Faith Matters

Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul - 18th November

This Saturday sees the annual Dedication of the Basilicas of Saint. Peter and Paul on November 18 in Rome. The feast for this magnificent building combines the standard celebration of the
dedication of a church for St. Peter's Basilica and the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, which were both built by the Emperor
Constantine the Great during the 4th century.

These sites had already been visited by pilgrims for over a century when the basilicas were built to honor the apostles traditionally believed to have been buried there.  The basilicas were originally joined by a colonnade, which was built despite the distance of several miles between them.

Many of us have had the privilege to visit Rome over the years with the RE Department and a trip to St. Peter’s  never fails to disappoint.

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Sometimes when we want to take some ‘Time Out,’ reading and mediating on any of the Psalms can bring us to a place of peace – even if that place is soon shattered by the demands of the
outside world.

The great Catholic Theologian Thomas Merton wrote:

“The Psalms  contain within themselves the silence of high mountains and the silence of heaven.

The Psalter only truly begins to speak and sing within us when we have been led

by God and lifted up by Him, and have ascended into its silences.”

With that in mind, take time to read and reflect on this wonderful Psalm.

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord