A Reminder of the Power of Music

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From time to time I come across a recording of a song, hymn or other piece of music, that reminds me just how powerful good music can be. Good music – and that is a definition that is as much personal appreciation as ‘scientific’ assessment – has the ability, the power, to reach inside one’s […]

The Fruit of War is Death

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On the 2nd November, the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), Pope Francis visited and prayed at the Ardeatine Caves, the sight of the massacre of Italian political prisoners and civilians, including Jewish civilians, on 24th March 1944 perpetrated by German occupation forces as a means of reprisal for attacks on […]

Transforming The World

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The Prayers of the Faithful represent a vision of the Christian in the world that should not be forgotten by the Mass-goer. We don’t leave behind our material and historical realities when we got to Mass. We don’t got to Mass to escape from the sorrows of the word, as if Church is a safe […]

The Unfolding Yet Hidden Glory of God

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The first two lines of the¬†Gloria are in fact essential to understanding what takes place at Mass. In this small parish church, where the lives of men and women unfold over the years, the Word still becomes flesh. God’s glory appears in the reading of Scripture, in the body of Christ assembled, in the priest’s […]