18th Sunday: A Life Hidden with God

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3: 2-3). ⧾ How have we died? What do these words mean? In his epistle to the Romans St Paul explains: Do you not know...

The Canaanite Woman and the Martyrs

BENEDICT XVI ANGELUS Castel Gandolfo Sunday, 14 August 2005 Dear Brothers and Sisters, On this 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the liturgy presents a rare example of faith to us:  a Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter who was “terribly...

The Heads of Sixtus and Companions

Historians count ten traditional persecutions of Christians in the early Church – up until the Edict of Milan in 313 under Emperor Constantine, who converted to Catholicism; well, sort of, for, knowing he would do any number of dubious deeds in running the...

"I’ll Not Be Working"

Hello from Edinburgh Airport. I am off to the USA for a work retreat, but “I’ll not be working” I said to the inquisitive airport official. You need a visa for that. Nobody expect an investigative phone call from me over the next few days.  Read the...