31Jan The Ballot Be Yours

Brendan Hoban, in his Western People column, counsels against the temptation of directing people how to vote in referendum or general election. "Been there, done that in the last two centuries. It made little sense then. It makes even less now."
"Telling people from the pulpit what to do in respect of a constitutional referendum or, even implicitly, who to vote for (or not to vote for) would do incredible damage not just to the cause espoused but to the Catholic Church"

31Jan Presider’s Page for 31 January (Ordinary Time 4)

We gather as people loved by God, people called to pass on the love we have received. The love God has put into the world will never fail, but will last as long as humanity lasts. We praise God for the gifts lavished on us. (Today is the first day of Catholic Schools Week in Ireland.)

31Jan 31/01. 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19

Jeremiah is commissioned by God, as a prophet

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated … Read the rest

30Jan 30/01. Saturday, Week 3

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17

David’s sin with Bathsheba will be punished within his own family

The Lord sent Nathan to David. He went to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the … Read the rest

29Jan 29/01. Friday, Week 3

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10, 13-17

David’s adultery and his “executive murder” of Uriah

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; … Read the rest

28Jan 28/01. Thursday, Week 3

Saint Thomas Aquinas, memorial

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29

David prays with gratitude, about God’s everlasting promises to his descendants

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and … Read the rest

27Jan Is ‘secularism’ just another ‘religion’?

Sean O'Conaill raises some very relevant questions about "the dichotomy of 'secular and 'religious' ".
"In Ireland a militant secularism is obviously bent on 'binding' together all those alienated from the remnants of the 'Catholic state' into a significant political constituency."
But Sean asks "How exactly can something so obviously evangelical, pacifically inclined, moralistic, charismatic, 'binding' - and salvational - not qualify as a 'religion'? "

27Jan 27/01. Wednesday, Week 3

Saint Angela de Merici, optional memorial

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-17

Samuel hears God’s promise to build up the house of David

That very night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus … Read the rest

26Jan 26/01. Ss Timothy and Titus (Memorial)

1st Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-9

Reminder to use the gifts God has given us, for the service of the church

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, for the sake of the promise of life that is in … Read the rest

25Jan The Chorus line in Church Life

Seamus Ahearne draws on the experiences of varied people, 'the chorus line in church life', because they 'are the ones that help us create a different model of priest and church.'

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