08Sep Where the River Shannon flows

Seamus Ahearne shares his thoughts with us following a recent wedding.
In his usual style he recommends a huge dose of E for us: 'Our church has to be expansive and explosive and exciting and exhilarating'.
'I also recalled Stephen Hawkins who said that Church folk damage God - “your God is too small.”
''Why do they ‘belittle God’? Isn’t faith about ‘being great’? I don’t recognise the God of little men/women who has to be protected. A God that has to be protected from Tony Flannery? What kind of unreal God is this? It is not the God I know or the Church I know. ':
'Never be-little; be great! That is the banner over all of us.'

08Sep Marriage Annulment Process Changed

Pope Francis has announced new procedures for the annulling of marriages.
The documents making the announcement, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, are still only available in Italian and Latin.
We carry a report on this move from Crux.
http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/09/08/pope-francis-streamlines-process-for-granting-annulments/
Is this an important step for reform and Francis’ message of Mercy?
How relevant is it for the majority of catholics who divorce and remarry?

08Sep September 8th. Nativity of Our Lady

1st Reading: Micah 5:1-4

Bethlehem, from you shall come one who is to rule in Israel

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who …




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