Speak Lord: enliven us

Living Eucharist


Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’

He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been…

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Taste and See: Listen and Live

Living Eucharist

O God, who have commanded us
to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for 2nd Sunday of Lent

Our listening to the Lord frees us from the bonds and limitations of the past, and helps us to a clarity for the living of life here and now, as we journey to God and the Kingdom.

  • What have you become more free from as a result of listening to the Lord helped you become more free from?
  • What do you next intend to do in consequence of listening to the Lord?

Image: Stained glass, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, Paris . (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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Novena of Prayer for the Canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi

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The annual Diocesan Novena of Prayer for the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi begins on Wednesday March 20 and concludes on Friday March 29.

O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic
to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal
and made him a powerful minister of your mercy,
listen to our humble request.

We pray that you will, in your goodness,
grant a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Dominic,
so that the Church may further honour him on earth
and that many more people will come
to know and to invoke the help of this faithful servant of the Church.

This we ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Mother of Holy Hope: pray for us.

Blessed Dominic Barberi: pray for us.

Blessed John Henry Newman: pray for us.

Taste and See: ‘All’ for us…

Living Eucharist

The Lord is my light and my help.

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face.’

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face.
Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

Responsorial Psalm for 2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalm 26(27):1,7-9,13-14

The Lord is pro nobis, ‘for us’.

There cannot really be any more important thing for us to know.

Of course we do well to grapple also with the who and what of God, with…

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Taste and See: As it was, is now, and ever shall be…

Living Eucharist

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.

Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples…

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Speak Lord: Hurt for our healing

Living Eucharist

Taking Abram outside, the Lord said, ‘Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can.’ ‘Such will be your descendants,’ he told him. Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified.

‘I am the Lord’ he said to him ‘who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldaeans to make you heir to this land.’ ‘My Lord,’ Abram replied ‘how am I to know that I shall inherit it?’ He said to him, ‘Get me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon.’ He brought him all these, cut them in half and put half on one side and half facing it on the other; but the birds he did not cut in half. Birds of prey came down on the carcasses but Abram drove them off.

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Please pray for the victims and their families – and for peace, and for sense.

“Deeply saddened” by such “senseless acts of violence,” Pope Francis has assured all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of the shootings on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in two mosques, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and their loved ones in a telegram today from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who sent the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.“Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation,” the telegram noted, “His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.”“Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God,” it concluded, “Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.”

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s message:

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.  Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.  Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.

Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

Text taken from https://zenit.org

Speak Lord: Friend and saviour

Living Eucharist

The Lord is my light and my help.

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face.’

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face.
Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

Responsorial Psalm for 2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalm 26(27):1,7-9,13-14

To know our troubles, and also to know we are not alone in facing them, is one of the privileges of the life of faith.

Our faith helps us to know, even to begin to understand…

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