Pope Francis: The Double Direction of Lent

We may think that we give glory to God only by our worship and prayer, or simply by following certain ethical norms. It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for […]

Reading and Hearing The Word of God

When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.

We Remember Them

At the rising of the sun and at its going down we remember them.   At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember them.   At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember them.   At the blueness of the skies and in […]

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 21st November.  This celebration commemorates the presentation of the child Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three.  The feast was first kept in the eight century.  It symbolises the consecration of her life to the Lord.  It is the […]

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly […]

Give Me the Heart of a Child

Give Me the Heart of a Child by Margaret O’Neill, Wicklow   Give me, O Lord, the heart of a child, Simple and joyful and free. Give me, O Lord, the love of a child, Trusting and faithful to Thee. Don’t let my age make a difference, Lord If I’m middle-aged, young or old: What matters […]

Prayers to Say With Children

Listening Thank you, Lord, for the gift of hearing. I enjoy listening to so many wonderful things. Please help me listen to your Good News too. Amen.   God Hear My Prayer God in heaven hear my prayer. Keep me in thy loving care. Be my guide in all I do, Bless all those who […]

Take Care by Michael D. Higgins

In the journey to the light The dark moments should not threaten. Belief requires that you hold steady. Bend, if you will, with the wind. The tree is your teacher, Roots at once more firm From experience in the soil made fragile. Your gentle dew will come And a stirring of power to go on […]

Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat

Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat (20 May 1789 – 6 June 1840), also known as Saint Marcellin Champagnat, was born in Le Rosey, village of Marlhes, near St. Etienne (Loire), France. He was part of a group of seminarians who conceived and promoted the establishment of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers).  He was ordained on […]

The Rosary

The Rosary is a Catholic prayer devotion that draws us closer to Jesus and Mary by reflecting on key moments in their lives.  According to Catholic tradition, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic when she appeared to him in 1214.  In 1520, Pope Leo X approved it for use by lay people.  In those […]