31May Real reform or window dressing?

John Shea has again written to Pope Francis and to the Council of Cardinals asking for honest dialogue on the issue of the ordination of women.

31May 31 May. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18

A hymn of joy to God my Saviour

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
he … Read the rest

30May Who would want to be a bishop?

With a seeming hiccup holding up the production line of new bishops, {five appointments in the waiting line}, Brendan Hoban asks in his weekly column "who would want to be a bishop? "
A little tongue in cheek he suggests " a few of us might even at this late hour be prepared, for the good of the Church and reluctantly, of course, to accept high office though in advanced years, .... So if the nuncio is really, really stuck, I have a few in mind who would loosen things up a bit."

30May 30 May. Monday, Week 9

1st Reading 2 Peter 1:2-7

God has given us all we need to live well, sharing in divine life

May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power … Read the rest

29May 29 May. The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Sunday)

Today we honour the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), the food which sustains us on our journey through life.

1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20

The bread and wine offered by Melchizedek foreshadow the Eucharist

And King Melchizedek … Read the rest

28May 28 May. Saturday, Week 8

1st Reading. Jude 17; 20-25

Persevere in God’s love, and welcome the mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ

My beloved, you must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. But build yourselves up on your most … Read the rest

27May Soul Friend

With genuine concern being expressed in varied quarters about the toll on the mental and physical health of priests due to increasing workloads and expectations Brian Fahy's article is timely.
"A soul friend is someone you can go to regularly and share your spiritual feelings and condition with them, trusting them to hold your confidence and to listen in a positive and constructive manner, and who will offer guidance and advice as needed. This habit of having a soul friend puts us all on the level playing field. You are no longer regarded as a suitable case for treatment. You are a fellow traveller on life’s journey and your soul is never neglected."

27May 27 May. Friday of Week 8

Saint Augustine of Canterbury, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-13

The end of all things is near; be glad and shout for joy

The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake … Read the rest

26May The Practice of Mercy v The CDF

John O Connell, retired parish priest of Bray, recalls a run in some years ago with the CDF. Their heavy hand has been felt for many years by teachers and pastors alike but now more and more people are no longer willing to submit to their secretive ways and suffer in silence. There are probably many more stories of their attempted suppression of pastoral practices.

26May 26 May. Thursday, Week 8

1st Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-5,9-12

St Philip Neri, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-5; 9-12

Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it … Read the rest