Posted: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:43
St Benedict, one of the patrons of Europe was a man who grew up in material wealth, with a good education, and all the advantages to succeed in the society of his place and time. At some point, around the age of twenty, he looked around at all the excesses all around him and chose an alternative path. He had a vision of what it meant to live in accordance with the Gospel. He did not set out to invent... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:14
As we enjoy the delights that a Western summer can bring us, we can certainly enjoy the long days, some extra heat, and, hopefully, the chance to get a break—if we successfully manoeuvre the queues at airports, our flight might get away, and we can, hopefully, be reunited with our luggage when we reach our destination. After the challenges that the pandemic brought us, just to be on the way to... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:44
As a nation, I think it is fair to say that the life and death of Dame Deborah James has made a deep impact on the national psyche. The former deputy head of Salesian School, Chertsey taught the world a solid lesson in how to live—and die. I feel privileged to have been reared in a strongly Irish culture where death was an accepted fact of life. I will never forget seeing my first calf being... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:54
Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the Salesian Sisters. The Salesian Sisters were initially led by St Mary Mazzarello.
Below is a message from Sr Chiara Cazzuola, the Superior General of the FMA.
Dearest Sisters, dearest young people, collaborators, friends, Salesian Family members, I greet you from Mornese, our home, our center of unity and, as Psalm 87 affirms speaking of Jerusalem,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:02
Over the past few weeks, Br Paulin Meba made his final vows, and Nhan Le renewed his vows.
Br Paulin made his final vows at St Gregory's Church in Bollington, and Br Nhan renewed his vows at St James' Church in Bootle.
Above are some pictures of the events.
Posted: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 13:43
There is no doubt that the England female soccer squad have brought a joy and gladness to the nation after winning the UEFA European Finals before a record-breaking capacity crowd at the iconic Wembley Stadium, and a TV audience of millions. The 'lionesses' of England have brought a hope and prestige back to the English game that really was last seen when the England male squad won the World Cup back... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 08:34
When I was a student, we once did an exercise: you had to imagine that your house is on fire, and you have to get out quickly—what do you take with you? I have repeated the exercise with many people on Retreat days, and the results have not really changed over the years. People tend to 'take' mementos of loved ones: special gifts or trinkets that mean a lot to them. I do remember one Salesian,... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 23 Jul 2022 13:09
In his gospel account of the 'Lord's Prayer', we read that the disciples admired how Jesus was able to focus his mind and energy and spend time in prayer. Through his public ministry, we see Jesus taking time out to pray. They also were aware of the influence of John the Baptist on his disciples, as he encouraged them to enter into prayer—this was real for some of the apostles as they had formally... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 16 Jul 2022 12:00
I once went to give a retreat to a group of wonderful sisters—however the hardworking Mother Superior cautioned me that in that particular convent there were "too many Martha's and not enough Mary's!" She felt that she needed more apostolic action in the convent and less contemplation. The reality is, of course, that we need both in the Christian life—it does not matter if we live in a... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 10:35
In looking for a compelling gospel illustration for his landmark encyclical, 'Sisters and Brothers All', Pope Francis naturally turned to the beautiful parable of the 'Good Samaritan.' It is a tale of involvement—it is possible to sit on the fence in indifference like the priest and Levi, but true faith demands commitment. Like these honourable gentlemen, we can all claim important distractions... Read More »