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Good Shepherd Sunday A few weeks ago we referred to the parable of the Good Shepherd to consider how astounding it is that the Lord would die for us. We also noted that some of the Jews thought He was mad. That a man…

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Low Sunday This Sunday in albis deponendis, meaning the day on which the neophytes deposed their white garments, is rich with many mysteries: the octave of Easter and therefore the omnipresence of the resurrection theme, the conferral of the power to forgive sins as…

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Easter Thursday, First Mass of Fr Bede Mary Dear Father Bede, Dear Reverend Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are still recovering, as it were, from the stunning event that took place yesterday in Sandy Bay, our eyes squinting as it were…

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This month’s triduum takes place during the Easter Octave, an occasion on which we rejoice in the glory of our Risen Saviour. This is not a week for mourning and penance but for rejoicing with the universal Church. It is an opportunity, as we…

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Easter Sunday Like the disciples of Emmaus, we often find ourselves thinking: if only it hadn’t happened that way, it would have all been so glorious. It doesn’t occur to us till much later, and it often takes the help of one more enlightened…

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Paschal Vigil On this holy night, the most ancient and the mother of all the Church’s vigils we have been given an abundance of sacred texts to ponder and contemplate. We have also been provided with numerous symbols, in particular light, water and oil,…

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Good Friday The passion of our Blessed Saviour leaves no one indifferent. The divine catastrophe inspires any number of sentiments, among which sorrow, compassion and shame are the foremost. We feel sorrow for the shear sight of the spectacle. An innocent man put through…

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Maundy Thursday This evening in communion with the Church around the world we enter into what we call the Sacred Paschal Triduum. We commemorate on this night the Last Supper, in which our blessed Lord left us the living memorial of His passion, death…

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Palm Sunday The Christian life is of its very nature drawn in two directions that are easily opposed. The one is austere, based on the necessity we find ourselves in of imitating Our Lord, of carrying our cross behind Him to Calvary. The other…