The writing & works of

Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.Praem.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

A grain of wheat falling to the earth and dying looks as though it has come to the end of its life-cycle. But in fact if it dies, if it turns into seed in the earth, it may yield a rich harvest. So it will be with Jesus, with no ‘may’ about it. From his Death will flow the salvation of the world.


The Fourth Sunday in Lent

On the whole most people do not care for snakes, despite the frequent beauty of their skins. However, these unpleasant associations were not the main things that came to mind when people in the ancient world thought about snakes. There snakes were symbols of healing.


The Third Sunday in Lent

Stating obligations, however necessary and desirable, is not in itself friendship. And even Jerusalem is of little use unless one is a Jew. So finally, then, Jesus offers his own way into the experience of God.


The Second Sunday in Lent

Today’s Gospel is the story of the Transfiguration, a very untypical example of a Lenten Gospel even if it has occupied this place in the worship of the Roman rite for a long time.


The First Sunday of Lent

In the Our Father, we say ‘Lead us not into temptation’, and clearly the prayer is needed because in today’s Gospel, on the Sunday of Temptations, we find the Spirit leading no less a person than the Son of God himself into the desert precisely in order to be tempted. And there is something very strange here.