St Timothy, the student of St Paul (Acts 16:1-4)

St Timothy, the student of St Paul (Acts 16:1-4)

St Timothy was a younger co-worker and friend of St Paul. Two of the ‘Pastoral Epistles’ included in the New Testament, First and Second Timothy, are named after him. They contain personal advice from St Paul to the man he came to regard as his beloved and faithful son in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2; … Continue reading St Timothy, the student of St Paul (Acts 16:1-4)

The Martyrdom of St Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:3)

The Martyrdom of St Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:3)

The story of St Stephen’s martyrdom is found with the Acts of the Apostles. St Stephen was one of the Church’s first deacons and also, the first Christian to die for the faith. He helped to convert many new disciples, but his death also led to a great persecution of the Church. The Book of … Continue reading The Martyrdom of St Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:3)

The Holy Rosary for October

The Holy Rosary for October

The Rosary is a popular Catholic devotion to the Virgin Mary. It involves meditating on the life of Christ and his mother, as revealed in the New Testament, while reciting a series of prayers. Since the 7th of October is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, traditionally the month of October has been specially … Continue reading The Holy Rosary for October

<strong>The Preaching of St John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)</strong>

The Preaching of St John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)

Shortly before Christ began teaching in public, St John received God’s call while living in the desert. After this, he began to preach in the country near the River Jordan. St John told the people to repent of their sins, to be charitable, and to prepare for the coming of Christ. His mission is described … Continue reading The Preaching of St John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)

<strong>The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31)</strong>

The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31)

After being brutally whipped, the gospels say that Christ was victimised in the governor’s headquarters by a group of Roman soldiers. (Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; John 19:2-5) This humiliation took place in front of the whole battalion. St Matthew’s gospel puts it this way: “They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after … Continue reading The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31)

<strong>Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)</strong>

Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)

The book of Malachi was written in the 5th century BC, after the reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Zerubbabel. Malachi was the last of the Twelve Minor Prophets and his name means ‘messenger’. In his book, he wrote about acceptable worship, faithfulness in marriage, the coming of the Messiah and the Day of … Continue reading Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)

<strong>King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)</strong>

King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)

Solomon was the son of King David, the musical monarch of Israel. When his father died, he succeeded him as king. At the beginning of his reign, Solomon was a man of great faith. Naturally, therefore, he turned to God for guidance as to how he should rule. As Pope Benedict XVI observed: “Solomon inherited … Continue reading King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

In St Luke’s gospel, we read how Christ told three parables about God’s mercy towards sinners. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this intriguing story, he spoke of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine of his one hundred sheep in the desert to go in search of just one who had gone … Continue reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

<strong>8. St Thomas doubts Christ (John 20:24-29)</strong>

8. St Thomas doubts Christ (John 20:24-29)

Eight days later, the disciples were again in the house, and on this occasion Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Do not doubt any longer, but believe.