St Beuno's, North Wales

This week, ‘Gaudete Sunday’, we are called to rejoice, for the coming of the Lord is near. At the same time, we are invited to live out our preparation in the details of our daily lives. The First Reading from Zephaniah is a joyful exultation,...
Icon of John the Baptist
The beginning of the Church’s New Year, the Season of Advent, is a good time to look back as well as forward. We begin our prayer in the present moment with God, but we are not the same people as we were a year ago. Our journey of life with God has...
A straight path across grassland with stars above
On this first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that we are waiting for the Lord’s coming not only at Christmas and at the End of Time, but also in our hearts. Many centuries before the birth of Christ, the prophet Jeremiah reassures the people that...
A single candle
As the Church’s year draws to a close, the Gospel and First Reading in particular are full of vivid imagery of the ‘End Times’. These texts were written to offer solace and encouragement to people facing temporal and spiritual crisis in very...
A wild fig tree at dusk
Our readings this week encourage us to live our lives not just for ourselves but for others, as Jesus did. The First Reading tells us of a poor destitute widow who shows great generosity as she sacrifices her last scrap of bread for the prophet...
A woman holding out two coins on her palm
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