Today's Homily Resource

22 September. Saturday, Week 25

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians (15:35-37, 42-49)

The seed that dies rises to new, incorruptible life. Our bodies will resemble the risen Jesus

But some one will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” …



21Sep When Words prevent Prayer – the current state of the Eucharistic Liturgy

When Words prevent Prayer – the current state of the Eucharistic Liturgy

September 21st, 2018

Maire Lawless voices her concerns with the on-going difficulties people experience with the "new translation" of the missal.
"The issue is very serious because some deeply spiritual people ...... have found this to be the last straw of a power driven authoritarian church which now touched directly on their highly valued prayer life.  As a result they no longer have attendance at Roman Catholic Eucharist as a part of their practice."

20Sep Is there a need for an Acculturation Programme for priests coming from abroad to minister in Ireland?

Is there a need for an Acculturation Programme for priests coming from abroad to minister in Ireland?

September 20th, 2018

Val Rogers draws attention to a short report by Brian Vale, in a bulletin from the Columbans in Australia,  about an Acculturation Programme Brian Vale and others provided for overseas priests who have come to serve in Australia recently.

19Sep Automation is taking over more and more jobs

Automation is taking over more and more jobs

September 19th, 2018

As artificial intelligence and automation is increasingly taking over and replacing workers, Sean McDonagh alerts us to the fact that it is not just governments and trade unions that need to plan for the future.
"Most Churches have not considered how they will organise pastoral care if 40% of the people in the parish are not involved in paid employment, which seem to be where this technology is taking us."

18Sep The Best and Worst of Times

The Best and Worst of Times

September 18th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne shares one of his reflections on life and God being revealed in the reality of the world about us; "God is not dead. The beauty of our gift as faith-people is magnificent. We cannot tolerate the dark, the dull, the dreary, the deluge of overwhelming sadness.
We have to sensitize our minds, hearts and imaginations to the world of God. We are ministers of the Gospel. We have the ‘joy of love.’ That enthusiasm has to burst out from us. Whatever gets in the way of this; has to be pushed aside."

16Sep The Fragile Face of Dignity

The Fragile Face of Dignity

September 16th, 2018

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, states what should be obvious to all; "Renewal and repair is not only a clerical task, for clericalism has been one of the deep seated roots from which have grown our present dysfunctional state. The laity must willingly accept the burden of reformation, bringing their skills, talents and experience to the service of faith. And they must be listened to, not brushed aside as an inconvenient irritant as has so often been the case. Parish councils, Diocesan councils are not an optional feature but play an essential part of our journey, they facilitate meaningful exchange."

15Sep Book Review: Priesthood Imprisoned: A crisis for the Church. 

Book Review: Priesthood Imprisoned: A crisis for the Church. 

September 15th, 2018

Tim Hazelwood reviews John E. Ryan's 'Priesthood imprisoned: A crisis for the Church.'
Tim says of it "we experience an insider’s look and honest appraisal of priesthood that greatly adds to this book’s authenticity and attraction."

Tim's review first appeared in the The Furrow, June 2018. With thanks to the Furrow and to Tim.

15Sep The Regulation of Episcopal Conferences since Vatican II

The Regulation of Episcopal Conferences since Vatican II

September 15th, 2018

Joe O Leary commented that "The whittling away of the theological status of episcopal conferences right through John Paul II’s pontificate has a kind of blueprint in Joseph Ratzinger’s 1982 book, Theologische Prinzipienlehre [Principles of Catholic Theology,1987]. It is dismal reading and unveils a full-length portrait of the conservative theologian that he had become."
Joe kindly makes available an article that Massimo Faggioli wrote in the Japan Mission Journal in 2004:

12Sep Ireland’s Care for Our Common Home

Ireland’s Care for Our Common Home

September 12th, 2018

Sean McDonagh, Columban priest and president of An Taisce, reminds us that in his 'On Care for Our Common Home' Pope Francis asserted that “Christians realise that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith.”
Sean says that "If our care of the environment is judged by our commitment to vision outlined in Laudato Si’ Ireland is not doing well at all. "

11Sep Pray for Peace and an end to Hatred

Pray for Peace and an end to Hatred

September 11th, 2018

9/11 A time to remember all who die because of hatred and violence.

11Sep What did we learn from the papal visit? – In ten easy lessons

What did we learn from the papal visit? – In ten easy lessons

September 11th, 2018

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, casts an eye back over the recent visit of Pope Francis.




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