Today's Homily Resource

21 October. 29th Sunday

1st Reading: Isaiah (53:10-11)

God’s faithful Servant bears our sins and sorrow; but he will prevail

It was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see …



21Oct Annual General Meeting 2018

Annual General Meeting 2018

October 21st, 2018

Report on the Annual General Meeting 2018

21Oct When it comes to talking

When it comes to talking

October 21st, 2018

Chris McDonnell comments on the current Synod of Bishops in Rome in his article in the Catholic Times. "although young people are there to observe and contribute, they will have no voting power when push comes to shove. Much will depend on how good the assembled clerics are at listening, how much their hearing will be conditioned by pre-determined views, how open they are to the realities that face young people."

19Oct Leadership vacuum in Church in the U.S.A. causes problems world wide

Leadership vacuum in Church in the U.S.A. causes problems world wide

October 19th, 2018

The National Catholic Reporter carries a robust editorial on Cardinal Ouellet's response to Archbishop Viganò. It challenges the role of those U.S. catholics "whose primary ambition, it seems, is to convince the rest of us that the Christian Gospel was actually promulgated to justify the most extreme expressions of American-style capitalism."
It concludes "The work ahead will require more than bluster and misappropriated slogans. It will require accessing the deepest levels of our sacramental tradition. It will require the imposition of unprecedented accountability from bishops. It will also require bishops with the will to confront the toughest questions about how the clerical culture arrived at this point."

18Oct One man, one vote; One woman, no vote ….. ?

One man, one vote; One woman, no vote ….. ?

October 18th, 2018

An interesting report is carried in the National Catholic Reporter on who has voting rights at the Synod on youth.
It's hard to believe no woman has the right to vote at the Synod on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of women achieving their right to vote in this part of the world.

18Oct Papal Visit – What people think

Papal Visit – What people think

October 18th, 2018

Dr Gladys Ganiel, Research Fellow, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast commissioned a survey about the recent papal visit. The results have been released and are informative.
"For practicing Catholics, 39% said the main reason as to why they did not attend any of the events was because the travel/walk was too difficult, 22% said they were not interested and 18% said they disagreed with how the Church has handled abuse."

Only 1% of those who did not attend any event put the reason down to the weather!

15Oct AGM – The Rights of Priests. Healing Circles and Funerals

AGM – The Rights of Priests. Healing Circles and Funerals

October 15th, 2018

At the recent annual general meeting of the ACP Tim Hazelwood outlined the continuing supportive role the ACP plays for many priests.

14Oct Homily of Pope Francis at Mass of Canonisations, 14 October 2018

Homily of Pope Francis at Mass of Canonisations, 14 October 2018

October 14th, 2018

Homily of Pope Francis, St Peter's Square, Sunday, 14 October 2018.
"Let us ask for the grace always to leave things behind for love of the Lord: to leave behind wealth, leave behind the yearning for status and power, leave behind structures that are no longer adequate for proclaiming the Gospel, those weights that slow down our mission, the strings that tie us to the world."

13Oct The Retirement of Priests

The Retirement of Priests

October 13th, 2018

A presentation on the topic of the retirement of priests was given by Mattie Long at the recent AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests.

13Oct Working alongside migrant laborers prepares seminarians for priesthood

Working alongside migrant laborers prepares seminarians for priesthood

October 13th, 2018

An interesting article in America Magazine.
We may not have too many students for the priesthood but what would be an equivalent experience in Ireland?

12Oct The New View of Creation in Laudato si

The New View of Creation in Laudato si

October 12th, 2018

John Feehan spoke at our AGM about "The New View of Creation in Laudato si"
"I am not sure how many of us appreciate how radical it is: how radical for our thinking, for our behaviour; how radical for our understanding of the meaning of creation and of our role in the making of the world.
Twice in Laudato si’ Pope Francis refers to the created world as the ‘other’ book of revelation. Creation itself, the ‘other book’, the ‘magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness; ... God has written a precious book, ‘whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe."




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