Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Holy Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!


In many countries, including the USA, today is a holy day of obligation, meaning you need to go to Mass if at all possible. In the UK it is a solemnity (so you do not need to abstain from meat) but it is not an obligation to go to Mass.




Centenary of the Miracle of the Sun

I won’t attempt to give a better account than those already widely available on the Internet.

I will only encourage you to pray the Rosary and carry out the Five First Saturdays devotion in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Death of Cardinal Caffarra

Cardinal Caffarra is the second of the four Dubia cardinals to die in the last two months, the first being Cardinal Meisner. This just leaves Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller. The issuing of the Dubia will have its first anniversary this month. Let us pray that Pope Francis answers the Dubia in accordance with the Church’s teaching, or that a Formal Act of Correction comes soon.

And for Cardinal Caffarra:

Eternal Rest, grant unto him, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

A reason to smile

This article from The Telegraph tells of how Rosemary Johnson, a talented violinist injured in a terrible car crash, has been able to make music again after decades, using brain sensors.

I am pretty sure her smile at the end will bring tears to your eyes.

St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

‘Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.’

‘There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.’

Faith is to believe what we do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

‘God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.’

‘If you believe what you like in the Gospels and reject what you do not like, it is not the Gospels you believe, but yourself.’

If you are struggling with habitual sin, errant children, or a lack of motivation to repent of your sins, pray to St Augustine (and to his mother, St Monica).

St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Grandma’s anniversary

On this day two years ago, my grandmother passed away, having been taken ill suddenly and suffering kidney failure. I like to think it can also be her feast day, as she received the last rights and remained a faithful Catholic all her life.

St Monica, pray for us!

Bridie Mullen, RIP.