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Mary – our refuge and help

Mary our refuge and help

The Nativity of Mary is one of the most ancient Marian feasts (8th September). It is thought that this feast originated in connection with the Feast of the dedication of a church dedicated to Mary, now the Church of St Ann, in Jerusalem in the 6th century. Tradition holds that this is where the house of Mary’s parents, Joachim and ...

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The Apostle Mary Magdalene

The Apostle Mary Magdalene

Today (22 July) we celebrate the Apostle Mary Magdalene.  She was a  follower of Christ, who travelled with him and the Twelve during his earthly ministry, together with several other women who supported them. “While [Mary Magdalene] has often been sentimentalized or sexualized, there has not until recently been the slightest threat of her being divinized, and her intact humanness ...

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Prayer to Mary

Prayer to Mary

The Angel of the Lord announced that you would love And creation was overjoyed And smiled in the walnut trees and danced in the flowers. And you, Mary, simple woman, woman of the people You said “yes” to the novelty of the Kingdom And the whole earth became pregnant with verses And dreamed of justice and distilled delicacies. “Behold the ...

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Witnessing to the resurrection

Witnessing to the resurrection

In each of the Gospels, as we read of the Resurrection of Jesus, there is a common thread – the first witnesses to the reality of the empty tomb were women (or solely Mary Magdalene, in John’s account).  Luke tells us there were a number of women at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene, Joanne and Mary the mother of James. ...

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Called to change direction …

Called to change direction

Today, we reach day eight, the final day of prayer in our ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.  Praying together to understand better through  the light of the Spirit how we can witness and live fully to fulfil that prayer of Jesus to the Father: ” … that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and ...

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Seeking God …

Seeking God

The Feast of the Epiphany (the 6th January – 12 days after Christmas Day) is both the end of Christmas and the beginning of our journey towards the Feast of the Presentation (or Candlemas), on February 2nd. The magi are metaphors for the journey of faith of everyone seeking to find and follow God, expressed through life around us and ...

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The root of all goodness

rooted - waiting on the word

This sonnet by Malcolm Guite calls on Christ as the root, drawing on the image of the ‘tree of Jesse’,  the family tree which leads to David, and ultimately to Christ as the ‘son of David.  However, Malcolm writing about the source of inspiration for this poem explains , that for him  the title ‘radix, goes deeper, as a good ...

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Joseph – master of the essential

Joseph master of the essential

At the conclusion of the Angelus on December 8, 2021, Pope Francis concluded the Jubilee Year dedicated to Saint Joseph. St. Joseph and his wife the Virgin Mary, the pontiff stressed, are “guides on the path of holiness.” He thanked all those who have brought to life these years of celebrations dedicated to Joseph and Mary—the Holy Family—in 2021. The ...

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Called to say “Yes”!

saying our Yes

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reflection Today on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple we celebrate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in communion with thousands of Presentation People and Friends of Nano around the world. This feast day story is not found in the Bible, but it helps us imagine ...

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Our Presentation Day Novena

Presentation Day

The Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple takes place on Sunday, 21st November 2021.  This is a Feast that is celebrated with great joy throughout the world, wherever there are Presentation people. The content of this year’s novena has been prepared by Sisters from the Conference of Presentation Sisters* who have put together these inspiring reflections.  Together ...

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