07Feb Presider’s Page for 7 February (Ordinary Time 5)

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and Paul, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.
• Today, the last Sunday before Lent, is celebrated as Temperance Sunday in Ireland.

07Feb Thinking outside the Confessional Box

Stan Mellett calls for a little thinking 'outside the box' when it comes to celebrating God's mercy and forgiveness.
"How are we to celebrate the mystery and miracle of our forgiveness?" Stan argues that in the past we got it wrong. "God was a hard taskmaster; grudgingly would forgive but all the conditions had to be met. What a travesty of the Gospel! What an abuse of Church authority!"
"Any hope that the faithful and the unfaithful will once again wait in queue to whisper their ‘sins’ in a box, behind a curtain or in a private encounter, is, I think, remote."
"Why hesitate to celebrate forgiveness for congregations in one liturgical celebration? "

07Feb 7th Feb. Fifth Sunday of the Year

Trust in God is a virtue not only for fishermen but for all Christians. We need it more than ever, today.

1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah responds to God’s call with enthusiasm

In the year that King Uzziah died, I … Read the rest

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