31Aug 31st August. Monday of Week 22

Jesus in his home synagogue

Today’s gospel begins with an account of the liturgy of the word in the synagogue of Jesus’ home town of Nazareth. He stands up to read from the prophet Isaiah and then sits down to …

30Aug The Irish Times interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

Tony Flannery on his own website comments on the recent interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

30Aug Vocations

In debates about how to counter the declining number of priests in the Catholic Church it is often argued that despite having a married clergy, women and men, the Church of England is not attracting vocations either. In a recent interesting article in The Tablet Jonathan Wynne-Jones seems to give the lie to that argument with an account of 1000 ordinations in the Church of England this year.

30Aug Presiders’ Page 30 August (Ordinary Time 22)

As we move from summer to autumn, we praise God who sustains us all year round. We ask for help with new undertakings and perseverance with continuing projects, knowing that nothing will work well without God’s grace.

30Aug 30th August. 22nd Sunday, Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

Listening to God’s word brings life and wisdom

So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the …

30Aug 30th August. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

Heed God’s words and observe them diligently; this is your source of life and wisdom.

So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you …

29Aug 29th August. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:17-19.

Like Jeremiah, we must resist domineering rulers

But you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will break you before them.…

28Aug 28th August. Friday, Week 21

Feast of St. Augustine (see below)

1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Being ready for the Lord’s coming

Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to …

27Aug 27th August. Thursday, Week 21

Feast of St. Monica (see below)

1st Reading: 1 Thess. 3:7-13

Paul recalls the faith of the Thessalonians and prays for their spritual growth.

For this reason, brothers and sisters, during all our distress and persecution we have been encouraged …

26Aug 26th August. Wednesday, Week 21

1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

The gospel is no mere opinion but is God’s own word

You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while …




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