26Jul 26 July. Thursday, Week 16

1st Reading: Jeremiah (2:1-2; 7-8; 12-13.

The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem,

Thus says the Lord: I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride,
how … Read the rest

25Jul 25 July. St James, Apostle (Feast)

1st Reading: 2 Corinthians (4:7-15)

Grace is like a treasure in a clay jar. The apostle can endure whatever comes

We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to … Read the rest

24Jul Summertime and the living is easy (Gershwin)

Seamus Ahearne finds the 'living is easy' in summertime.
"The unexpected has to happen or we have to believe in the surprises of life. The unlikely does occur. ‘Summertime and the living is easy.’ That may not be so always. But in faith and with God, there is always a summertime.  The life of grace. The life of wonder. The life of love. It is there. Our church cannot be dour."

24Jul The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis – A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland?

With thanks to Gerry O Hanlon and The Messenger we include the Introduction to Gerry's new book.

Gerry O Hanlon sj has just published a book on Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in Ireland which may be of interest to readers of the web-site. More info available at Messenger web site.

24Jul 24 July. Tuesday, Week 16

1st Reading: Micah (7:14-15, 18-20)

Israel’s God is always faithful and forgiving

Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed … Read the rest

23Jul Fifty years on and still a disputed question

Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times, Friday 20 July 2018, suggests that "So after fifty years, where do we now stand? Acceptance of Humanae Vitae is a matter that has worried the consciences of older Catholics since it was first promulgated; for our children and grandchildren it is a matter of little consequence. Their decision has been reached in the light of practice and is unlikely to change."

23Jul Chaplains – Irish Prison Service, Nationwide,  permanent full and part-time positions available

Chaplains - Irish Prison Service, Nationwide,  permanent full and part-time positions available

23Jul 23 July. St Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe (Feast)

1st Reading: Galatians (2:19-20)

It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me

For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with … Read the rest

22Jul Presider’s Page for 22 July (Ordinary Time 16)

Our God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock: the Lord cares for us in all our needs.

22Jul 22 July. 16th Sunday

1st Reading: Jeremiah (23:1-6)

I will raise up for David a righteous Branch

The Lord says, “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the … Read the rest

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