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From The Earliest Days

From The Earliest Days

'We fly to Thy protection, O holy Mother of God..' - Sub Tuum PraesidiumMost Catholic children are very fortunate in that from their earliest days, they were introduced to and told about the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary. And so for us, She has always been...

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A Call To Peace

A Call To Peace

"We need to develop the awareness that nowadays we are either all saved together or no one is saved" - 'Fratelli Tutti' (Pope Francis)In his recent Encyclical Letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’, on the call to fraternity and brotherhood, our Holy Father Pope Francis had written...

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Close to Her Heart

Close to Her Heart

"I have been living under the virginal cloak of the Mother of God. She has been instructing me and guarding me. I am quite at peace, close to Her Immaculate Heart." - Saint Faustina Kowalska Saint Faustina Kowalska is the Polish mystic and Saint - the first canonised...

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The Locks We Carry

The Locks We Carry

When life seems hard, when going on seems almost impossible – turn to the Mother of God. Ask Her help. And if you cannot even pray – just be close to Her, and know that She is very close to You.  None of us goes through life feeling that everything is wondeful, that...

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Our Sweetness and Our Hope

Our Sweetness and Our Hope

"Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope; to Thee do we cry.." - from the 'Salve Regina' The world awoke today to the sad news that we have reached what is being called 'a grim milestone' - we have now passed one million deaths worldwide from the Coronavirus...

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At His Request

At His Request

"God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to My Immaculate Heart.." - Our Lady at Fatima, 1917 I have often heard Catholics say that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is something they can take or leave - but not something they necessarily need to have. In...

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Heavenly Tenderness

Heavenly Tenderness

"Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has." - St John Paul II, 'Dives In Misericordia'   Icons are said to be 'written' rather than just drawn or painted. This writing of an Icon expresses, in a visual way,...

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St Pio and Fidelity

St Pio and Fidelity

"He was a man of prayer and suffering." - Pope St Paul VIThere is no doubt that Saint Pio of Pietrelcina - popularly called Padre Pio - is one of the great Saints of our era. At the mention of his name, perhaps the first word we associate with him is 'stigmata' - for...

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The Place of Suffering

The Place of Suffering

Beholding the Mother of Sorrows at the foot of the Cross, cradling the dead Body of Her Son, Her suffering was all within Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart; this was Her place of suffering. And it is ours, too, regardless of the cause of our suffering. When we think...

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Every one of us needs to make space - a sacred space - where we can listen to the voice of the Lord. The Blessed Virgin is our example - Her Immaculate Heart is an enclosed garden, reserved for the Lord.   Such noise, such distraction throughout all the world! So many...

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Lost In The Rosary

Lost In The Rosary

"Pray the Rosary every day" - Our Lady of FatimaI have written on many occasions previously about the prayer of the holy Rosary, looking at it from a number of different perspectives. It is the most exquisite of prayers, the one the Mother of God repeatedly asks us to...

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Mary At The Cross

Mary At The Cross

"At the Cross, Her station keepingStood the mournful Mother, weeping.Close to Jesus to the last.." - 'Stabat Mater' It's easier for us to imagine the joys and the glories of the Blessed Virgin Mary, rather than Her immense sorrows. And yet, it was through Her intimate...

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