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14th February - SS Cyril and Methodius

Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday, January 28, 2013
I could not let today pass without saying a quick word about St. Thomas Aquinas, my intellectual hero and generally one of my favorite saints.

Aquinas was born in 1224/5 to a noble family at a time of political tension between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor. Because Aquinas’s family supported the Emperor in this struggle they sent the young Thomas, after some initial schooling at the famous Benedictine Abbey Monte Casino, to study at the imperial university in Naples. Unlike the ecclesiastical universities, students at Naples were allowed to study Aristotle, whose writings were just beginning to filter back in to the Latin West via the Muslim World.

There was a perception at this time that Aristotelian science lead to conclusions that contradicted revelation and in some circles this science was therefore considered to be a threat to traditional Augustinian theology. It was the genius of Aquinas to synthesize these two streams of thought, the Augustinian and the Aristotelian, by showing the complementary nature of faith and reason.

The result is a liberating vision of the world and human life in which God holds all things in being through his creative love, and calls human beings to live in friendship with him in this life, and eternal happiness with him in the next.  Read more

Feast of St Francis of Assisi

Saturday, October 06, 2012
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Solemnity of Our Holy Father St Dominic

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

St Patrick

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Readings: 1 Peter 4:7-11; Psalm 96:1- 10; Luke 5:1-11 Read more

Feast of St David

Thursday, March 01, 2012
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Martyrs of Disunity or Unity?

Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Christ Crucified our Bridge: the spiritual teaching of St Catherine of Siena.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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1st December - St Edmund Campion

Thursday, December 01, 2011
Readings: Isaiah 26: 1-6; Psalm 117; Matthew 7: 21, 24-27 Read more

Saints the Month-18 October: St. Luke The Evangelist

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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