Mary, teacher of faith

nativity-scene showing Jesus with Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph with the newly born infant, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faith is one of the most important virtues and is always a gift from God. In this meditation we consider that:

  • Our Lady throughout her life teaches us how to live this virtue
  • We need faith both to believe in the truths revealed by God and also to believe that nothing is impossible with God
  • Faith helps us to know that God is with us in the trials of life
  • Faith gives meaning to life

Prayer for the holy souls

Purgatory

Purgatory

In the month of November we pray especially for the souls in purgatory, but we should pray for them always. They are forgotten by many here on earth but we can be their good friends by praying and offering Masses and good works for them. In this meditation we consider:

  • Why some souls go to purgatory
  • How our prayers and suffrages can help them
  • The two principal pains these souls undergo and their great happiness
  • What we can learn from apparitions of two souls in purgatory, one to St Margaret Mary Alacoque and another related in the book Hungry Souls by Gerard van den Aardweg

Brisbane launch of Journey into Truth and Question Time 3

 

 

dvd-front-cover-final-jpegI am happy to invite you to the Brisbane launch of Journey into Truth and Question Time 3  by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Saturday, November 26, at 7 pm at St Kevin’s parish, Geebung. The launch will follow the 6 pm vigil Mass, which I will celebrate.

Journey into Truth is a set of DVDs of instructions in the Catholic faith, with 24 half-hour talks based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A book with the same title contains the full text of the talks. EWTN has asked to include the talks in their programs and St Joseph Communications will distribute the DVDs in the U.S.

Question Time 3 cover

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Question Time 3 is the third volume of questions and answers on the faith published in The Catholic Weekly and other Catholic papers.

I hope you are able to attend and I ask your prayers for the success of the launch.

Sydney Launch of Question Time 3

Question Time 3 cover

Question Time 3 cover

I am happy to invite you to the Sydney launch of my new book Question Time 3, the third volume of questions and answers on the faith published in The Catholic Weekly and other Catholic papers.

Newly ordained Bishop Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, will launch the book at the Mustard Seed Bookshop, 3 Keating St, Lidcombe, on Thursday, November 17 at 7.30 pm.  If you are able to attend please RSVP the Mustard Seed on 9646 9000 and feel free to invite your friends. Supper will follow the launch. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

The power of the Rosary

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Our Lady is our intercessor. And, we can ask her to intercede for us using the rosary.

The rosary is a beautiful prayer, in which we honour Our Lady in the Hail Marys and we meditate on the life of Christ in the mysteries. It is also a powerful prayer, which has brought about many great and small blessings over the centuries. In this meditation we consider how:

  • St Dominic used the rosary to win over the heretics
  • The battle of Lepanto was won with many people praying the rosary
  • The communist regime in Russia collapsed after many rosaries were said in response to Our Lady’s request at Fatima
  • Many people have been converted through the rosary
  • Families who pray the rosary find peace and harmony
  • The rosary is a great comfort to the sick and the dying
  • Those who pray the rosary are helped to grow in love for God and Our Lady

Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted

mary-at-the-cross

Our holy mother, Mary, comforted our Lord at the foot of the cross.

In the Litany of Loreto we call Our Lady “Comforter of the afflicted”. With unspeakable love she comforted Jesus on the Cross at Calvary and she accompanies us in our afflictions. In this meditation we consider how:

  • Because of her freedom from sin Mary was able to love like no other
  • As prophesied by Simeon, Mary was destined to suffer much because she loved much
  • Mary suffered in her heart when Jesus was lost in the temple, at the wedding feast of Cana and especially at Calvary
  • Mary suffered intensely at Calvary, to the point where St Bernard calls her truly a martyr
  • The Sequence of the Mass of Our Lady of Sorrrows records this suffering in a moving way
  • As our mother, Mary loves us and comforts us in our afflictions

 

Take up your cross

Christ carrying the Cross - Titian

Christ carrying the Cross – Titian

With the occasion of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we consider how Christ invites us to take up our own cross and follow him. We cannot be soft and comfort seeking if we want to be Christ’s followers. Rather we must be strong willed  in order to be effective in bringing Christ to others. In this meditation we consider:

  • Christ’s exaltation on taking up his cross
  • His invitation to us follow him
  • The difficulties we face in the world, the flesh and the devil
  • The need to be strong willed and how we can grow in fortitude
  • The example of the Paralympians
  • Thoughts of St Josemaria in his books The Way and Furrow