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26 April. Thurs. of Week 4 of Easter

Thursday Week 4 of Easter

26Apr The Inspiration of a Cowslip

The Inspiration of a Cowslip

April 26th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne casts a cold eye on 'The present day chaos of bureaucracy (that) almost drowns our souls.'; 'the great competition going on between the ‘essential’ aspects of life and the nonsense of paperwork or meetings to protect our backs.' 
Seamus asks of our celebration of Eucharist 'Do we find it prayerful ourselves (as priests)?
Of the political he says "The Government gets strangled by stray issues. ...  So much of it is an avoidance of the real problems."
But then the sight of a "little cowslip. It stops me. And I gasp.  What stops other people? ... I think our job ... is to open eyes, hearts, imaginations and then to help each other, see. Then real worship will follow. Then the Scriptures will come alive. Then Communion will happen. Then our faith will be confirmed."

26Apr Book Launch: Whistle-Blower.

Book Launch: Whistle-Blower.

April 26th, 2018

The recently published 'Whistle Blower' by Pádraig McCarthy will be launched on Tuesday, 01 May, 3.30 – 4.30pm. in the Glass Room Suites at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (entry via Fire Restaurant).

25Apr Male and Female, in the image and likeness of God?

Male and Female, in the image and likeness of God?

April 25th, 2018

John J Shea again writes to Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals on the issue of the ordination of women.
John says to Pope Francis "You kept insisting: “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue.” In fact, you said: “dialogue fearlessly.”
Yet, there is not nor has there been any dialogue—fearless, gender inclusive, or otherwise—on the ordination of women, arguably the most important issue in the church. As Supreme Pontiff can you call now for synodal dialogue and end the appalling silence of our church?"

22Apr Walk with me

Walk with me

April 22nd, 2018

Chris McDonnell writes, in the Catholic Times 13 April, on the significance of 'breaking the bread' together.
"It is important that we recognise that we not only receive the Risen Christ but share that experience with each other."

22Apr Shortcuts to Liturgy Resources provided

Shortcuts to Liturgy Resources provided

April 22nd, 2018

Those seeking Bidding Prayers or Homily resources for weekend masses should look under the LITURGY tab (top of page), or in the LITURGY section in the  sidebar to the right of this page….…

14Apr Accentuate the Positive

Accentuate the Positive

April 14th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne takes a look at current happenings and decides that we should 'Accentuate the Positive'.
"never mind what has happened or is happening or how church people are characterised – we still are missioned and graced by God. We need to believe in ourselves. We need to get on with life. We may age. We may not have replacements. But faith goes on. God goes on. The sun still rises. The daffodils still fight their way out of the ground and are heard and seen despite the bad weather. Why can’t we do the same? Get on with it. "
Seamus also confirms that he won't be the next Archbishop of Dublin! 

10Apr Six Years Later, anyone willing to right a wrong?

Six Years Later, anyone willing to right a wrong?

April 10th, 2018

After six years of suspension from public ministry, without even the semblance of due process, Tony Flannery writes that "the memories of that time come back clearly, and I know that there is still a residue of hurt, regret and sadness." ....
"I do actually believe that my Redemptorist superiors, or indeed the Irish bishops, if they really wanted to, could do something in this present very different climate in the Church, to get the sanctions against me lifted, and to restore my good name.
My biggest complaint from the beginning was the unjust and unlawful procedures that were used to judge and condemn me."

09Apr Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

April 9th, 2018

Pope Francis has issued his apostolic exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today's World."
It includes a little advice about how misuse of technology can prevent holiness.
"115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:6)."

08Apr World Meeting of Families – ACI Event

World Meeting of Families – ACI Event

April 8th, 2018

Association of Catholics in Ireland are planning a pre-World Meeting of Families public event for Saturday, 14 April 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2. 

04Apr Martin Luther King Jr. (15 January 1929 – 04 April 1968)

Martin Luther King Jr. (15 January 1929 – 04 April 1968)

April 4th, 2018

Pádraig McCarthy reminds us that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on 4 April 1968, at the age of 39.
"On the 50th anniversary of his death we could be challenged today just as much as then by his words."

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