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26 02, 2020

Lent at the Oratory – Schedule

2020-02-26T11:52:01+00:00February 26th, 2020|

In addition to the kalendar below, please see our regular Mass & Confession times. FEBRUARY 26 ASH WEDNESDAY. Fast. High Mass, 7.30pm (N.B. no 5.45pm Mass). 28 Fri - Stations of the Cross after 12.30pm and 5.45pm Masses. Soup Lunch in the Lower Cloister Hall, 1pm. MARCH 1 SUNDAY (First of Lent). 6 Fri - Stations of the Cross [...]

25 02, 2020

Fasting From Facts

2020-02-26T08:43:13+00:00February 25th, 2020|

St Philip Neri fasted habitually, not only in Lent. He ate little and drank little. But he also insisted that mortification of the razionale was more important than mortifying the body. Mortifying the razionale obliges us to flee from the futility of speculations such as the following, touted by the late media pundit Stephen Hawking: "In my opinion, there [...]

31 01, 2020

Family Loyalties

2020-01-31T11:14:13+00:00January 31st, 2020|

"Honour thy father and thy mother." In the practice of our religion our blood family has first call on our commitment, but not in an absolute or unqualified way. There is a danger of making a false god out of family life, thinking that the immediate family is all that matters. We can be so self-engrossed in our own natural [...]

22 10, 2019

Salve Fundator, Pater et Magister

2019-10-23T08:20:16+00:00October 22nd, 2019|

Some saints stand alone. We appreciate their heroism without reference to their antecedents. Think of St Teresa of Calcutta. We recall her loving care for the poorest of the poor before we remember that she was Albanian. Or Padre Pio. We remember that he was a mystic and a stigmatist before we think of which branch of the Franciscans [...]

21 10, 2019

The Canonisation of Our Cardinal

2019-10-21T13:47:55+00:00October 21st, 2019|

On Sunday, 13 October 2019, Cardinal Newman was canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter's Square. In addition to the canonisation itself, the occasion was celebrated with a vigil of prayer and celebratory concert at the Papal Basilica of St Mary Major, a Musical Oratory at the Chiesa Nuova and a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Archbasilica of St [...]

17 10, 2019

A Long Discipleship

2019-10-24T11:05:14+00:00October 17th, 2019|

Preached by the Father at the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols at the London Oratory on Thursday, 17 October. Divine providence helped John Henry Newman to follow Saint Philip's Neri's admonition to those who wished to become holy: be humble and stay low. After The Parting of Friends in 1843, Mr Newman was no [...]