Posted: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:06
After the rest and excitement of Christmas and the New Year, today we return to the beautifully termed 'ordinary time'! However, as this past month has shown us, the birth of the Messiah changes everything—the reality is that, for Christians, nothing can be termed as 'ordinary' again. The mystic, John O'Donohue writes about finding God in the everyday: 'the Eucharist of the ordinary' is something... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 14:42
There are two big news stories, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, that have caught my attention recently—me and millions of others I suspect. Over one year on, the citizens of the USA are still coming to terms with a violent attack on their Capitol Building. A good democracy is rooted in the notion of free and fair elections, where everyone who is eligible has a vote that is counted. For... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:00
(ANS - Rome) - After the official preview presentation to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians last December 27, and after the interview the following day in which the Rector Major illustrated the message of the Strenna for 2022, on the theme, "Do all through love, nothing through constraint," the video of the Strenna is finally being officially released and accessible to all.
The video, lasting... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 08:49
The Holy Father gave his usual interview to journalists on his Aegean Airlines flight home to Rome, after another successful pastoral visit to Cyprus and Greece. As always, the questions ranged far and wide, but one centred on a recent directive from the European Union. Before faithful readers of the 'Daily Express' have mass apoplexy, no, it has nothing to do with the shape of bananas! Rather our... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 02:51
To the Salesian Family of the British Province.
Wishing you all a very happy and holy Christmas.
May the Christ-child be close to you all.
We pray that our Christmas will be a fitting ending to this year,
and a great beginning to the new one.
Posted: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 00:37
Tonight, we gather to begin our Christmas season, as we remember the actual birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The danger is, if we are not careful, that Christmas began in November as we have been told again and again that we must make this Christmas the one 'to savour' according to the supermarket, Sainsbury's. We have come here tonight to honour Jesus Christ as our real saviour. Tesco tells us that, after... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 03:59
As we approach the great feast of Christmas, it is good to remember traditions from other cultures, especially in these difficult times. We are blessed to live in a nation of so many nationalities and they remind us that our faith is not a case of 'one size fits all'; there is variety and an openness that we need to share.
In the Philippines and in Filipino communities across the world, people will... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 01:43
I have a dear friend who I always see as a 'rainbow of hope'; she is able to bring light, colour and energy with her whirlwind life, as you try to keep up. She can carry you forward and bring needed hope, especially in these dark and sad times. The rainbow comes after the storms and will bring light once more in the most colourful of ways, lighting the sky with beauty.
In the popular film, 'The Wizard... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 18:12
We are presented today with the aftermath of the Annunciation in Luke's gospel. Like John the Baptist, Mary chooses not to bask in the limelight of being God's chosen. She does not spend time with Joseph picking out crib designs or knitting blue boots for the impending arrival. On hearing that Elizabeth is in need of support, 'Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea' (Lk... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 13:12
(ANS - Rome) - With the consent of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has decided to confirm Fr James Briody as Provincial Superior of the "St Thomas of Canterbury" Province of Great Britain (GBR) for the 2022-2028 term.
Fr James Briody was born in Motherwell, in the county of Lanarkshire, on 7 May 1964. He entered the Salesian novitiate in Dublin on 7 September... Read More »