26Aug Presider’s Page for 26 August (Ordinary Time 21)

We gather as people who have chosen to serve the Lord, chosen to walk the Christian way. We worship God who leads us on — and ask for strength to continue as we have begun.

26Aug 26 August. 21st Sunday

1st Reading: Joshua (24:1-2, 15-18)

When the people cross over to the Promised Land, will they continue to serve the true God?

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and … Read the rest

25Aug Speeches by An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar and Pope Francis In Dublin Castle

Speeches by An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar and Pope Francis In Dublin Castle.

An Taoiseach; "Holy Father, I believe that the time has now come for us to build a new relationship between church and state in Ireland – a new covenant for the 21st Century. It is my hope that your visit marks the opening of a new chapter in the relationship between Ireland and the Catholic Church.
Building on our intertwined history, and learning from our shared mistakes, it can be one in which religion is no longer at the centre of our society, but in which it still has an important place."

Pope Francis; "It is my prayer that Ireland, in listening to the polyphony of contemporary political and social discussion, will not be forgetful of the powerful strains of the Christian message that have sustained it in the past, and can continue to do so in the future."

25Aug 25 August. Saturday, Week 20

1st Reading: Ezekiel (43:1-7)

The glory of the Lord will return to the temple

The angel brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the … Read the rest

24Aug Raiding the Pockets of God

Seamus Ahearne worries about the overwhelming negativity that now dominates media news coverage. He asks “How can we (or do we) as a nation – help the youngsters and even the ould wans, sharpen the antennae to notice and celebrate the beauty and wonder of life, which has to be task of real Religion and real Education?”

24Aug Positive Realistic Expectations of Pope Francis’ Visit

Tony Flannery outlines his expectations of the papal visit in an article on his own website. The article also appeared in the Irish Independent.

24Aug 24 August. St Bartholomew, Apostle

1st Reading: Revelation (21:9-14)

The City of God has twelve gates, representing the twelve apostles

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show … Read the rest

23Aug In response to our hurting Church

A statement from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

23Aug What happened to Catholic Ireland?

BBC NI have published an article, prepared ahead of the Irish papal visit, on their website.

23Aug Chris McDonnell: in appreciation of Richard Sipe

When honesty comes at a price

Chris McDonnell 

We happen to live in a time when honesty is lacking. Maybe that has always been the case but in our own time through a wide variety of social media,Read the rest

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