31Jul Presider’s Page for 31 July (Ordinary Time 18)

God’s Word calls us to recognise the transience of life, to keep our eyes on what is lasting: we gather in that spirit today.

31Jul 31 July. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Rich Fool is a sombre warning to anyone who complacently enjoys being rich and comfortable, while others starve. The economic model imposed by our capitalist, accumulative society plays a large part in world inequalities and tensions.

1st Reading: Ecclesiastes

30Jul 30 July. Saturday, Week 17

Saint Peter Chrysologus, optional memorial

1st Reading: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24

In God’s name, Jeremiah stands by his threats against Jerusalem and its temple

Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man …

29Jul Sean Fagan and the remaining CDF ‘restrictions’: Clarification

The idea that all sanctions and restrictions were lifted from Sean Fagan before his death is being widely circulated, and also in some of the comments on this site.
Shamefully, for those who had the authority to do so, all the sanctions placed on Sean Fagan were not removed before his death.

29Jul Facing up to Spiritual Abuse: Sean Fagan S.M.

This article by the late Sean Fagan appeared in 'Doctrine and Life' in March 2001.
Sincere thanks to Bernard Treacy OP, Director, Dominican Publications, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 for permission to publish this article by the late Sean Fagan. www.dominicanpublications.com

Thanks to Sean O'Conaill for the suggestion to publish the article as a tribute to Sean and for providing an electronic version of the article.

29Jul 29 July. St Martha of Bethany

1st Reading: 1 John 4:7-16

True love shows us to be children of God

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does …

28Jul 28 July. Thursday, Week 17

1st Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-6

God is like a potter, re-forming Israel out of previously mis-formed clay

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my …

27Jul A Sanctuary no longer Inviolable

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Irish Times, offers some initial thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Fr. Jacques Hamel, to the parishioners in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray and to the people of the Diocese of Rouen.
Nous adressons nos sincères condoléances à la famille du père Jacques Hamel, les paroissiens de Saint -Étienne- du- Rouvray et à la population du diocèse de Rouen.

27Jul 27 July. Wednesday, Week 17

1st Reading: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21

The second lament of Jeremiah and the Lord’s reply

It was a bad day that my mother ever bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! O Lord, I have not …

26Jul Breaking New Ground

Chris McDonnell writes in The Catholic Times about the shortage of priests and states that "It will soon be too late to consider a possible resolution to the problems we face unless we take active steps now to address our difficulties."
"there is a now a clear necessity for Commissions to be set up both in the UK and Ireland by the respective bishops’ conferences to examine the whole issue before the model we are currently struggling to manage breaks and we are left to pick up the pieces."

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