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The Word Is Life

APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES – AND TO US!

We can hardly be surprised that with so many women named Mary in the New Testament there is a little confusion around which event refers to which Mary. Add a number of accounts of un-named women and the confusion only grows. There is, of course, Mary the Mother of Jesus. There is also Mary of…

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY – PRACTICAL ADVICE

When it comes to our relationship with the Blessed Mother, it is valuable for our own prayer life to see how the liturgical celebration of the Immaculate Heart has been presented to us, and to see how the changes over the years can help us to deepen our prayer life. 1.       Born from the Scriptures. Devotion…

FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

One of the most commonly depicted images in Christian art is that of the disciples at Pentecost. Around the world, there have been countless versions of the men and women gathered in a locked room in Jerusalem, each with a “tongue of flame” above their heads. The passage from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts…

REWORDING SAINT RITA

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita, the patron saint of abused wives. We need her help. Whether labelled the “perfect storm,” a “pandemic within a pandemic,” a “shadow pandemic,” “intimate partner violence,” or just “domestic abuse,” violence against women during the pandemic has increased dramatically. This increase in violence against women is scandalous…

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Every age has its own moments of meaning. Imagine a rural village, Cova da Iria,  in Fatima,  Portugal, in 1917. The world was changing rapidly. Portugal was becoming increasingly more secular. The world was at war. Three shepherd children; Lucia do Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, reported seeing apparitions of Mother Mary…