31Mar Presider’s Page for 31 March (Lent 4 – Laetare)

We have reached the midway point of the season of Lent. The joy of Easter is within our reach and the parent of the prodigal son encourages us to rely on divine mercy.

31Mar 31 March: 4th Sunday of Lent

Luke 15 may be the best short story that was ever written. Some of its phrases are so powerful that they have become proverbial…

1st Reading: Joshua 5:9-12

The Israelites, free at last from slavery and humiliation in Egypt, enter

30Mar Saturday of Week 3 of Lent

30 March: Saturday of Week 3 of Lent

Prayer-words become genuine prayer only when joined to a humble love and search for God...

1st Reading: Hosea 5:15--6:6

God wants our love more than ritual sacrifice

29Mar Ireland’s Draft National Energy and Climate Plan Require Major Revision

Sean McDonagh argues that Ireland’s Draft National Energy and Climate Plan require major revisions.

29Mar Friday of Week 3 of Lent

29 March: Friday of Week 3 of Lent

Both readings deal illustrate conversion of heart, which is more than saying no to sin...

28Mar An Outsider Inside

Jo O'Sullivan writes about her experience of her struggle "with being a Catholic since the publication of the Murphy Report, when I first became aware of the total betrayal by the leaders of my church."

28Mar Thursday of Week 3 of Lent

28 March: Thursday of Week 3 of Lent

Helping the needy and the stranger should become second nature to us. Then we will be acting with the agency of God..

27Mar Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent

27 March: Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent

Following the word of God keeps us on the path of life...

26Mar Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent

26 March: Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent

Just as Daniel and his people survived and flourished, so the Gospel speaks of forgiveness and renewal...

25Mar The Christchurch Massacre – social media another tool of bigotry and terror

Brendan Hoban writes in his Western People column about the murder of worshippers in a Christchurch mosque and how social media meant "the world wide web was bringing live to the eyes of the world the personal holocaust he [the murderer] was inflicting on his victims."
"Uncontrolled and, it would seem, uncontrollable media have added to the effectiveness of those who can – apparently with impunity – inflict their warped ideologies on the public by perpetrating indefensible outrages, in an effort to publicise their malign philosophies."




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