Fourth Sunday of Advent

The last Sunday of Advent has finally arrived! On this fourth Sunday, the Gospel recounts the story of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and her total openness to God’s Will. Our Lady shows her certainty that only by doing God’s Will can we find true joy and peace. How beautiful is Our Lady’s ‘yes’! […]

Prayer of the month – December

8th December – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Tota pulchra es Maria, et macula originalis non es in te. Tu gloria Ierusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri, tu advocata peccatorum. O Maria! O Maria! Virgo prudentissima, Mater clementissima, ora pro nobis, intercede pro nobis, ad Dominum Iesum […]

First Sunday of Advent

The first Sunday of Advent signals a time of waiting and preparation for the coming of Our Lord Jesus. The Advent wreath helps us to meditate on this ‘waiting’ period before the arrival of Christmas. It is circular to indicate the fact that God is eternal, without beginning or end. It is a crown made […]

Novena to the Immaculate Conception: Tota Pulchra es Maria

Tota pulchra es Maria, et macula originalis non es in te. Tu gloria Ierusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri, tu advocata peccatorum.O Maria! O Maria! Virgo prudentissima, Mater clementissima, ora pro nobis, intercede pro nobis, ad Dominum Iesum Christum. You are all beautiful, Mary, and the stain of original sin is not in […]

The Presentation of Mary in the Temple

The 21st November is the World Day of Cloistered Life —Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”). It was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1953 on the day in which we celebrate the liturgical feast of the presentation of Mary in the Temple. To honour this special day, we visit the Chapel of the […]

Why do we pray for the dead?

This year, 2020, is completely different to other years due to the ongoing pandemic that is gripping the world. It causes us to reflect more frequently on the meaning of death and the fragility of human life. Of course, thinking about the end of our lives can be disconcerting because we do not know how […]

70 Anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption

This year we celebrate the 70° anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption of the ever-Virgin Mary into heaven. Christians have always believed in this truth. In fact, from the first centuries of Christianity, oral accounts about the end of the life of the Virgin were handed down in the Judeo-Christian community. […]

The Handing of the Keys

Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, better known as Pietro Perugino (1450-1523), was an Umbrian painter of the High Renaissance who realised the exceptional fresco entitled ‘The Handing of the Keys to St Peter’ between 1481/2 in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome. The fresco forms part of a series of mural decorations that gave the Sistine […]

You Are Peter

‘Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against […]

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary

The splendid mosaics in the apse of St Mary Major’s Basilica in Rome narrate the life story of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of particular interest is the “Dormitio Mariæ”, the Dormition of Mary, which is found just below the central mosaic. The mosaic depicts the Marian mystery that the Eastern Church refer to as the […]