Learning to Pray

Look at the set of senseless reasons the enemy gives you for abandoning your prayer: “I have no time” (when you are constantly wasting it!), “This is not for is me”, “My heart dry …”, and so on. Prayer is not a question of what you feel, but of love. And you love when you try hard to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything.
(St Josemaría Escrivá, 1902 – 1975)


Prayers for Peace

When the Spirit from on high is poured out on us, then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security. (Isaiah 32:15)


Following Jesus

The Christian who desires to follow Jesus, carrying his cross, must bear in mind that the name “Christian” means “learner or imitator of Christ” and that if they wish to bear that noble title worthily they must, above all, do as Christ charges us in the Gospel: we must oppose or deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him.

St Anthony Mary Claret (1807 – 1870)


Loving the Blessed Sacrament

Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament, I feel an indescribable joy.  It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.  These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils … I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.’

Pope St John XXIII, 1881-1963


Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell satan, and all wicked spirits who wander the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

St Michael, pray for us.


Adoring the Holy Cross

How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate!  In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste.  The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light.  This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens the way for our return.

St. Theodore the Studite (759-826)


Looking forward to the Assumption

One thing, one hope is certain: God expects us, waits for us, we do not go out into a void, we are expected. God is expecting us and, on going to that other world, we find the goodness of the Mother, we find our loved ones, we find eternal Love. God is waiting for us: this is our great joy and the great hope that is born from this Feast. Mary visits us, and she is the joy of our life and joy is hope.

Pope Benedict XVI, 15th August 2012


Exploring the Catechism

After Baptism and Confirmation, the Eucharist is the third Sacrament of Initiation … The Eucharist is the mysterious centre of all the sacraments, because the historic sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is made present during the words of consecration in a hidden, unbloody manner. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 11). […] When we eat the broken Bread we unite ourselves with the love of Jesus, who gave his body for us on the wood of the cross; when we drink from the chalice, we unite ourselves with him who even poured out his Blood out of love for us.

Youth Catechism (YouCat) #208


Mass Intentions and Stipends

A laudable Catholic custom is to have a Mass said for a specific intention. All Masses, of course, are offered to the glory of God and for the salvation of the whole world but, usually, there is also a specific intention. Anyone may request a Mass to be said for their particular intention. It is customary, when requesting a Mass, to make a small financial offering as a way of being especially associated with that Mass. However, it is not necessary to make an offering. The usual offering/donation is £10; some give less, some give more, some give nothing. Please never feel that you cannot have a Mass said for your intentions due to lack of funds.

A Mass costs nothing – except, of course, the life-saving death and resurrection of Jesus!


Love for Church and Christ

To confess the Lord by letting oneself be taught by God; to be consumed by love for Christ and his Gospel; to be servants of unity. These (…) are the tasks which the holy apostles Peter and Paul entrust to each of us, so that they can be lived by every Christian. May the holy Mother of God guide us and accompany us always with her intercession.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us!

(Pope Francis, 29 June 2013)