Reflections

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 [...]

10 03, 2018

Rejoice! Passiontide is Coming

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

In the gospel for Laetare Sunday the feeding of the five thousand gives us good reason to rejoice, even as Passiontide approaches. Next Sunday is Passion Sunday, the start of the most intense period of the Church’s year. We should now take stock of our Lenten efforts so far, and if necessary renew our resolutions, in preparation for Passiontide and [...]

13 02, 2018

Libera Nos Domine

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

We should not be surprized that the Church’s Lenten call to penance and self-denial seems so out of step with the aspirations of the secular world. How could it be otherwise? The kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of Christ are not co-extensive. They have vastly different territories, different values, different laws. In Lent we follow Christ into the [...]

27 01, 2018

Septuagesima

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00January 27th, 2018|

Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima are the three Sundays and weeks which the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite wisely gives us in preparation for Lent. The afterglow of Epiphany is replaced by the austerity of Septuagesima and the three weeks which follow. The liturgical colour is violet. The Gloria is not sung or said. Alleluia is omitted. This is to [...]

5 01, 2018

Adoraverunt Eum

2019-10-16T14:00:19+00:00January 5th, 2018|

The Magi exemplify the merciful work of the Holy Spirit. Among countless other mercies, He can and does lead pagans, atheists, agnostics, and others, to find Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is intrinsic to our faith in Jesus of Nazareth that we want Him to be known, loved, and followed, by the whole of mankind. Conversion is God’s [...]