31Aug Appointment of Administrative Secretary

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Liamy MacNally, as its first Administrative Secretary.

31Aug 31 August. Wednesday, Week 22

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

People motivated by envy are immature; caring for others marks out God’s co-workers

But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, … Read the rest

30Aug 30 August. Tuesday, Week 22

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16

One taught by the Spirit of God can judge rightly and know their innermost self. Such people have the mind of Christ

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit … Read the rest

29Aug 29 August. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:17-19.

Like Jeremiah, we must speak out against domineering rulers

But as for you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will … Read the rest

28Aug There’s Something about Seminaries

Maynooth seminary is still grabbing headlines.
Tony Flannery, on his own website, gives a frank opinion of the most recent proposals put forward by the trustees. “Are these men serious? Do they expect this effort at very traditional regimentation, and equally traditional spirituality, to solve the problems they believe existed?”
Brian Eyre, commenting from the remove of Brazil, sees merit in a proposal that “a subcommittee of lay people, families and “especially the presence of women” will be introduced as part of priestly formation”.
Meanwhile Cindy Wooden, writing in America Magazine, reports on Pope Francis speaking in Krakow about the training of seminarians. Pope Francis is reported as saying “too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance.” and ""We need to truly understand this: in life not all is black on white or white on black," he said. "The shades of grey prevail in life. We must them teach to discern in this gray area."
Perhaps Maynooth’s trustees should consult Pope Francis?

28Aug 28 August. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29

A person attentive to God will never reject wisdom

My child, perform your tasks with humility; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble … Read the rest

27Aug The Poetry of life – and I was thinking!

Seamus Ahearne has been reflecting on his life's vocation and work, and "has been thinking" and thankfully writing for us.
As always his thoughts are a wonderful antidote to the often banal, myopic, clichéd and uninspiring writing that is done about church and religion in Ireland.
His words challenge all of us to find new ways of ministering to each other.

"there is an absence of gratitude. There is a crudity in our public discourse. How can there be Eucharist if we don’t come in humility to say thanks to God? If we don’t stop to be aware of the ‘gracefulness’ of life; if we don’t stop in utter amazement at the very mystery of life in nature, in people, in moments. If we don’t look at a baby and become more human; if we don’t look at a leaf and become more human; if we don’t look at the exuberance of a child for First Communion and become more human; if we don’t look at the act of faith of two lovers in marrying and become more human; if we don’t see the selflessness of parents and become more human; if we don’t see the prayerfulness of our faithful and become more human."

27Aug 27 August. Saturday, Week 21

Saint Monica optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

God chose the world’s despised, so that our wisdom, justice, and holiness would centre on Jesus

For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, … Read the rest

26Aug Pope Francis and the Challenge of being Church today

Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta, NSW, spoke recently about how we are now 'living in a watershed and a privileged moment in the history of the Church.' It is a time with demands and challenges for us.
He said that in church 'It is not “business as usual”. There needs to be an attitudinal change at every level, a conversion of mind and heart that conforms us to the spirit of the Gospel, a new wine into new wineskins, not a superficial change or, worse, a retreat into restorationism.

Gaudium et Spes, the guiding document of the Council, presented a new paradigm: the church is not an enclosure which protects its members against the sinful world. It is a fellow pilgrim with the men and women of our age. It is a church incarnate in the world. Therefore, it is time not of fearful retreat, disengagement and self-referential pomp, but of accompaniment and engagement.

The church will be less than what Christ intends it to be when issues of inclusion and equality are not fully addressed. That is why you heard me say that I am guided by the radical vision of Christ. I am committed to make the church in Parramatta the house for all peoples, a church where there is less an experience of exclusion but more an encounter of radical love, inclusiveness and solidarity.

We cannot be a strong moral force and an effective prophetic voice in society if we are simply defensive, inconsistent and divisive with regards to certain social issues. We cannot talk about the integrity of creation, the universal and inclusive love of God, while at the same time colluding with the forces of oppression in the ill-treatment of racial minorities, women and homosexual persons."

It is a long but worthwhile read and can be downloaded in Pdf format

26Aug 26 August. Friday, Week 21

1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25

The mystery of the cross is wiser than our mind, stronger than our power

My brothers and sisters, Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, … Read the rest

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