Today's Homily Resource

27 July. Wednesday, Week 17

1st Reading: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21

The second lament of Jeremiah and the Lord’s reply

It was a bad day that my mother ever bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! O Lord, I have not …



27Jul A Sanctuary no longer Inviolable

A Sanctuary no longer Inviolable

July 27th, 2016

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Irish Times, offers some initial thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Fr. Jacques Hamel, to the parishioners in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray and to the people of the Diocese of Rouen.
Nous adressons nos sincères condoléances à la famille du père Jacques Hamel, les paroissiens de Saint -Étienne- du- Rouvray et à la population du diocèse de Rouen.

26Jul Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

July 26th, 2016

Chris McDonnell writes in The Catholic Times about the shortage of priests and states that "It will soon be too late to consider a possible resolution to the problems we face unless we take active steps now to address our difficulties."
"there is a now a clear necessity for Commissions to be set up both in the UK and Ireland by the respective bishops’ conferences to examine the whole issue before the model we are currently struggling to manage breaks and we are left to pick up the pieces."

26Jul The importance of different coloured buttons.

The importance of different coloured buttons.

July 26th, 2016

Brendan Hoban's weekly column in the Western People takes a look at the 'noxious weed' of clericalism.
Clericalism, Brendan describes, is when "In simple terms the priest was given to believe that he knew best, was in full charge of everything and should feel superior to mere lay-people. To give this clericalist mentality substance it was wrapped in black soutanes and Roman collars and placed in a context of status, deference and privilege. Priests became part of an exclusive, hierarchical and authoritarian elite."

18Jul Some cardinals should see red!

Some cardinals should see red!

July 18th, 2016

Brendan Hoban in the Western People suggests it's time that Cardinals who are obstructing the reforms of Pope Francis should be called to order.
"Francis has very publicly told members of the Roman Curia that they often suffered from 'the pathology of power' which produced ' a superiority complex' "

15Jul Father Sean Fagan RIP — a brief appreciation

Father Sean Fagan RIP — a brief appreciation

July 15th, 2016

It was with great sadness that the ACP learned of the death of Fr. Sean Fagan.
May the Lord grant him peace.
Tony Flannery penned a brief appreciation on learning of Sean's death.

15Jul The Judas Iscariot Lunch

The Judas Iscariot Lunch

July 15th, 2016

'The Judas Iscariot Lunch' , a documentary, features 13 former Columban missionary priests including Joe O Grady from Cloonacool, County Sligo.
It is is a story about faith, religion, love and life after the priesthood.
This documentary, often funny, sometimes sad, is beautiful, raw and thought-provoking.

11Jul No Need to Face East: Cardinal Sarah corrected by Pope Francis

No Need to Face East: Cardinal Sarah corrected by Pope Francis

July 11th, 2016

Praytellblog and http://aleteia.org are reporting that Pope Francis summoned Cardinal Sarah to a meeting last Saturday following the latter's call for priests to face east while celebrating Mass from next Advent.
A statement was issued by Press Office of the Holy See, 11/07/2016.
"There are not, therefore, any new liturgical directives beginning next Advent" and "it is best to avoid using the expression 'reform of the reform', referring to the liturgy, as sometimes it has been a source of misunderstanding "

09Jul International Conference of Reform Movements in Chicago

International Conference of Reform Movements in Chicago

July 9th, 2016

Tony Flannery reports on the the third International Conference of Reform Movements which is scheduled for Chicago next October.
"we aim to enter into deep dialogue, understanding our similarities and our differences, enjoying our diversity and finding common ground leading to common action. In this way we hope to strengthen our commitment, and energise our work, for Church reform."

07Jul The accusers stand accused

The accusers stand accused

July 7th, 2016

Sarah Mac Donald writes in NCR about the experience of Gerry Moloney at the hands of the CDF.
"You are tried, found guilty and sentenced, before you even know you were on trial. And yet the gospel tells us that people will 'know we are Christians by our love.' "

05Jul Nero fiddled … Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

Nero fiddled … Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

July 5th, 2016

Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent ....... Really, he did!