Diocese News Archive

Homilies

  • Diaconate Ordination of Eight Jesuits

    There was a parish which invited a famous actor to come and recite some of their favourite writings. The actor recited all different kinds of texts.   As the evening neared its end, he said he would recite just one more. They asked him to recite...

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  • Mercy's Ever-youthful Face

    At Christmas we celebrate God’s eternal youth in the child born in Bethlehem.  I was touched, on arriving in Krakow for World Youth Day, to hear Pope Francis say to the young pilgrims, ‘The world wants to learn from you that the Father’s me...

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  • Feast of the Martyrs of the Venerable English College

    ‘Paid to a Frenchman who took away the priest’s bowels after he had been hanged: 20s; for coals to make the fire: 6d; for a wright’s axe, to behead the priest: 4s. 6d; for a hand axe and a cutting knife, to rip and quarter him: 14d; and for ...

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  • Stella Maris Mass 2016

    Extract from the homily given at the Apostleship of the Sea Stella Maris Mass at Westmisnter Cathedral on 22 September 2016. Hail, Queen of Heaven has to be one of my favourite hymns. I think it’s due partly to the fact that I find the stars ...

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  • Proclaim 16 Conference in Australia

    Jesus is preparing his friends for his departure. He tells them, ‘the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them.’ I like the slightly irreverent story of how when Jesus ascended to heaven, the first person he met was the Ar...

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  • Mass for Victims of Nice Attack

    I wept when I heard the news on Friday morning of the terrorist atrocity in Nice. When I heard how many children and young people had been crushed, I thought, ‘the Massacre of the Innocents’! I wept. And I am sure Jesus wept too. His visit, of...

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  • Thanksgiving for Leadership of Nicholas Soar, Executive Headteacher of Bishop Challoner Schools

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Service is the key to discipleship. That’s the message Jesus wants us to take from the Gospel which we heard in today’s Mass. ‘The one who rules is to be the one who serves,’ he says. And ‘I am among you as one w...

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  • Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

    Exactly one hundred years ago, politicians, generals and countless families were coming to terms with the casualties of that fateful first day of battle. Some 20,000 had been killed and another 40,000 were wounded or reported missing. Walking alon...

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  • Thanksgiving at Cardinal Hume Centre

    The Last Judgement could be really difficult! Some you will have been here in 1994 when Cardinal Hume told you as much: ‘the last Judgement might be embarrassing for many of us,’ he said.  To hear the Lord say, ‘I was hungry and you gave me...

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  • Diaconal Ordination Mass 2016

    Dear Carlos, Joseph, Julio and Michael, thank you for offering yourselves today for service as deacons.  By ordaining you on this feast day, the Church gives you a good patron to accompany you for the rest of your lives in the person of Barnabas ...

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  • Our Lady's Convent High School Mass on Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

    Jean-Pierre Bély was an intensive care nurse who began to experience profound tiredness in his mid-thirties and in his late forties was diagnosed with MS and became wheelchair-bound. Friends and family suggested he go on pilgrimage to Lourdes. H...

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  • Ash Wednesday in Canary Wharf

    It’s good always, on Ash Wednesday, to remind ourselves that Lent means ‘lengthening’. And, of course, it’s true: no sooner does Lent start than we begin to notice the days lengthening; we realise the spring equinox is approaching,  or, r...

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  • Blessing of Church Door at Kentish Town

    So you have a new church door!  It’s good to reflect on what the church door symbolises. For those of you who were born in this parish, it’s the doorway through which your parents brought you for baptism. It’s the doorway through which p...

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  • Conversion of St Paul

    To see ourselves as others see us! The Scots among you will know that was a saying of Robert Burns, who was born, of course, on 25 St Paul must have wondered often how others saw him. After all, he had been chief persecutor of the first Christian...

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  • Opening of Holy Door at St Anselm and St Cecilia

    So you have a Holy Door.  It’s good to reflect a little on what it’s for. It reminds us, above all, that we’re on a journey – a journey from this life into the next.  Jesus said, ‘I am the door’; and we long to be united with him in...

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  • Province Schools Mass

    ‘Where do I belong?’ It’s a key question for every human being.  Witness the migration in recent months of so many hundreds of thousands from Africa and Asia, each in search of a place to belong. It’s the key to these readings.  Jesus ...

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  • 10th Anniversary of London Bombings

    7 July 2005 is one of those days when you remember exactly what you were doing when you heard the devastating news.  I was with Cardinal Cormac in Rome when someone said, ‘You need to see this.’  The Cardinal had only just arrived.  As soo...

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  • Mass of Thanksgiving for Cardinal Hume

    ‘When you pray,’ says the Lord, ‘Go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place.’  It is one of the mysterious things about being human that it is hidden from us how others pray:...

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  • Ministry of Lector

    One of the privileges of living in community is that you can pray alongside other people if you so wish. The mysterious thing is that you never know how they pray. Let’s face it, you don’t even ask your best friend, “How did you pray this m...

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  • Ming-Ai Spring Festival

    I must say, I am delighted to be with you here tonight to represent His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Cardinal Vincent is, of course, Honorary President of Ming-Ai, as were Cardinals Murphy-O’Connor and Hume before him. Indeed, Ming-Ai g...

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  • Candidacy to the Permanent Diaconate

    Given at Guardian Angels Church, Mile End, on the occasion of Candidacy to the Permanent Diaconate on Gaudete Sunday, 14 December 2014.  One of my all-time favourite religious paintings is of a man pointing. He points behind him – like this. I...

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  • Centenary of St Benedict Menni

    Given on the centenary of the death of St Benedict Menni on 25th October 2014 at Our Lady of Dolours, Fulham Road. I must say, I’m deeply touched to encounter the story of St Benedict Menni and of the Sisters and Brothers who have been inspir...

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