Today's Homily Resource

28 May, 2020. Thursday of Week 7 of Easter

Looking at the barriers often to ecumenical progress, we must hope our leaders realise that unity can only be reached by generous dialogue, not imposed by authority.



27May Writing straight with crooked lines

Writing straight with crooked lines

May 27th, 2020

Chris McDonnell reviews Jim Forest's Writing straight with crooked lines

27May “The Problem with Viri Probati…”,

“The Problem with Viri Probati…”,

May 27th, 2020

Thomas O’Loughlin, in a slightly longer version that was published in La Croix, looks at some objections raised to ordaining married men as presbyters.
"It has often been noted that while universities speak of ‘education’ (focusing on developing the individual’s talent), seminaries, along with military academies, speak of ‘formation’: learning to think with the group, act together, and became familiar with the group’s standard procedures and goals."

26May Streamed Masses: A good or a bad idea?

Streamed Masses: A good or a bad idea?

May 26th, 2020

Tony Flannery, writing on his own in his own blog and in an article that was published in the Connaught Tribune, questions the wisdom of 'live-streaming" Masses during this crisis when church buildings are closed.

23May Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests on COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests on COVID-19 Pandemic

May 23rd, 2020

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests on COVID-19 Pandemic

22May Pope Francis and the “pathologies” in Church

Pope Francis and the “pathologies” in Church

May 22nd, 2020

Paddy Ferry draws our attention to the coverage in novenanews.com of Pope Francis' remarks that he intended to deliver to Pontifical Mission Societies. Pope Francis addressed 'pitfalls' in the church in his message, including, “The elitist temptation in some organisations connected to the Church can be accompanied at times by a sentiment of superiority and of intolerance towards the rest of the baptised, towards the people of God who may attend parishes and visit shrines, but are not ‘activists’ busy in Catholic organisations”

21May Taking a risk with life is just not an option

Taking a risk with life is just not an option

May 21st, 2020

Brendan Hoban comments on the progress so far in the campaign to suppress the corona virus but cautions that the battle is still only half fought.
"The phased re-introduction of normality has encouraged different vested interests to argue their claims to be shunted up the list of important services. Clearly concerted media campaigns by groups with commercial agendas are in train. "
Brendan mentions those in the media who comment on everything and anything and do so as if they bear no personal responsibility for their commentary apart from satisfying their readers.
"Leaders, in church and society, haven’t that luxury."

20May Fidgety Fingers

Fidgety Fingers

May 20th, 2020

Seamus Ahearne reminds us that grace filled moments can come about in chance encounters, even in the sad and bitter memories from the past. "He still can’t grasp how those in the Institutions and those out on the farms, who were full of God and faith, never displayed anything of the God of love.  That haunts him. He doesn’t feel bitter about anything else.  It is the model of God presented, that hurts most deeply.  Mass, Benediction and prayers were very important but there wasn’t any sign of the God of love."   ..... " A new Church is needed. New worship is needed. New vision is needed.  No one else is going to do it.  We have to get on with it."

19May Fr. Pat Rogers

Fr. Pat Rogers

May 19th, 2020

UPDATE 19 May 2020, 21:45
Fr. Pat Rogers remains very seriously ill in hospital.
His family asks, and is very grateful, for your continued prayers.

19May We are Celebrants, not Consumers

We are Celebrants, not Consumers

May 19th, 2020

Thomas O Loughlin challenges us to think more deeply about our attitudes towards liturgy as some shortcomings in understanding are being highlighted by the COVID-19 lock downs.
The article first appeared in La-croix International

17May Celebrating Ascension while Staying Safe

Celebrating Ascension while Staying Safe

May 17th, 2020

Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin suggests a home liturgy for celebrating Ascension Day.
Perhaps consideration could be given this year to celebrating Ascension on Thursday, 21 May – the day that is forty days after Easter Sunday?




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