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March 21 – Monday of Holy Week

Today’s Gospel “Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil,” (John 12:3 ). Daily Lent Reflection This gesture can seem wasteful – extravagant and over the top. And yet, this gesture […]

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March 20 – Palm Sunday

Today’s Scripture “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself,” (Phil 2:6-7 ). Daily Lent Reflection Today we are entering the mystery of Christ’s humility. We start on a triumphant note, but quickly move to a terrible death on a cross, freely accepted! If […]

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March 19 – Fifth Saturday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “’Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home,’” (Matthew 1:20). Daily Lent Reflection St Joseph is one of the great examples of a person of faith. Matthew’s Gospel describes him as a man of honour, and he is faced with what is humanly a very difficult […]

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Pope Francis launches own Instagram account

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday officially launches his own account on the Instagram photo-sharing social network site, under the name “Franciscus.” Founded in 2010, Instagram has around 400 million users worldwide and shares photos and videos with a community of followers. The opening of the Pope’s Instagram account will increase his strong presence on […]

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March 18 – Fifth Friday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “LORD of hosts, you test the just, you see mind and heart, Let me see the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause,” (Jeremiah 20:12). Daily Lent Reflection For Jeremiah, God is the one who knows us intimately, who sees into our hearts and our souls and from whom nothing can be […]

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March 17 – Fifth Thursday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “They left everything and followed him,” (Luke 5:11). Daily Lent Reflection It is hard to imagine the incredible impression Jesus must have made on the disciples to make them leave everything and follow him. However, are we not called to do the same? What do we need to leave in order to follow him? […]

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March 16 – Fifth Wednesday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “’If you make my Word your home, you will indeed be my disciples; you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free,’” (John 8:31, NJB). Daily Lent Reflection Home is a wonderful place where we are welcomed for what we are and, whatever failings we may have, we can always go […]

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March 15 – Fifth Tuesday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “’The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him,’” (John 8:29). Daily Lent Reflection Jesus speaks here with a certainty about the teachings of his Father. He is met with misunderstanding initially and these few lines are his response to […]

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March 14 – Fifth Monday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,” (Psalm 23:4). Daily Lent Reflection Light and darkness are powerful images that occur often in the Bible, and are present in each human life. Darkness is often associated with evil, with fear, with death, […]

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March 13 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel “‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more,” (John 8:11). Daily Lent Reflection The story of the adulteress condemned to death by stoning reveals God’s mercy towards sinners. Those that had condemned her were unable to carry out the punishment once Jesus had said ‘if there […]

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March 12 – Fourth Saturday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “For to you I have entrusted my cause!” (Jeremiah 18:20). Daily Lent Reflection Jeremiah initially did not believe himself to be worthy to be a messenger for God. But God knew differently and here Jeremiah puts all his trust in the Lord; in this reading he says he “was like a trustful lamb being […]

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March 11 – Fourth Friday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “For their wickedness blinded them, And they did not know the hidden counsels of God, (Wisdom 2:21-22).” Daily Lent Reflection This reading from the book of Wisdom talks of the misguided reasoning of the godless. It describes a judgemental way of viewing God-fearing people. Perhaps we could try to read this today with a degree of […]

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