years ago to be more precise, I was fortunate to participate in a training programme in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. We were sixteen on the course. The worldwide Society of Jesus which St Ignatius founded was well represented. There were men from North America and Europe; from Zambia and Malawi and Rwanda; from Goa, Madras, the Punjab and Calcutta; from Japan and even China. To the surprise of many, this was my very first visit to Rome. So before, in between...