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Weekly Sunday homilies by Father Marcus Holden and Father Andrew Pinsent, Catholic priests from Evangelium. Music by Edwin Fawcett. For much more, visit Totus2us.com - dedicated to Our Lady, it is inspired by our holy fathers St John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's apostolic motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.



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Fr Marcus: "The coming of Christ casts a different light upon this duty of fraternal correction. It doesn't take it away but it reframes it. .. Everything must be done through love and for love. We don't correct others from duty but because we care. The judgement in the end will be about how we have loved. Remember that wonderful saying of St John of the Cross: 'It will soon be night and we will be questioned about love.' If we don't have this love then fraternal correction is meaningless....
Fr Andrew: "In today’s Gospel we have one of the most famous, perhaps the most famous, of all the accounts of the resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ. Thomas does not believe the resurrection and he sets a test for believing that Jesus has risen, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A few days later, Jesus himself appears and invites Thomas to conduct his test, to which Thomas...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "So it is Jesus who has made Baptism effective and life-giving for us, and by submitting to Baptism, He leads the way for us to follows. He teaches us the humility to make use of the Sacraments in the way they have been given to us. He teaches us that Baptism washes away sin, opens heaven and enables us to know and to love the Most Holy Trinity. Let us thank the Lord for opening the way to our salvation through Baptism. May Baptism bear its proper fruit in all of us, so that one...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "So why does God give us the Eucharist as a sacrifice as well as a sacrament? One way of answering this question is to recall that God ultimately wants us to bring us to heaven, where, as St John tells us, “We shall be like Him.” Now the attribute that we most naturally associate with God is power, but the attribute that is most central to God's knowledge of Himself is love. “God is love,” as St John tells us. So becoming 'like God' does not simply mean sharing in the...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "The Christian Catholic faith does shed a new light on that created reality, like a bright torch. We come to realise that the family is a natural icon for God. Through Jesus, we have come to know that God is not just a singular person but a communion of persons and that the eternal Father and his Word have so much love between them that this constitutes a third eternal person, the Spirit or Wisdom. This is the Trinity. As we celebrate Trinity Sunday also today it is time to...
Fr Andrew: "While the human mind can range over space and time, the present human body is bound to an essentially two-dimensional existence. What the Ascension of Jesus shows us, first, is that the Resurrected human body does not suffer from this limitation: the Resurrected body can go wherever the beatified soul desires. Indeed, a distant echo of this yearning can be seen in the way that the superheroes of popular culture, in particular the superman, a distant derivative of the work of...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "All the messages of the readings today are about love. There's an ancient story about St John the Apostle who, throughout his writings, had only one theme: the love of God and the love of neighbour. Someone once asked him, 'Why do you not write about other things' and his response was 'There is only love, there is nothing more.' You see, love is at the centre of everything, like the hub at the centre of the wheel; the spokes are like the doctrines, the commandments, the good...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” These words show how a reference to ‘grace’ begins the Mass, after the invocation of the Trinity. A reference to grace appears also in the Hail Mary, in which Mary is described as being ‘full of grace’ and Catholics of an older generation may be familiar with the phrase ‘state of grace’. The principle of grace underpins today’s Readings and the idea of...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "There’s no cheap grace in this world, there’s no easy Christianity, no pain – no gain, no cross – no crown, no mortification – no sanctification, no-sacrifice – no resurrection. There is indeed joy and it is a deeper joy than anything else in this world can give, there is glory greatly than all the kingdoms of the world, there is love more profound than any human relationship, there is life and without end – but it all comes through the cross, through trustful and...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "The reason why treating our relationship to God as a contract is so abhorrent is that what God wants is for us to enjoy a relationship with him that is second-personal, not third-personal, of an 'I' to 'Thou', not an individual to a remote benefactor. In other words, God wants us to love with him what he loves, and sacrifice with him what he sacrifices, as happens at every Mass. In today's First Reading, this relationship is spoken of as a covenant not a contract, a union of...
Fr Andrew: "My own answer to the question of why so few Christians experience the Holy Spirit is this: the Holy Spirit is experienced mainly in divinely inspired action, but very few Christians are willing to surrender to such action, a surrender that is associated with genuine love of God, with sacrifice and the renunciation of the deceptive love of evil. Many of us, to a greater of lesser extent, are like the people that Jesus first encounters in the Gospels. We want God to help us and...
Sunday Evangelium
Feb 12, 2012 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "An extreme version of this fear of illness and suffering seems to be much of the inspiration for the increase in suicides today and the drive to promote the practice of euthanasia, the killing of those deemed unfit to live. Many saints, by contrast, have made a special point of overcoming their natural repulsion or fear for some of the worst diseases, especially leprosy. They've looked beyond the disease to see the person suffering as a beloved child of God. For St Francis of...
Sunday Evangelium
Feb 5, 2012 Totus2us.com
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Fr Marcus: "Our task therefore is to awaken our age out of its apathy and indifference to consider that life may be worth living, that there may be some meaning to our being born into this colourful world, that there might be something a little more profound about those whom we love than a random mutation of chemicals, that death may be questioned and need not be seen as the end. This is the way of Job. There is perhaps more to people than the next pleasure, the next honour, the next...
Fr Andrew: "Regardless of the success or otherwise of all impersonal substitutes for God, a deeper problem remains. We are ourselves personal beings, and so it is unsatisfactory to propose that whatever created the cosmos is sub-personal. More specifically there is a natural desire not only to know that there is a God, but to know God, to be able to relate to God in a first to second person way, as an 'I' to a 'you'. On this point therefore the denial of a personal God therefore creates...
Sunday Evangelium
Jan 22, 2012 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "Many Christians however still live with divided hearts, adding some practices of the City of God to lives that are still shaped to some degree by the City of Man. As a result many Christians are less effective and fruitful in this world than they should be. The step which most Christians find difficult is to surrender all things to God as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ, and to surrender things to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This surrender may or may not involve a...
Sunday Evangelium
Jan 15, 2012 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "In preparation for the Year of Faith beginning on 11th October 2012, I would like to devote some homilies this year to a systematic exploration of the faith, beginning with the Creed. As we have just celebrated Christmas, it is also appropriate to focus on the central section of the Creed, devoted to Jesus Christ. The words of the Creed are of course familiar to all of us who attend Sunday Mass but that very familiarity means it is tempting perhaps to recite the words without...
Sunday Evangelium
Jan 6, 2012 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "Today we celebrate the first disclosure of the Son of God to the gentiles, to the non-Jewish people, to Magi or Wise Men from beyond the borders of ancient Israel. These men probably came from Persia, the area today known as Iran. .. But we know little about these men except that they must have had remarkable humility. In their search for truth, they were prepared to go wherever they were guided by the star. They left their country and travelled first to Jerusalem and finally...
Sunday Evangelium
Dec 25, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "I invite you to picture in your minds eye the image of the stable, with representatives of every aspect of God's creation gathering around the manger: the child's mother Mary, her husband Joseph, the shepherds who have come in from the fields, the Wise Men shortly to arrive from the East, the ox and the ass who know their Master's crib and the star in the sky. They have come to Bethlehem not simply to revere the birth of a great man, some future prophet or world leader, they...
Sunday Evangelium
Dec 25, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Marcus: "We're made for the lights of eternity, we're made for God. God became man, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. He became one with our humanity, not with an animal, a plant or even a planet. He became one with us and it tells us about ourselves that we're made for him and our hearts will be restless until they rest in him. Lets allow him on this night to subvert us! To enter clandestinely as a warrior into our soul, to...
Sunday Evangelium
Dec 18, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "Yet throughout all these centuries of tribulation, the promise of God in the first reading remained, namely that God Himself would make a house in which to dwell, and that the sovereignty of David's line and throne would be established forever. And this is the background against which the events of Christmas are highlighted, like a light set in the darkness, like a mystery at last revealed, in the light of which the whole history of the Old Testament is seen as a foreshadowing...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "There's one thing that can separate us from the joy that has been offered - one thing and one thing only. We often think it’s a situation that takes it away or a person or some suffering or something we don't have, but none of those things really matter, in fact they can be turned to benefits. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in that regard: there's one thing and it's personal sin. The Holy Father said recently that the only evil in the Church is sin; all the...
Sunday Evangelium
Nov 27, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Marcus: "We get to Christmas and when we've eaten all the food and opened all the presents and all the guests have gone home, we could easily say 'What was the point of all that?' As Shakespeare has written: 'Life is but a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. Tis a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.' Without Christ, without eternal life, without heaven, everything can seem as nothing and would be as nothing....
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "A first lesson from this parable is that it is not only what we believe but also what we do that matters for our salvation. Now there has been some confusion over this point for the last 5 centuries, partly because of the teachings of Martin Luther, who started the Protestant movement. In his new doctrine, Luther claims that we are saved by our faith alone, regardless of our deeds, whether good or evil. Luther also accused the Catholic Church of teaching that we can merit our...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "In the end, it is a matter of free will. If free will did not exist, hell would not exist. If free will did not exist, there would not be a heaven of those who choose to love God and serve Him and follow Him. Hell is the flip side of that coin of right choice. Love demands that we are free, but it also demands that we can choose the opposite. I remember the story of Padre Pio, one of the great saints of the 20th century, when a man came to him for confession and said 'I don't...
Sunday Evangelium
Nov 13, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "What does it mean to be productive with the Lord's wealth? How do we avoid the fate of the wicked and lazy servant and indeed how do we store up spiritual treasure in heaven? All saints are saved and perfectly happy but some have been made capable of even greater happiness than others. In a society accustomed to high levels of material production, it might appear that we have to have productive spiritual lives as well, perhaps generating a certain number of prayers or good...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "Death, while remaining momentous and awefilled, is also a grand entrance into the great eternal wedding feast to the nuptials with God, for whom we're made. We're not here to live with a depressive knowledge and acceptance of impending doom. No, 'for me to live is Christ and death is gain'. If only we had the faith to see this and to hold it as a reality, then everything would change for us. Wisdom in this area is like walking a tightrope, between that paralysing fear and glib...
Sunday Evangelium
Nov 6, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids .. St Augustine says that this is a difficult parable to understand but he offers an interpretation in his 43rd sermon on the New Testament Readings; it is essentially his interpretation that I offer you today.... in In summary, this parable is a warning that is directed particularly to Christians about some of the more subtle temptations of the Christian life. It is not enough to abstain from evil, to follow Christ and have good...
Fr Marcus: "One of the great minds of the 19th century, Blessed John Henry Newman, converted to Catholicism precisely because of its teaching authority. For Newman it became a straight choice between Catholicism or no revelation from God at all; there was no middle ground for him. Christianity would not be credible if God had not given clarity and direction, a living voice of teaching authority, a guaranteed and reliable continuation of Jesus's teaching on earth. If this faith, this...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Against this background, what is so unique about Christianity, also prefigured in Judaism, can perhaps be seen more clearly. St John proclaims that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. God, in other words, loved us first while we were yet sinners. Notice also the characteristics of the love God has for us. In today's first reading, God does not think of the evil done to strangers, to widows and...
Sunday Evangelium
Oct 16, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "Jesus's answer does not imply that the things of Caesar and the things of God are two separate worlds, as if Christians should remain totally detached from politics. On the contrary, when Caesar (whoever he is) acts unjustly towards his people and interferes with the work of salvation, then Christians have a right and a duty to protest. In the late 4th century, for example, St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, wrote a respectful but forceful letter to the Emperor Theodosius, after the...
Sunday Evangelium
Oct 9, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Marcus: "What is curious about our Gospel today and what baffles me when I look around the world is that people are not interested in receiving the 'golden ticket'. You can't even give it away! People aren't even bothered enough to investigate whether it's real or counterfeit. This is the inscrutable mystery of human apathy. Our Gospel highlights it today: people simply won't come to the marriage feast. The other curious insight in our Gospel is connected with the man who is without his...
Sunday Evangelium
Oct 2, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "The clearest interpretation of the parable of the vineyard in today's Gospel is provided in today's first reading and responsorial psalm. The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel. In other words, the narrative of a landowner preparing a vineyard and leasing it to tenants can be interpreted as God forming the People of Israel and blessing them with extraordinary gifts. The vine representing the prefigurements of Christ himself." Music by Edwin Fawcett. Visit...
Sunday Evangelium
Sep 25, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Marcus: "Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has been in Germany and one of the important things he did there was to meet with the Lutheran community. Germany is divided almost 50-50 between Catholics and Lutherans. This unfortunate divide in Christianity in Germany stems from the Augustinian friar Martin Luther who, at the beginning of the 16th century, rebelled against the Catholic Church and began a new Protestant religion. Luther is a major figure in the history of the world, in the...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Why then in today's parable of the vineyard did those who had laboured all day, presumably doing more good work than the others, receive the same reward as those who arrive right at the end of the day. I suggest that the key to understanding this problem lies in what is really meant by the 'Lord's work'. What, after all, is the real work of God to which we are called? A moment's thought shows that the value of our work for God cannot be measured by productive output for as long...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Today's readings are an important reminder to us that fraternal correction is an obligation of the Christian life, one of the spiritual works of mercy. When Jesus says 'Do not judge' he cannot be saying 'Do not judge actions' because in the Gospel Jesus also says 'If your brother sins against you.' Now to judge that someone has sinned against us means we have to be able to judge that an action is sinful. Furthermore when Jesus says do not judge, he cannot be saying 'Never...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "There is a great difference between manufacturing and cultivation. Our civilization has produced much remarkable technology, such as space craft and the internet, but there are many things that we simply cannot do. We can build a spacecraft but cannot build an apple tree or an ear of corn, we can only grow these things. In his use of agricultural images, Jesus is therefore telling us something important about holiness. We cannot manufacture holiness, there is no magic formula...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "When Jesus spoke these words he knew of the reactions of different people to his message. He knows our reactions – what kind of soil we are for his words. What kind of soil do I present to the seed of the Word of God? Does the seed really take root in me? Jesus gives us an explanation to this parable – it is quite unique in this way – he speaks of three dangers to the precious seed of the Word and its development in our souls." Music by Edwin Fawcett. Visit...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "Humility is truth. St Teresa of Avila tells us this. Humility acknowledges that the source of all our gifts and achievements is God and His grace. Humility doesn't gloat over those achievements, it doesn't show off, it doesn't enjoy any superiority from the gifts given by God. and it doesn't despise the weakness of others. Humility leads us to offer those gifts for the sake of the other. That's the kind of humility that Our Lord shows us: "Though His state was divine he...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Today we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, a feast still known by its Latin name of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. This is the day in the liturgical year when we celebrate the most extraordinary gift that God has given to us: God in His love and mercy gives us Himself, under the appearances of bread and wine." Visit Evangelium.co.uk for more about the Evangelium project and Totus2us.com for more great podcasts. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was the motto of Blessed...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "After years of studying what Aquinas wrote about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I have concluded tentatively that the best way of thinking about what they do is that they help to remove a condition that we are all born with, namely our spiritual autism. It is only by these gifts of grace that we can enjoy a supernatural life in which we are moved by God, as by a second person, and we can come to know and love the Persons of God. Perhaps this is why Trinity comes after the...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "This feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, it's our birthday. We often think of the Holy Spirit as a personal gift to the individual Christian but more fundamentally the Holy Spirit is first of all a gift to the whole Church and then secondly to all of its members. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church is like a body without life in it, without breath. Just as the principle of life in a human body, the soul helps it to grow and develop organically, to expand and yet...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "The Ascension helps to teach us about our true and final home, but Scripture also suggests that it brings us spiritual benefits as well. We do not fully understand these benefits but we are told that Christ has entered the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest. Christ has appeared before God on our behalf, bringing His own blood as a living sacrifice that takes away our sins. When, during the Mass, Jesus Christ is present on the altar as our sacrifice, we also participate in an...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "My own suggestion of an answer to the question of why so few Christians experience the Holy Spirit is the following: the Holy Spirit is experienced mainly in divinely inspired action but very few Christians are willing to surrender to divinely inspired action. On the contrary we want to remain in complete control of our lives, not loving with God the things that God loves. Many of us, to a greater or lesser extent, are like the people that Jesus first encounters in the Gospels....
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the most popular work of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings, said that his whole conception of beauty, both in simplicity and in majesty, were inspired by Mary. So our devotion to Mary is not a side-show, a nostalgic piety or something interesting for those who like history. It's right at the heart of our spiritual warfare. Mary stands for the truth about humanity. She reminds us, through her son, that we are made in the image of God and called to...
Fr Andrew: "When Jesus says in today's Gospel "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" the word he uses is not life in the usual sense. The word he uses is reserved in the Gospel for the life of grace, the life of the Holy Trinity and this life is why Jesus is unique. God in the pagan world and indeed in many religions today was perceived as remote and inscrutable, at best a source of benefits but unknowable in himself. The message of the Gospel is that God...
Fr Andrew: "In today's Gospel two disciples spend some hours speaking with Jesus but they only recognise him when he breaks the blessed bread at table and hands it to them. In that moment of recognition, Jesus is obviously underlining the link between the eucharist and his real presence, by which he will be recognised subsequently in the sacrifice of the Mass. This encounter raises the question however of why, Jesus chooses to reveal the truth of his resurrection, gradually and at...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Since the Great Jubilee of 2000, this, the second Sunday of Easter has been called Divine Mercy Sunday. The Divine Mercy is a devotion centred on the infinite mercy of God for sinners. It's visual focus being an image painted under the guidance of a Polish nun, St Faustina Kowalska. St Faustina had an inspired vision of blood and water radiating from the pierced heart of Jesus Christ. Seeing these white and red rays as an ocean of mercy for the whole world. Pope John Paul II...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "There comes a time in our lives when we begin to have faith. We come to believe on the testimony of the Apostles or on the universal testimony of the Church. Then we can begin to see not only the resurrection as a fact, as a historical matter, but see the significance of these events, their meaning, what they stand for, for us, and for the world, and for everything. Not just a great miracle, a wonderful bloke coming back to life, not merely a grand proof of all he taught, not...
Sunday Evangelium
Apr 17, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Andrew: "So these 3 groups - the crowd, the disciples and the remnant at Calvary - represent the stages of the Christian life. As we accompany Christ to Calvary, our souls are rooted in faith, purified in hope and perfected in love. This is not an easy path, as Jesus had warned James and John "Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?" Not everyone is willing to follow this path straight away and God in His mercy will often make the offer again." Music by...
Fr Andrew: "The friendships of God are truly personal friendships. Jesus weeps at the death of his friend Lazarus. Peter, James, John, Thomas, Martha, Mary and many others in the New Testament are his particular friends. Jesus is brought up in a particular family, by Mary and Joseph. Jesus does not love an abstract idea of humanity or an abstract idea of friendship, but loves this person and that person, you and me. You might say that the whole purpose of our existence here on earth is to...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "Who sinned? This man or his parents that he was born blind? The Gospel throws up before us today the greatest challenge to religion and to belief in God, or at least a loving God - that is the problem of evil, the origin of suffering and pain in this world. At least psychologically, it is the hardest difficulty for people to overcome in their minds before approaching God as a God of love. The problem can be posed in different ways but it is always the same, fundamentally: If...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "I want to focus on just one small detail of Jesus's conversation with the Samaritan woman: his use of the phrase 'living water'. Materially speaking, living water means fresh and flowing water; and for water to remain living and life-giving, it must be connected with its source. If water is cut off from its source it stops flowing, stagnates and becomes dead. Now if living water is understood to mean the spiritual life of the soul, as Jesus suggests, then the lessons of this...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "If we only knew what God was offering, we would ask Him for a drink; if we only knew the gift of God. He would give us living water that would satisfy all our desire, all our thirst. The living water is grace; living water, not stagnant water, moving, continuing. it's linked to its source. God, who is unending. In the Old Testament we read about this fountain of living water, it's God Himself, Jeremiah tells us that. In psalms too we often hear about running streams; think of...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "The Transfiguration of Jesus might seem so extraordinary and yet remote that it is hard to see what relevance it has to our lives. As a miracle, it served to strengthen the faith of the apostles Peter, James and John, at least when they had recovered from their fear. Yet extraordinary visions and a voice from heaven 2000 years ago might seem a long way from the concerns of our lives today. Nevertheless the transfiguration is of the greatest relevance for us, to our very hope of...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "Adam and Eve do not need to taste the fruit to be like God or to know good and evil, for they are already made in the image and likeness of God and know what they should and shouldn't do. Similarly in today's Gospel, Jesus does not need to accept the kingdoms of the world from the devil's hand, because he already has them in his own hand. All that the devil tempts with is not a false means to a true end (the temptation of pragmatism - but the false means to a false end, an...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "If all this is true, if God is real, if Christ has come, if the Church is His living voice in the world today and through every age in history, if we are today hearing this call, then what implications does it have for our lives? What decision do we have to make today? The Lord is the new Moses and he says, "I put before you a blessing and a curse." The Lord wants us to choose the blessing because He knows by choosing anything other than Himself, the love of Him and...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Andrew: "In today's Gospel, Jesus says that God will take care of his listeners, men of little faith, more than of the lillies of the field which are, he says, robed more splendidly than Solomon in all his regalia. Solomon asked for the gift of wisdom and by means of wisdom a person puts God first above all of creation. As a result, Solomon invested vast wealth in building the magnificent Temple of Jerusalem, and himself was blessed by extraordinary wealth and riches. Yet there was...
Fr Andrew: "Giving thanks recognises gift, and gift breaks down the logic of entitlement that demands hatred be returned for hatred. May God help us to see the struggle against evil from the perspective of divine wisdom, so that we love our enemies, pray earnestly for those who persecute us, and come safely with them one day to the kingdom of heaven." Music by Edwin Fawcett. Visit Evangelium.co.uk for more about the Evangelium project and Totus2us.com for more great podcasts. Totus...
Sunday Evangelium
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Fr Marcus: "In his marvellous fictional book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis shows how a demon called Wormwood ingeniously seeks to destroy a particular soul. Although a humourous work, this story gives us great truths. The man, wittily called the client, sins and then repents, but keeps returning to the same sin, as if in a perpetual cycle. This is because he never thinks to address the reasons and causes for his falling into that sin. How many of us have found ourselves confessing the...
Fr Marcus: "Our Lord says today in the Gospel 'Let your light shine before men, so that seeing your good works they may give praise to your Father in heaven.' Are we letting the light shine that has come from the Catholic faith? A very important vehicle for evangelization is the presenting of the fruits of the faith; to show even from a non-faith perspective that the Church has been the soul of the world; that when you take her contribution to civilzation away there's not much left; and...
Fr Andrew: "Jesus does not simply promise this thief paradise, a paradise which could be the Elysian Fields, but he says, “This very day you will be with me in paradise.” That clause, ‘with me’ marks the difference between the pagan and the Christian ideals of eternal life. The Elysian Fields, for all their beauty, have an emptiness that ultimately fails to satisfy. By contrast, the kingdom of heaven is not just paradise, but the place where God is, as described by the words of the...
Fr Andrew: "This warning not to empty the power of the Cross was the title of the third and final part of the most important document Pope John Paul II ever wrote on the moral life. That document was called 'Veritatis Splendor' - 'The Splendour of Truth', and Pope John Paul II witnessed to that truth by becoming a kind of icon of the Cross in the last days of his life. His body was crucified by suffering and disability, the lingering effects of an assasination attempt and Parkinson's...
Fr Andrew: "Just as Jesus' own life was hidden for so many years, the real battle for holiness is largely conducted in the human heart and in secrecy. Blessed John Henry Newman refers to 'secret prayers, secret deeds, secret self-denials, secret struggles and secret victories.' As we begin this new year I would like to suggest we renew our commitment to at least the following 3 actions of the life of genuine holiness, actions that are invisible to others but visible to God. 1st, the...
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Fr Marcus: "John the Baptist's baptism was a baptism of repentance, of preparation. Jesus's baptism is one of power and spiritual effect. Jesus went to John to be baptised not because He in any way needed baptism; the sinless Son of God needed no forgiveness of sins nor new life. He goes to John to reveal Himself to the world and to John, and to show that He has fully entered into our world, He shows us also how we must follow. One of the duties that comes with baptism is the duty of...
Fr Marcus: "What the Wise Men did as the first Gentiles did meeting the Lord, we too do every time we come into His real presence in the Eucharist in the Mass. It is as if that moment of the Epiphany, when the Wise Men bowed down and worshipped Him, is caught in time, or rather we join in with them as they are shown the Christ and adore Him. They are the first adorers and then millions and millions join in over the centuries. We are part of the great even of the Epiphany: Jesus is shown to...
Fr Marcus: "In this little child, God gives us the greatest gift in the world: the gift of Himself. It is the beginning of the solution and the mending of all things. Christmas tells us that God is with us and that He loves us. Few people perceive this and few people noticed this when He first came to this earth in the manger. Yet even from the stable He was changing the world from the inside. Christmas tells us that God is working and that He looks for you and for me. But we are often...
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Fr Marcus: "It brings joy to the heart of God when we confess and the priest feels that joy. Don't put off that greatest feeling of being reconciled. Strike while the iron is hot, otherwise the usual cycle of self-deception will take hold of us. Perhaps the greatest feeling in the world is coming away from confession knowing that we are forgiven completely and are one in our relationship with God, that we are fit for heaven, that we are in a state of grace, that light and life have...
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Fr Marcus: "This joy that we speak about now is a joy that is filled with substance. It means that we're basically and irrevocably a hope-filled people, that Christ is our joy and that he comes to us. That is why we rejoice. We know that on this great stage of the world we are in a divine comedy, not a tragedy. We don't know the details of the script but we know the general outline. We know that it has all been guaranteed in its good endings, no matter how difficult things may get within...
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Fr Marcus: "Christmas is not just a memory or an aspiration. It is a living experience because the babe who was born still lives and we receive him whom the angels adored. The very word Christmas means the Mass of Christ. We celebrate Christmas by getting in on the act, by gazing in wonder like the shepherds and adoring like the wise men. 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight his paths.' That is not just a historical call, it is a call to us today. The spirit of Advent present is...
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Fr Andrew: "How then do we enter the ark and remain in the ark? Well, Jesus warns us that being in the ark, or out of the ark, is a spiritual state more than a physical location. On the day of judgement, he warns us that physical proximity will not determine our eternal destiny - two men will be out in the field, one will be taken and one will be left. We remain in spiritual communion with the Church in practical, every day ways. Our principal means are the Sacraments, especially...
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Fr Andrew: "How is it that the Cross of Christ does have such power? What is it about Christ on the Cross that even those who reject the kingship of Christ are frightened of its power? I do not think any one explanation could ever give a complete solution to this mystery, but it seems to me that Christ on the Cross is at the centre of all Christian mysteries, making the crucifix the supreme Christian symbol. First, the crucifix witnesses that God was made man, not an inhuman super-hero,...
Fr Marcus: "Pope Benedict surprised people on his recent visit to Britain by mentioning the war! The beatification of Cardinal Newman coincided with the 70th anniversary of the battle of Britain. He singled out our national contribution to defeating that evil ideology of Nazism. He gave great praise to our war dead - he honoured them. He reminded us that he lived through those dark days when many did not recognise the evil that had come. From his great wisdom and experience and inspiration...
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Fr Marcus: "The Lord in His mercy has given us, those who die in friendship with him, the possibility of purification, of perfecting, after death. And this is good news. It is God's gift to save His imperfect friends… The souls of purgatory are aided by us as instruments, they are held by us in the providence of God. And it is comforting that we are not completely separated from our loved ones once they pass through the vale of death; we can still relate to them, we can still have a hand...
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Fr Marcus: "Today we celebrate our fellow human beings who have made it .. those who have reached the goal of goals, the only one worth reaching - heaven. We are talking about the entire population of heaven .. What are saints but human beings who have realised that they are not just beasts of burden, pleasure seeking machines, alone in the universe as accidents of creation or merely subjects of a distant creator or cause, but rather that they are children of God, given an eternal destiny....