31Oct 31st October. Saturday of Week 30

1st Reading: Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29

The paradoxical status of God’s people, when they reject Him

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the … Read the rest

30Oct Death and Funerals

As we move into the 'month for the dead', November, Seamus Ahearne speaks of his experience of funerals in parish life. "The Church still can provide a scaffolding to carry the event of death which is beyond our words and our understanding."
"The Rituals of the Church still help to carry the mystery of death. This remains true even though most people now have little contact with Church or little grasp of the language of Church. It is an enormous demand to stretch our creative ability to ensure that every family feels totally welcomed. The response we make, has to explore the depths of our humanity."

30Oct 30th October. Friday of Week 30

1st Reading: Romans 9:1-5

Paul would endure anything to win his fellow-Jews to Christ

I am speaking the truth in Christ; I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit. I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish … Read the rest

29Oct The need to grow in Wisdom and Mercy

Tim Hazelwood outlines his thinking, and that of the Pastoral Council of Killeagh-Inch parish, for inviting Tony Flannery to speak in their parish and the subsequent reasons for the withdrawal of the invitation.

The initial fall out from Bishop Billy Crean's intervention has been covered previously at "What did the bishop achieve?" https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2015/09/what-did-the-bishop-achieve/

29Oct 29th October. Thursday of Week 30

On Saint Colman, see below

1st Reading: Romans 8:31-39

Nothing can separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He … Read the rest

28Oct 28th October. The Apostles Simon and Jude

1st Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22

God has appointed apostles so that his people’s needs will be served

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, … Read the rest

27Oct 27th October. Tuesday of Week 30

On Saint Otteran, see below

1st Reading: Romans 8:18-25

The future we hope for is already within us, like a seed waiting to flower

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory … Read the rest

26Oct What did Pope Francis achieve with the Synod?

Massimo Faggioli reports on the outcome of the synod in http://www.globalpulsemagazine.com/news/life-begins-at-50/2070

"Yet the final document, which received the quorum of the two thirds for all its paragraphs, is more cautious than the text of 2014.
It is also silent on some important issues, namely the attitude of the Church towards gay people (except a weak passage on families with gay members)."
"But in this sense the final relatio of 2015 is a document that gives us a picture of the Church – more accurately, of its bishops – that is closer to reality,"
"The Synod also showed that much of the Catholic debate today is the expression of a debate between American bishops. The fact that they disagreed in public ... is in itself surprising. It is the symptom of the extremism and sectarianism of some ... but also the sign of Francis’ breakthrough in the American Catholic hierarchy."
"The Synod’s final document is important, but it says less about the future direction of the Church than Francis’ great speeches of October 17 (a new ecclesiological framework for a synodal Church) and October 24 (against the ideologues in the Church). This is why the Synod of 2015 will disappoint some liberals, but it is clearly a victory for Francis."

26Oct The Bells of the Angelus Call us to ……..

In his Western People column Brendan Hoban comments on the recent changes RTE have introduced to the broadcasting of the Angelus on television.
"The truth is that the Angelus, as we’ve had it on RTE television since 1962, needed to be updated and that it makes great sense, in a very different Ireland, to present it as a time of reflection for everyone."
"I’d be much more exercised by the more pervasive negative attitude to religion and in particular Catholicism in the wider media."

26Oct 26th October. Monday of Week 30

1st Reading: Romans 8:12-17

In the Spirit, we are God’s children; he is our “Abba — Father”

So then, my brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — for if you … Read the rest