31May Presider’s Page for 31 May (Pentecost Sunday)

Today we celebrate the day when the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples. We share their fear, and ask for a new outpouring to give us courage and the grace to endure.

31May 31 May, 2020. Pentecost Sunday, Year A

On Pentecost day humanity appears at its best, Spirit-inspired, united and sharing in wisdom...

30May Pentecost – who did the Spirit descend upon?

Painting of Pentecost by Nora Kelly

30May 30 May, 2020. Saturday of Week 7 of Easter

God has something for each of us to do that no one else can do. Like Peter, we need to discern the particular calling the Lord has given to us personally...

29May ‘When the Holy Spirit has come upon you’: A lockdown liturgy for Christian Pentecost in 2020

Thomas O’Loughlin offers a home liturgy for Christian Pentecost in 2020

29May 29 May, 2020. Friday of Week 7 of Easter

The risen Lord asks all of us the same question he put to Peter, "Do you love me?" It is not an accusation but it calls us back into his friendship if in any way we have let him down.

28May ‘Crazy Dreams‘ for our Future – Pentecost

Seamus Ahearne writes of Pentecost, among other topics that caught his attention. "A new Spring. Speaking all languages – care, love, heart, understanding, acceptance, respect. Get rid of formality and functionality. Drop the apathy, lethargy, torpor.  Our Church should be bursting with life, with fire, with heart, with fun, with laughter, with hope, with excitement, with exuberance, with a sense of adventure."

28May To Keep People safe in Church

Two articles that remind us of the huge responsibility there is on all church members to ensure they are not risking life or health when re-opening after lockdowns.

An Irish Times story about a Dublin church being forced to close after ignoring regulations also covers the comment by Archbishop Martin of Dublin about the need to respect the sacrifices made by so many.
"The current public health policy has required sacrifice on the part of all of us. People have accepted that. I think of those who have had to bury a loved one without the normal process of grieving, with funeral rites limited to a bare minimum. We must show respect for those whose sacrifice has been greatest.
Public health policy will only work when its proposals and sequencing are fully respected by all. There is no room for self-dispensation from or self-interpretation of the norms. Jumping the queue by individuals or communities puts everyone at risk"
In another article

Michael J. O’Loughlin of americamagazine.org interviews a man we have become familiar with on our TV news programmes, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"“There have been situations in multiple countries where the source of the cluster was a church service,” he said. “That's the reason why we gotta be so careful about that.”
As a result, even if churches are open, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions should consider staying home, “because they really are at high risk,” he said. “It would be so tragic for someone who just comes to a place of worship, gets sick themselves, or gets infected and brings it home to an elderly person who might have a compromising comorbidity, and the person gets seriously ill and dies.”

28May 28 May, 2020. Thursday of Week 7 of Easter

Looking at the barriers often to ecumenical progress, we must hope our leaders realise that unity can only be reached by generous dialogue, not imposed by authority.

27May Writing straight with crooked lines

Chris McDonnell reviews Jim Forest's Writing straight with crooked lines