31Mar Wake from your slumber

Seamus Ahearne OSA reflects on the story of Lazarus and challenges us to "Wake up. Taste the beauty of life. Notice the wonder and mystery. See God dancing in people, moments and nature. Come out of the tomb. Be bold"

31Mar 31 March, 2017. Friday, Week 4 of Lent

1st Reading: Wisdom 2:1, 12-22

Malice of the foolish against  good people

Foolish people reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, “Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no one …

30Mar ACP South Priests’ Meeting

Report on ACP Meeting at Ovens on Wednesday 17 March 2017

30Mar ACP West Priests’ Meeting,

Report of the meeting of ACP western region

30Mar The Language of Doctrine

Tony Flannery writing on his blog wonders if "Some of the very basic doctrines of the Church no longer make sense to the modern mind, and are being quietly rejected even by people who still attend church. Some of these doctrines are not Scripture based, but came out of the early centuries of the Church, a time when there was a very different understanding of the world and of humanity, and, probably most significant of all, a very different language which is still used to proclaim these doctrines. "

30Mar 30 March, 2017. Thursday, Week 4 of Lent

1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-14

Though his people rebel, Moses begs another chance for them

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have …

29Mar 29 March, 2017. Wednesday, Week 4 of Lent

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:8-15

God promises the exiles, “You’ll be a sign of salvation!”

Thus says the Lord: ‘In a time of favour I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you …

28Mar The ongoing missal problem – light at the end of the tunnel?

We carry two interesting articles about the proposed review of ‘Liturgiam Authenticam’, the Vatican's official guide for liturgical translations.

“The New Zealand bishops are delighted with the news that Pope Francis is arranging for a review of the 2001 document Liturgiam Authenticam."

"Why haven’t the American bishops or the other English-speaking conferences joined the New Zealanders in welcoming the review? Have they so bought into Liturgiam authenticam that they now oppose Pope Francis’s plan to review and revise it?"

We could well ask what do our Irish bishops think about this issue?

28Mar 28 March, 2017. Tuesday, Week 4 of Lent

1st Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12

Life-giving water flows out from the Temple of God

Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for …

27Mar A no-brainer

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, suggests it's time church authorities caught up with the outlook of the vast majority of the membership of the church with regard to the issue of married priests. Brendan says that 'inevitably, the penny eventually drops'.
Brendan points to the outgoing Papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown stating "after his last public Mass in Ireland, that he was alarmed at the age-profile of Irish priests, the few entering seminaries and his fear that the Irish Church was on a cliff edge, ready to go into ‘free fall’. Strangely, while in office as papal nuncio, Archbishop Brown didn’t strike such a pessimistic note; indeed to the frustration of many he kept talking about ‘green shoots of recovery’ in the Irish Church."




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