16 May – Feast of St. Gemma Galgani

16 May, 2018



My Jesus, I place all my sins before you. In my estimation they do not deserve pardon, but I ask you …. To close your eyes to my want of merit and to open them to your infinite merit. Since you willed to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness of all of them. Thus, I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, a burden that oppresses me beyond measure. Assist me, Jesus, for I desire to become good no matter what the cost. Take away, destroy, and utterly root out whatever you find in me that is contrary to your will. At the same time, dear Jesus, illumine me so that I may walk in your holy light. – St. Gemma Galgani

[taken from A Short Life of St. Gemma Galgani, Fr. Gerard Mahony, C.P., March 2006]


Easter 2018

31 March, 2018


May the light of the Risen Christ illuminate our eyes, and we shall recognise in the most humble the traits of the paschal Lamb, Jesus Christ. (From the Prayer of Days of Bose)


Christ yesterday and today, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. All time belongs to him and all the ages. To him be glory and power through every age and for ever Amen. (Roman Missal)


By his holy and glorious wounds, may Christ the Lord guard us and protect us. Amen. (Roman Missal)


May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds. (Roman Missal)


2018 Chrism Mass

28 March, 2018


God of holiness, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Aaron and his sons were anointed priests, serving your altar, proclaiming your word, sharing your blessing.

God of community, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Saul, David and Solomon were anointed kings, leading your people and taking responsibility for public good.

God of justice, we give you thanks for the chrism with which the prophets were anointed your servants, bringing the good news to the oppressed and proclaiming liberty to captives.

God of freedom and joy, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Judith was anointed leader of her people, bringing them freedom and joy.

God of liberation, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Esther was anointed queen bringing liberation, prayer and celebration.

God of love and faithfulness, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Ruth was anointed, becoming loyal companion and foremother of David and Jesus.

God of affirmation and vindication, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Susanna was anointed to be faithful and upright, innocent and steadfast.

God of love and courage, we give you thanks for the chrism with which Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus, to express her affection and friendship and prepare his body for burial.

God of love, we give you thanks of the chrism which the women took to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, whom they found to be alive and who commissioned them to proclaim the good news.

Now bless this oil that you have created and fill it with the power of the Holy Spirit. Make this mixture of oil and perfume a sign and source of your blessing for those who are to be born again in the waters of baptism and for those to be ordained in your service. Transform them into the likeness of Christ your Beloved.

We pray in praise of your graciousness, in union with Jesus Christ who is Risen, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Holy Week 2018

26 March, 2018


Pope Francis and the Wounds of Christ

24 March, 2018


Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well.

He has offered meditations on Jesus’ pierced hands, feet and side throughout his pontificate, but since January, his references in impromptu speeches and homilies have been so frequent that it seems to be a major focus of his own prayer life.

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