Reflections

2 12, 2018

Alma Redemptoris Mater

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00December 2nd, 2018|

All human souls born into this world are images of God. Unfortunately they all arrive partially spoiled – except for one. There is one reflection of Himself into which God has poured all His artistry, and which He has not allowed to be damaged in any way. In the Blessed Virgin Mary, God shows us what Eve was before [...]

1 11, 2018

Waiting for Heaven

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Each November we make a special effort to pray for the faithful departed, those whose names we know and those who are known to God alone. We pray for all departed souls whose salvation is assured but who are still in purgatory, waiting for their purification to be completed so that they may then enter heaven. The Holy Souls [...]

1 09, 2018

A Lady in Tears

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00September 1st, 2018|

Lourdes and Fatima are popular Marian shrines, among many others around the world. The apparition at La Salette on 19th September 1846 is much less well known and less closely followed, even though it received diocesan and then papal approval as being worthy of belief. Two ignorant peasant children, Melanie Calvat (aged 14) and Maximin Giraud (aged 11) were tending their [...]

28 07, 2018

Queen and Mother

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00July 28th, 2018|

Each year at the Birmingham Oratory on the feast of the Assumption we entrust ourselves to our Blessed Lady. O Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Mother of the Oratory, behold us now, your devoted sons, gathered in prayer before your image. Today we once again entrust to you our Congregation, this Oratory, our house, our home. We wish [...]

2 07, 2018

The Precious Blood

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00July 2nd, 2018|

In 1960 Pope John XXIII issued an inspiring Apostolic Letter about devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ (Inde a primis). He reminded us that the Precious Blood was poured out for us “first at his circumcision eight days after birth, and more profusely later on in his agony in the garden, in his scourging and crowning with thorns, in [...]

30 05, 2018

Of the Glorious Body Telling

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00May 30th, 2018|

Corpus Christi is one of the most colourful and joyful feasts of the Catholic year. It is especially dear to us at the Oratory because it was a feast for which our founder St Philip Neri had a particular devotion. On Maundy Thursday at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper the sanctuary bells rang out at Gloria in excelsis Deo. Why? To [...]

12 05, 2018

De Maria Numquam Satis

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00May 12th, 2018|

Many of us who are converts to Catholicism were already in the habit of praying to our blessed Lady long before we became Catholics. Those prayers were undoubtedly a means of grace for us. But then, having entered the one fold of the Redeemer, we came to understand better than before that devotion to the Mother of God is not [...]

31 03, 2018

Corporeal and Glorified

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00March 31st, 2018|

After the resurrection Christ's bodily presence was puzzling, to say the least. The Lord’s risen and glorified body constituted a new type of reality not previously seen or known. The apostles had seen Him die and now He was with them once again, in the body, but strangely different. One major difference was that His glorified body was no longer [...]

17 03, 2018

Hoc Passionis Tempore

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00March 17th, 2018|

Christ’s Precious Blood redeemed all mankind, once and for all; past, present and future. It bought us back from our previous ownership by the Devil. Does that mean that we are all saved? Secundum quid. We are most certainly all redeemed, but that does not mean that we are automatically all saved. We have to lay hold of the redemption won for us by Christ, [...]

13 03, 2018

The Raising of Prince Paolo Massimo

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00March 13th, 2018|

THE RAISING OF PRINCE PAOLO MASSIMO Et resedit, qui erat mortuus, et coepit loqui. And he who was dead sat up and began to speak.   In Rome on 16th March 1583, in the presence of a number of witnesses, Father Philip Neri performed an astonishing miracle. He raised to life a dead boy, the fourteen year old nobleman, Prince [...]