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Today’s Readings – Saint Francis Borgia, Priest

St Francis Borgia, Priest, SJ (Memorial)

Francis Borgia was born in Gandia, Spain, in 1510. He was the eldest son of the Duke of Gandia, great grandson of the notorious Pope Alexander VI (known as the ‘Borgia Pope’) and of King Ferdinand V of Aragon. He received a private education and was presented to the Emperor’s court at the age of 18. In the following year, 1529, he married Leonor de Castro and was made viceroy of Catalonia by the Emperor Charles V. He and Leonor had eight children.

In 1543, he succeeded his father as the fourth Duke of Gandia. Because of problems arising from his attempts to put an end to corruption by legal officials, he retired to his estate. He now devoted his time to the development of his property, including the setting up of a Dominican house and th … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 27 of Ordinary Time

Commentary on Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4, 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14 and Luke 17:5-10

Sometimes we must have the same feelings as the prophet in today’s First Reading. Why is there so much injustice and tyranny and oppression everywhere? Why so much outrage and violence? “Outrage and violence, … Continue

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