25Jul 25 July, Monday, Feast of St James, Apostle

The Apostle James

James, son of Alphaeus is often identified with James the Less, who is only mentioned three times in the Bible, each time in connection with his mother. Mark 15:40 refers to "Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses", while Mark 16:1 and Matthew 27:56 refer to "Mary, the mother of James".

24Jul 24 July, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Solomon prayed for the gift of discernment, something that we all need as our guide in making decisions. All things have their own intrinsic value, but if we over-value any of our favourite "things", we devalue God. Deep down, I need to loosen my grip on what is transient, and hold firm to what is eternal, in the spirit of faith-filled discernment. I need to find what is the real treasure, the one thing really worth

24Jul Joe O’Leary criticises ACP leadership

Joe O'Leary, for those who don't know him, is a priest of Cork and Ross, who lives and works in Tokyo.  He is a member of the association from the beginning, and a regular contributor to the website.

We would naturally be interested in comments;  from members only in this instance, please.

24Jul 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Liturgy Preparation

This summer Sunday, those who gather for worship rejoice in many gifts, including the promise that all will share in Christ’s glory. At Mass, they give thanks for these treasures, as they continue on the journey to the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.

23Jul 23 July, Saturday, Feast of St Bridget of Sweden

What Bridget of Sweden can teach us today

(from an address of pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square, October 28, 2010.)

I would like to present the figure of St Bridget of Sweden, co-patroness of Europe, her message, and the reasons why this woman has much to teach -- even today -- to the Church and to the world. We know well the events of her life, because

22Jul Brendan Hoban on Enda Kenny’s Speech

When I read Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech in Dáil Éireann, I was reminded of Tony Blair’s comment about ‘the hand of history laid on his shoulder.’ Blair, who later regretted the perceived pretentiousness of the remark, could be pardoned for …

22Jul 22 July, Friday, Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Sermon for St Mary Magdalene

(by Jane Williams). In recent years St Mary Magdalene must have become one of the best known characters of the early church. Yet even before Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code she seems to have been a woman around whom myths and legends have gathered.

22Jul Maybe it needs someone like the Taoiseach and words of the force that he used to get through to them


A PRIEST’S VIEW: PERSONALLY, I was happy with the Taoiseach’s statement on the Cloyne report. I presume not every member of our association was, but those who rang me about it were delighted.

Many of us priests …

21Jul Reconciling the Church’s Ego with God’s Unified Plurality.

Thomas Chiapelas

Advisor: Professor David Tracy S.T.L., S.T.D.

A Thesis

Submitted to the University of Chicago in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the degree of Master in Liberal Arts
Graham …

21Jul 21 July, Thursday of Week 16

Priveleged Moments

The Scriptures identify two different moments in our lives: first, as in Exodus we are fired with dreams and visions; later these early ideals become memories to inspire us anew and correct our meandering ways. Sometimes in the gospel God speaks to us plainly, at other times in riddles.

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