Sunday, 5 November 2017





Just a quick update on some positive news for Australians, with a request for prayers for the success of our emerging traditional religious communities.

Daughters of the Maternal Heart of Mary

There will be a discernment weekend for the emerging community of the Daughters of the Maternal Heart of Mary on November 24-26 in Sydney.

The Daughters of the Maternal Heart of Mary is a semi-contemplative traditional community of women based in Sydney, Australia, living a life of prayer and work according to the spirit of St. Benedict.

If you are a single woman aged  18-35, please do consider going to the weekend - you can find more information by following the link.

Notre Dame Priory

And Australia's emerging men's monastery in Tasmania takes a big step forward in a few weeks, with the clothing of the first group of novices.

Please keep these young men in your prayers as they take the next step on their path.

You could also take a look at the monk shop to help support them.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Novena for Pentecost: day 9


Bottega di domenico ghirlandaio, ascensione, antifonario edili 148 f. 47v. biblioteca medicea laurenziana.jpg
Bottega di domenico ghirlandaio, ascensione, antifonario edili 148 f. 47v. biblioteca medicea laurenziana


Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Friday, 2 June 2017

novena day 8 - For perseverance in our vocations


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Today's suggested intention - that we might all actively discern, follow and persevere in our vocation in life, both in terms of state of life, and the particular things God asks us to do within that:

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Novena day 7: For the strengthening of families

Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome1510 - 20

And for the last three days of the novena, I'm suggesting a focus on the particular concerns of the laity: today for the strengthening of our families, that those families broken might be reconciled and rejoined; that the ties that bind families together might be strengthened; that those isolated from their families might find a way back.  The prayer:

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Novena day 6: for faithful priests and bishops


Pietro Perugino, Polittico di San Pietro, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 1496 - 1500

And today, perhaps you could pray especially for the needs of our faithful priests and bishops, especially those offering the traditional mass:

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Novena Day 5: for the conversion of the clergy

Andrea Mantegna, Uffizi Tryptich, left panel, 1460 - 1464

And for today's intention, consider praying for the conversion of bishops and priests who have fallen into heresy and/or immorality, especially those involved in the cover-up or perpetration of child abuse and other sins:

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's