Mick Forgey reports in the National Catholic Reporter on Tony Flannery' s involvement in the National Conference of the reform movement 'Call to Action' in Memphis, Tenn.
Light in the darkness
Chris McDonnell reflects on the Rosetta Mission and the landing of Philae on the Comet 67P.
'We cannot begin to understand the enormity of the God in whom we believe. We can only appreciate those moments of blinding transformation when he illuminates our lives....'
Sean O'Conaill asks 'who is to address the question of the church’s relevance to the wider spiritual and moral crisis of Irish society?'
Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, in a recent homily commented on 'Evangelii Gaudium', the recent apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. He said that Pope Francis has called for a Church which ‘goes forth’, for a Church which as a spiritual home keeps its doors permanently open.
For this, he said, we need, more than anything else now, trained and committed personnel on the ground. Priests, of course, but also full and part time lay evangelists.
Pope Francis has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories.
A place made Holy
Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column sees the refurbishment of the parish church of Moygownagh, Co. Mayo, as an act of faith in the future and a fitting tribute to the past. For the local parish community community it is a sacred place that enshrines the most precious moments of our lives.
The richness of a parable is that it can carry more than one implication. This is true also of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.
Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) Open Information Event, Belfast, Saturday 6th December 2014
Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) Open Information Event, Belfast, Saturday 6th December 2014November 13th, 2014
"Helping the Church to become self-critical:
Why the laity are best equipped for this role"
Seamus Ahearne wonders if he serves a "fictional parish or is this how it now is? I must say I enjoy it how it is. New Missals and such language is totally irrelevant. A new language is absolutely essential. Liturgy (if it is real) connects with the experiences of the local community. It is their pictures that matter with the God of surprises."
Brian McKee, Director, Seedlings, offers this reflection on the impact of the lives and work of Sr Frances Forde and Sr. Marie Duddy who sadly died in a road traffic accident.
A married man, Brian works with the Passionists as Director of Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, near Belfast, and in the parish of Holy Cross, Ardoyne in the work of peace and reconciliation. www.seedlingsireland.com