by Cathrine Marie Keighly
||Sr Catherine Marie is part of a team on the Summer School Scripture course at the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey. The course runs from 1st-4th August. All enquiries to School of the Annunciation
Sr Ann Catherine Swailes o.p
Ave Verum Corpus, natum de Maria Virgine: hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary. When we hear these words, we think automatically of the Blessed Sacrament - as their anonymous Medieval author intended that we should. But in earlier centuries, the phrase “true body” was a way of referring less to the Eucharist than to those who gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist
by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes
Whichever way you look at it, the Ascension seems like an odd sort of a feast.
At first sight, after all, it commemorates a leave-taking; the dramatic departure of the Lord from the community which had so recently welcomed him back into their midst after his Passion and death. Psychological common sense would suggest, surely, that confusion and trauma, rather than rejoicing, would have been the disciples’ reaction, and there doesn’t seem much to celebrate in that.
Post communion reflection Jn 21 15-19 by Sr Ann Swailes
As Eastertide draws towards its close, we find ourselves in our gospel tonight back, so to speak, in Easter week, with the disciples trying to get used to a new reality, to make sense of a new dimension of reality that bursts into the world with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.