Today's Homily Resource

28th July. Monday, Week 17.

Despite our sins, we will receive mercy



24Jul Censoring of Scripture scholar not in line with Francis’ ‘big tent’ church

Censoring of Scripture scholar not in line with Francis’ ‘big tent’ church

July 24th, 2014

I have always believed that to be a Catholic, you need faith. It’s what Jesus had: the faith to question the status quo, to seek a different way, to share one’s gifts to better the community.
Jesus had faith. Prophets …

24Jul High time for Elder Wisdom. Sean O Conaill

High time for Elder Wisdom. Sean O Conaill

July 24th, 2014

High Time for ‘Elder Wisdom’

At a time when specialists in elder care in the UK are advocating the installation of CCTV in every room in every care home (to prevent elder abuse by poorly paid, poorly trained and poorly …

22Jul Longevity is no barrier to pop-stars or priests but fatal to Labour politicians. Brendan Hoban

Longevity is no barrier to pop-stars or priests but fatal to Labour politicians. Brendan Hoban

July 22nd, 2014

Before the politicians go on their long, well-deserved break for the summer holidays, there was that small matter of a cabinet reshuffle. Out with the old guard and in with the new. Sort of. Though some of the old stagers …

18Jul ACP Statement on appointment of Yvonne Murphy

ACP Statement on appointment of Yvonne Murphy

July 18th, 2014

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP)
responding to the 
  establishment of the Commission of Investigation
into Mother and Baby Homes 
and the appointment of Yvonne Murphy

The ACP welcomes the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into
Mother …

16Jul No salvation for Brazil but a hint of the sacred in Messi’s swerve

No salvation for Brazil but a hint of the sacred in Messi’s swerve

July 16th, 2014

Brendan Hoban in the Western People maintains that if novelist John Updike believed that God could be found in a perfectly struck five-iron approach shot to the green, then surely there’s a spark of something other-worldly in the impossible swerve of a Messi or the immaculate balance of a Van Persie.

12Jul Rambling thoughts on the way to/from a Funeral.

Rambling thoughts on the way to/from a Funeral.

July 12th, 2014

Seamus Ahearne muses about life in the context of the speculation about a new cabinet, the on again off again Garth Brooks concerts, Pat Rabbitte’s 20 second dismissal our own “new” missal and of course the letter from the bishops to the acp.
It reminds him that ‘the Word of God can be heard only when it is soaked up in human life and spoken with human accents.’

10Jul Bishops follow pope’s lead: This is news?

Bishops follow pope’s lead: This is news?

July 10th, 2014

Eugene Cullen Kennedy is emeritus professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago. In the National Catholic Reporter he comments on what motivates the catholic bishops of the U.S.A. under the leadership of Pope Francis.
“We must feel for these men trained to be one kind of bishop now searching for some way to become another. For this and other blessings already beyond counting, we may be grateful to the loving God who gave us Francis.”

07Jul Are our bishops disinterested in the Francis tide?

Are our bishops disinterested in the Francis tide?

July 7th, 2014

Brendan Hoban, in his weekly Western People column, asks is there any silence like the silence of the Irish bishops in response to Francis’ reforming agenda?
The difficult truth is that, while technically Pope Francis is all-powerful and can introduce any changes he wants the reality is, change will be blocked and is being blocked by those who see their power and influence placed at risk.

06Jul Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) responding to the letter of reply from the Irish bishops to the ACP submissions at a meeting with representatives of the Irish bishops on 04 June, 2014.

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) responding to the letter of reply from the Irish bishops to the ACP submissions at a meeting with representatives of the Irish bishops on 04 June, 2014.

July 6th, 2014

The response of the Irish Bishops to our meeting of 04 June last (with Bishops Boyce, Drennan and McKeown) is disappointing and disheartening.

Leadership demands a much more open and creative engagement with the issues addressed in the June 4 meeting.

03Jul Bidding Prayers for July Sundays published

Bidding Prayers for July Sundays published

July 3rd, 2014

Presiders’ pages for the Sundays of July have now been published on the ACP website. This is to facilitate those who prepare the liturgy, who may be planning several Sunday liturgies in advance due to key personnel taking summer vacations. …