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'All Christians must be aware of their own specific vocation within the political community.' Sunday Reflections, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

  ' I die His Majesty's good servant - but God's first.'  St Thomas More A Man for all Seasons Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel  Matthew 22:15-21 ( English Standard Version Anglicised) Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.   And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.     Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”   But Jesus, aware of their malice, said,  “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?   Show me the coin for the tax.”  And they brought him a denarius.   And Jesus said to them,  “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”   They said, “Caesar's.” Then h

The Rosary with the Great Artists: the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Virgin Showing the Man of Sorrows Hans Memling [ Web Gallery of Art ] The Rosary belongs among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation. Developed in the West, it is a typically meditative prayer, corresponding in some way to the “prayer of the heart” or “Jesus prayer” which took root in the soil of the Christian East.' [St John Paul II,   Rosarium Virginis Mariae , No 5.] The Rosary here is the formula prayed by members of the  Legion of Mary , the way I prefer. There are various ways of beginning and ending the Rosary but the Five Mysteries are the heart of the prayer.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.  Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. v. Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. God our Father, pour out the gifts of Your Holy Spirit