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Today’s Gospel in Art – Father, the hour has come

Christ being Crucified, Drawing by Craig, 2020 .... © ChristianArt

Gospel of 24th May 2020 – John 17:1-11 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ …

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St David of Scotland

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Saint Of The DayScotland’s greatest king was the sixth and youngest son of St Margaret of Scotland and Malcolm III, born in 1085. He married Matilda daughter of Waldef, the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Northampton and Huntingdon which gave him a claim to the earldom Northumberland.

For many years he waged a long and unsuccessful war against England, but after being crowned king of Scotland in 1124, around the age of 40, he devoted his life to peaceful activities and became known as a kind, just and liberal king.

Historians say he was responsible for making Scotland into a modern nation, by reforming the legal system and public administration and encouraging trade and the foundation of towns. He also encouraged the Scottish church to establish a system of dioceses. Under his rule many monasteries, hospitals and almshouses were founded.

David prayed the Divine Office daily, received Communion each week and gave generous alms to the poor – often in person as his mother had done. He died on this day in 1153 and was buried at Dunfermline. His shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage until the Reformation. One of the patron saints of Scotland, many churches are named after him.


Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbon – 24 May 2020

St Apollenaris Ravenna

We all know that prayer is not simply a matter of words, it is about our inner disposition, willingness to enter into the risky business of connecting with the Holy One, but it’s also about our external demeanour, our physical attitude. Many well-versed adepts of prayer have written and talked about the various ways in which we still our bodies…

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Caritas: Ecological conversion needed before it’s too late

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In a message for Laudato Si’ Week which started on 16 May, the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John said an ecological conversion is needed before it’s too late. “The Covid-19 pandemic has given us clear indications about the vulnerability and fragility of our modern world,” he said.

It’s been five years since the publication of the Pope Francis’ encyclic…

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International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament

Sunday, 24th May is International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. More than 230 women legislators, religious leaders and civil society leaders from more than 40 countries have endorsed an appeal: Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development. The appeal released today by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Women Legislators’ Lobby …

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