Today's Homily Resource
Luke's account of the annunciation concludes with Mary's total response of acceptance, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me." Greatly favoured, she responds generously, with her whole life, to the grace she has received. For St. Luke, Mary is not simply the mother of Jesus; she is the perfect disciple of Jesus...
December 19th, 2014
Tony Conry is a missionary priest working in Brazil. Tony suggests that we can and should be creative in making up our own homespun blessings because 'the English language robbed us of our Celtic heritage and gave us all a sterile cold communications system bereft of all emotional warmth and spiritual nourishment.'
December 18th, 2014
Sean McDonagh gives his reaction to the report from COP20 in Lima.
The Lima document broke with all previous COPs where the burden of reducing greenhouse gases was placed squarely on the shoulders of rich countries which historically have been emitting carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial revolution. In Lima poor countries felt that rich countries were attempting to move the burden of reducing carbon dioxide emissions on to their shoulders.
December 17th, 2014
Brendan Hoban responds to comments made by Senator Rónán Mullen on a live radio programme concerning Fr. Tony Flannery.
On the day when the Vatican's three-year investigation into US nuns concluded with a call to continued dialogue it seems that the message of openness preached by Pope Francis is still not being heard in some quarters, not least the CDF.
In contrast the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life commenting on those sisters who did not co-operate with the 'visitation' says "we use this present opportunity to invite all religious institutes to accept our willingness to engage in respectful and fruitful dialogue with them."
We look forward to this "willingness to engage in respectful and fruitful dialogue" being put into practice by all in the Curia and all in positions of power or influence.
December 16th, 2014
Reflecting on some of the issues that received intense media coverage in recent times Brendan Hoban in his Western People column concludes that "Sometimes institutions, reluctant to reform, need the shock of public humiliation to get their act together, especially when the vulnerable innocent are at risk."
The plain truth of the matter is, Brendan states, that "In any institution or system, things go wrong, when those in positions of power are not properly supervised."
December 13th, 2014
Under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime intimacy, the divine, the Christ taking birth forever, as Mary grasps your hand for help, for each of us is the midwife of God, each of us.
December 12th, 2014
Sean McDonagh reflecting on the recent COP 20 in Lima says that it underlines the sad reality that the majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed.
December 11th, 2014
For your information we publish the New Synod questionnaire on family issues published by the Vatican. It requests episcopal conferences to choose a suitable manner of involving all components of the particular churches and academic institutions, organizations, lay movements and other ecclesial associations.
December 11th, 2014
For innocent people to be accused of horrific abuse of children is a shattering experience. On 4 December, 24 people from the Modena area of Italy were declared innocent - after 16 years: 17 parents and 7 priests. Families were destroyed, and seven were dead.
December 10th, 2014
In recent times the leadership of the ACP, wrote to Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Eamon Martin to express the concern of our association for the plight of Fr Tony Flannery.
We publish the correspondence
December 9th, 2014
Joshua J. McElwee, NCR's Vatican correspondent, reports on the latest request from the Vatican in preparation for Synod 2015.
Will our bishops' conference be better organised, and willing, this time in getting the views of 'all levels' of church in Ireland?