Relics of St Cuthbert go on display at Durham Cathedral

Relics of one of Britain’s earliest saints, St Cuthbert, have gone on display in Durham Cathedral. The centrepiece of the permanent exhibition at the cathedral – which was built in his honour – is an oak coffin, made in Lindisfarne in AD 698, 11 years after Cuthbert’s death. Other exhibits include the saint’s pectoral cross – Cuthbert was called back from his hermit’s cell to become a bishop – and his ivory comb. Cuthbert’s body and relics were carried by Lindisfarne’s monks when they fled inland to escape Viking raids.…

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Reading for Tuesday, Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading: (Exodus 33: 7-11; 34: 5b-9, 28) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13) Gospel: (Matthew 13: 36-43)

First Reading: (Exodus 33: 7-11; 34: 5b-9, 28) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13) Gospel: (Matthew 13: 36-43)   First Reading: (Exodus 33: 7-11; 34: 5b-9, 28) Moses also taking the tabernacle, pitched it without the camp afar off, and called the name thereof, The tabernacle of the covenant. And all the people that had any question, went forth to the tabernacle of the covenant, without the camp. And when Moses went forth to the tabernacle, all the people rose up, and every one stood in the door of his…

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TO ASK FOR WISDOM

TO ASK FOR WISDOM… Is it possible not to understand one’s request? Have you ever made a request without knowing exactly what you are asking for? There are certain requests that should not be made unless one understands the implication of the request. There can be no wisdom without knowledge and understanding. What is our knowledge and understanding of wisdom? Writing this reflection and having no clear cut picture of what it’s actual message would be; informs me that “wisdom” comes from above. Wisdom is a perfect attribute of God.…

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FORGETTING GOD

FORGETTING GOD… In the wilderness, the children of Israel exchanged “ELYON” their glory for the image of a bull that eats grass. Moses could not hold back his rage at the harshness of their ingratitude and two tablets of stone experienced the hardness of the ground. Imagine the pain of a mother who has been forgotten by the children she bore and nursed! Tell me the medicine that would easy such a pain if you know? When we fail to forgive those who offend us, we forget God who forgives…

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Priest murdered in Colombia

A Colombian Priest, Fr. Diomer Eliver Chavarría Pérez, was murdered in Raudal parish in the town of Puerto Valdivia on July 27, the day of his 31st birthday. Mgr. Jorge Alberto Ossa Soto, Bishop of the diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in which Father Chavarría Pérez was incardinated, issued a statement invoking the conversion of the assassins and reaffirms the rejection of all forms of violence against the lives and dignity of people. The Bishop also asks the Lord to give consolation to the victim’s family, and thanks the…

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Bishops plead to Virgin Mary to free Venezuela from ‘claws of communism’

The Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference has pleaded for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to free their country from the “claws of communism and socialism”. As the country descends further into political chaos, the bishops posted the prayer to their Twitter account along with an image of Mary and a Venezuelan flag. The prayer reads: “Most Holy Virgin, Mother of Coromoto, heavenly Patron of Venezuela, free our homeland from the claws of communism and socialism.” The tweet was posted as Venezuelans went to the polls the elect members for a “constituent…

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BLESSING FOR THE WEEK AND THE MONTH OF AUGUST.

BLESSING FOR THE WEEK AND THE MONTH OF AUGUST. May God impute no guilt on you, may He forgive your offences and have your sins blotted out. Even if great floods overflow, they will never reach you. God will be your refuge, He will guard you in trouble and sorround you with songs of deliverance. As you fix your gaze on God, your head will never hang in shame. As you call on God’s holy name, may He save you from all your troubles and give you His peace and…

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