Be What You receive

A talk given to parents of first communicants at Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs, Cambridge by Sr. Tamsin Mary Geach 

In the next few weeks your children will reach the point of making their first Holy Communion.  This era of fortnightly early rising will be over!  Praise the Lord!

So well done.  You have faithfully brought your children to this point.  It’s my job today to remind you why we go through all this – parents, catechists and children.  What is the motivation that makes this worth-while?

Basically, eternal life.

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‘Then longen Folk to go on pilgrimage’

by Sr. Tamsin Mary Geach 

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Dominnican Pilgrimage 2018.  ©Lawrence Lew

Yesterday I went on pilgrimage to Walsingham.  Part of this was a May procession.  I have been in many May processions, and yesterday was reflecting how they are like a snap-shot of the Church.  Sometimes when it rains the procession moves along in a sluggish sullen clump,

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What marvels the Lord worked for us; indeed we were glad

Reflection for Vespers during the Easter Octave 2019 by Sr Ann Swailes

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Famously, Lent lasts for 40 days and 40 nights. Eastertide lasts for 50, and it’s interesting to speculate on the reason for this difference. It’s not, I think, simply that the Church in her kindness and wisdom gives us longer in which to feast than to fast,  though that’s no bad, and -  as we shall see -  no trivial thing. There’s a less comfortable explanation also.   Eastertide is given us so that we can begin to assimilate the marvels the Lord has done for us, to make our peace with a world made new. For that, we need all the time we can get.

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Sorrowful Mysteries and the Joy of the Lord.

by Sr Ann Swailes o.p.

The liturgical calendar can be confusing for children. Friends who have always been Catholic have told me of their puzzlement when, just a couple of months after Christmas, Lent rolled round, and they were encouraged by parents or catechists to give up sweets or try harder to say their prayers in some kind of solidarity with Jesus in his temptations. Baffling indeed: he’d only been born a few weeks ago; how could a baby do battle with Satan in the wilderness?

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The Seven Last Words from the Cross


By Sr. Ann Swailes

The distress of parting from those we love takes many different forms, ranging from the misery of temporary but still painful physical absence – parting may be such sweet sorrow, but it is sorrow nonetheless – to the anguish of estrangement, misunderstanding or betrayal, where the continued physical presence of the beloved feels like a wound and a mockery, to death itself, coldly shocking even when prepared for.  But any of us – which I’m guessing is all of us – who have experienced any form of leave taking from those for whom we care will know,

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To Praise, To Bless, To Preach.