28Mar Reflection from Des Wilson

Dear Friends,
I am always afraid we in the church will get into the doldrums again.At my advanced age I believe being careful has inhibited the church from taking the sacred risks it should be able to afford.
So I have been trying to define my own beliefs and hopes and expectations. The following is not meant for either publication or for anything else except to put it on record somewhere that I personally and as a priest believe Catholics could usefully talk about such matters in a radical way. Change is going to come – we should be making it not waiting for it. People said, Where there is death there’s hope, but  I cannot accept that - if you know change is bound to come on Friday you make it happen on Thursday even if only to show  you have some say in it.
My disagreement with people in high church places was primarily about how people including priests are treated and about due process and about materialistic values in church. We have I believe not made much progress since those days when for such disagreement I know I lost all salary for a quarter of a century but believe I gained some self respect for the rest of my life.
If the Dutch Catholics could discuss  such weighty matters in the sixties, we can discuss them any time.
Beannacht De oraibh agus ar an obair.
Des Wilson

27Mar 3rd Sunday of Lent


Christ quenches our spiritual thirst with the living water of grace: the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This living water is like a spring inside us, welling up to eternal life. The …

27Mar Third Sunday of Lent – Liturgy Preparation

Opening Comment

Today’s readings about water and thirst remind us that this is a baptismal season. During Lent, many people all over the world look forward to their baptism, while those already baptised prepare to renew their promises.

26Mar Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Micah 7:14ff. The prophet trusts that God, as a merciful shepherd, will again have compassion on his lowly and needy people.

Luke 15:1ff. The parable of the Prodigal Son portrays a profoundly compassionate God, and includes a sharp warning against …

25Mar Feast of The Annunciation of the Lord

(this text is also included in our Sundays & Feasts section)

Theme: Wonderful News

The Annunciation story is full of splendid promise, radiant with a bright future. God’s messenger tells of a coming Saviour who will be great, and will …

24Mar Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 17:5ff. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord rather than in mere mortal power.

Luke 16:19ff. The contrasting fortunes in the next life, of “Dives,” the uncaring rich man and his poor neighbour, Lazarus.

In God We Trust

23Mar Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 18:18ff. In his hopeless situation the prophet calls out the great prayer of hope: “Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies!”

Matthew 20:17ff. Jesus’ reply to the request for prominent places goes too often unheeded: “the greatest among you must …

22Mar Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

Isaiah 1:10ff. A ringing prophetic call to personal conversion: “remove your evildoings from before my eyes”

Matthew 23:1ff. Unlike the hierarchical customs of Judaism, in Jesus’ circle “the greatest among you will be your servant.”

Charity is vital, in order

21Mar Monday in the Second Week of Lent

Daniel 9:4ff. The exiles’ prayer of repentance. Humbled by the experience of being conquered and taken away as captive slaves, they turn back to God their Saviour.

Luke 6:36ff. Jesus calls us to be perfect in the virtue of mercy, …

20Mar Second Sunday of Lent – Liturgy Preparation

Opening Comment

Now that we are ten days into the season of Lent, our goal is clarified in today’s liturgy. The Gospel of the Transfiguration reminds us that we are destined for glory. Like the disciples, we keep this glimpse of glory in our hearts in the dark days ahead. Resurection will follow, as surely as day follows night.

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