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Today’s Readings – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus

St Ignatius’s heritage sparked his devotion to Our Lady, which intensified during his period of convalescence following the injury he received during the battle at Pamplona. Major events in his life occurred on feasts or at sites honouring the Virgin: his vigil before the Black Madonna of Montserrat on the eve of the Annunciation in 1522; his first vows at Montmartre, Paris, on the feast of the Assumption in 1534; his first Mass in St Mary Major in Rome on Christmas in 1538.

On Friday of Easter week, April 22, 1541, seven months after papal approval of the Society of Jesus and two weeks after Ignatius was elected its first general, he celebrated Mass with the first companions at Our Lady’s altar in the basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome, during which all pronounc … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 4 of Easter (Year B)

Commentary on Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because, in each year of the liturgical cycle (on this 4th Sunday), the Gospel is always taken from the 10th chapter of John where Jesus speaks of himself as the “good shepherd".

In to … Continue


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