23Jun 23 June, 2018. Sat. of Week 11

1st Reading: 2 Chronicles (24:17-25)

King Joash murders the son of the priest who had saved his life

After the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king listened to them. …

22Jun Midsummer Night’s Dream

Seamus Ahearne posts a mid-summer reflection. Among other issues he wonders if "When people look backwards and dump the blame for everything on the past – they simply are avoiding the responsibility of what is facing them at the moment....... It is so much easier to be apologetic about the past than it is to look at today."
He worries for Pope Francis "Why wouldn’t people leave him alone to get on with his business in Rome? We need him so badly and yet we waste his energy and time."
But this mid-summer Seamus tells us. "We can stand back and let all this seriousness and pomposity of life be smiled at."

22Jun 22 June, 2018. Fri. of Week 11

1st Reading: 2 Kings (11:1-4, 9-18, 20)

Athaliah seized the crown by violence. When she is executed, the covenant is renewed

When Athaliah, Ahaziah’s mother, saw that her son was dead, she set about to destroy all the royal family. …

21Jun ‘Do not Babble’

Brian Fahy's reflection on the 'Our Father' tells us "Babbling in God’s direction is not connection, and babbling in the direction of others is not kind conversation. Our media world is full of our babbling, noise and fury signifying nothing very much."
Perhaps all bloggers, tweeters, etc. should pay heed!

21Jun 21 June, 2018. Thurs. of Week 11

1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-14)

The miracles of Elijah… He will introduce the messianic era

Elijah arose, a prophet like fire,
and his word burned like a torch.
He brought a famine upon them,
and by his zeal he made them …

20Jun 20 June, 2018. Wed. of Week 11

(The Irish Martyrs (Memorial)

1st Reading: 2 Kings (2:1, 6-14)

After crossing the Jordan, Elijah is taken up to heaven, and his mantle falls to Elisha

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, …

19Jun 19 June, 2018. Tue. of Week 11

1st Reading: 1 Kings (21:17-29)

Ahab is blamed for murdering Naboth; then he repents

The word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now …

18Jun The International Church Reform Conference – A personal impression

Tony Flannery gives his impressions of the International Church Reform Conference that took place over five days last week in Pezinok, Slovakia.
"The variety of people was one of the striking factors, - from Estonia, Korea, Russia, Bulgaria, India, Argentina, Australia, and many other places, - fifteen countries in all. So it was a rich experience, being with such people over five days."

18Jun International Catholic Reform Network (ICRN) Conference; June 16, 2018

Press Release of the “International Catholic Reform Network” (ICRN) June 16, 2018

18Jun 18 June, 2018. Mon. of Week 11

1st Reading: 1 Kings (21:1-16)

After condemning poor Naboth, King Ahab seized his precious vineyard

Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. And Ahab said …

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