24Mar 24 March: Sat. of Week 5 of Lent

Saturday Week 5 of Lent

23Mar Being alone does not work

Brian Fahy, reflecting on his own life experiences, decides that "Emotional self-sufficiency is a destructive notion. We need the interplay of one another and the learning processes that enable us to move into emotional inter-dependence if a healthy life is to ensue."
It is a timely reminder along with the call in The Tablet for seminary reform. "The seminary system dates from the sixteenth century, and aimed to produce experts in the Catholic faith. That’s all well and good; but there are other needs too. Modern priests should also be mature human beings who can understand the modern world without being absorbed by it."

23Mar 23 March: Fri. of Week 5 of Lent

Friday Week 5 of Lent

22Mar Forever Moving On ….. But Never Stopping to Solve Problems

Chris McDonnell in a recent article in the Catholic Times writes of student attempts in the U.S. to bring about reform in gun laws where adults fail or refuse to do so.
He asks "What can the Church contribute to the discussion?" "We are quick-and rightly so-to condemn abortion. This .. crisis is also a matter of right to life and demands courageous action."

22Mar 22 March: Thurs. of Week 5 of Lent

Thursday Week 5 of Lent

21Mar 21 March: Wed. of Week 5 of Lent

Wednesday Week 5 of Lent

20Mar Australian Catholic Church to hold first Plenary Council in 80 years

Vatican News covers the story that the Australian Catholic Church, with the approval of Pope Francis, will hold a Plenary Council in 2020 to discuss its way forward in light of the challenges it faces in contemporary society.
With speculation that arrangements for Pope Francis' visit to Ireland will be announced this week would it be too much to hope that a Council like Australia's could be called for Ireland. It might have more lasting benefit that a Papal visit.

20Mar 20 March: Tue. of Week 5 of Lent

Tuesday of Week 5 of Lent

19Mar “Your God is too small“ – Hawking

Seamus Ahearne casts and eye over recent happenings.
"We celebrated St Patrick. Was his father a deacon and his grandfather a priest? I don’t know. The accretions of history have decorated the story and there is great unsureness. But it doesn’t matter really, the essentials of faith and mission have survived. His Confessions are delightful in their simplicity; evocative as a story; inspirational in how God works despite our own shortcomings."

19Mar 19 March: St Joseph, Husband of the BVM

1st Reading: 2 Samuel (7:4-6, 12-14, 16)

From David’s offspring will come the universal King

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the … Read the rest