Today's Homily Resource

27 June, 2017. Tuesday of Week 12

27 June, 2017. Tuesday of Week 12



31May ‘God is Still Smiling’; a seaside meditation

‘God is Still Smiling’; a seaside meditation

May 31st, 2017

Seamus Ahearne offers an early morning seaside meditation for consideration and reflection.
"Why have I been always so thrilled with the liveliness of the world of God around me? Why has it been such a happy place? Why is 'my church' so privileged and so astonishing? Twenty years in Finglas today and and still amazed and delighted daily at the revelations of God among us. A very happy God - indeed the God of surprises."

31May The New National Maternity Hospital and The Religious Sisters of Charity

The New National Maternity Hospital and The Religious Sisters of Charity

May 31st, 2017

The Religious Sisters of Charity have decided to end their involvement in Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Group and to have no further involvement in the New National Maternity Hospital.
In the light of the discussion that has gone on about this subject the statement from the Sisters of Charity is carried here in full.

30May Reforming the Catholic Church- Speaking Notes, Gerry O’Hanlon sj

Reforming the Catholic Church- Speaking Notes, Gerry O’Hanlon sj

May 30th, 2017

Gerry O’Hanlon, sj has very kindly given us his speaking notes from his recent talk “Reforming the Catholic Church” in the Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown
Park,, for 'We are Church Ireland'.

26May Married priests: call for courageous conversation

Married priests: call for courageous conversation

May 26th, 2017

Sarah Mac Donald writes in the NCR about recent comments by Bishop Crispian Hollis, the retired bishop of Portsmouth, concerning the ordination of married men to the priesthood which he says "needs to be explored openly within the church in England and Wales at national and diocesan levels."
With fewer than 40 students in the national seminary at Maynooth it is an issue that is crying out to be explored in Ireland as well.
Liamy McNally is quoted as saying "There is no priest shortage!" ..... "We have many priests, but they are married and so are not allowed to have a public ministry," ..... "in the early church those with a vocation to priesthood were married, whereas today, those who feel called to priesthood must also have a vocation to celibacy."

25May “Reforming the Catholic Church” a talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

“Reforming the Catholic Church” a talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

May 25th, 2017

A talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on “Reforming the Catholic Church”
2.00 pm Saturday 27 May 2017
The Arrupe Room
Jesuit Conference Centre Milltown Park.

24May Manchester, Monday, 22 May 2017, 10.30 p.m.

Manchester, Monday, 22 May 2017, 10.30 p.m.

May 24th, 2017

Chris McDonnell reacts to the tragic events in Manchester

23May Don’t appeal to ‘blasphemy’ as a defence

Don’t appeal to ‘blasphemy’ as a defence

May 23rd, 2017

Brendan Hoban writes in the Western People that we should not rely on an appeal to the Constitutional offence of blasphemy to quell the 'populist rantings of those who have no sense of God (and no feel for the religious quest)'.

20May Wellbeing of Priests: Planned ACP Regional Meetings

Wellbeing of Priests: Planned ACP Regional Meetings

May 20th, 2017

UPDATED -
Regional Meetings on the Wellbeing of Priests.
ACP Members are encouraged to extend an invitation to all priests.

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Kilmore and Meath; Wednesday 7th June 2.00pm, The Kilmore Hotel, Cavan Town

Clonfert, Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora: Thursday 15th June 2.00-4.30pm

18May ‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

May 18th, 2017

Writing in the Irish Times Mark Patrick Hederman suggests that there is little time left for the Catholic Church in Ireland to adapt to the realities of life as it is now lived before being reduced to a tiny irrelevant minority.

14May With open hands

With open hands

May 14th, 2017

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, pays tribute to Henri Nouwen and finds that one of his metaphors 'with open hands' to be 'very pertinent to our present times. A few days back we saw pictures of Francis at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo where he embraced the mosque’s Grand Imam, Ahmad al-Tayeb, who urged the West not to hold an entire religion “accountable for the crimes of any small group of followers.” That image of greeting between a Christian and a Muslim runs counter to our populist press view of castigation of a whole people through the actions of a few.'




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