31Aug Covid-19 also inspires morality debates, especially when it comes to vaccines.

The Tablet reports:

More bishops are pleading with their governments to give priority to ethically developed coronavirus vaccines, but many also are telling Catholics that not getting vaccinated is a more serious moral problem than using the problematic vaccines.

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13302/bishops-debate-morality-of-possible-covid-19-vaccineRead the rest

31Aug Foreign born priests ministering in America – similar experience to those in Ireland?

Ireland is not the only country with foreign born priests in ministry. This is an interesting look at some of the experiences of foreign born priests ministering in America.

It is taken from the NCR:

When Atlanta Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer … Read the rest

31Aug 31 August, 2020. Monday of Week 22

When he read from the scroll of Isaiah and then sat down to comment on the reading, Jesus indentified himself with two famous prophets, Elijah and Elisha. Oddly, stating this broad scope for his mission made the villagers of Nazareth angry. Since he was one of their own they expected to get special treatment from him. But Jesus has come for all. His aims have not changed. If he has any favourites it is those who are most needy in body, mind, or spirit. He still reaches out to those who need him. All he asks is that we receive him on his own terms, which the Nazareth villagers could not do. The Lord is always close to all of us; it is our need, our suffering, whatever form it takes, which can bring us close to him.

30Aug Presider’s Page for 30 August (Ordinary Time 22)

We gather to praise God and to ask for help and grace. We know the difficulties that can come when we try to live the right way. Often the road of life is like the way of the cross.

30Aug 30 August, 2020. 22nd Sunday, Year A

We might overly focus on the "renunciation" in today's Gospel so as to miss its positive aspect. All growth, all lasting achievement demands effort and sacrifice. Yet the sacrifice can be a satisfying part of experience, when orientated towards a high and valued goal. (Examples: athletic training; mountain-climbing; studying a language; practising any skill.) So, the self discipline involved in Christian life, and accepting the circumstances in which God places us, contribute to our personal destiny. And we look forward in hope to the great reward of loyal service -- when the Son of man, coming in glory, will reward all according to their behaviour.

29Aug 29 August, 2020. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Jesus spoke of John as a "burning and shining lamp." John the Baptist is a great inspiration to us to allow the light of our faith to shine, the light of the gospel, even when it is not popular or convenient to do so. Our calling is to allow the light we have received in baptism to shine brightly, in season and out of season. In his first encyclical, "Light of Faith," Pope Francis declares, "there is an urgent need to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God."

28Aug Columbans promote Season of Creation with podcasts

Vatican News website is reporting:

The podcasts explore biodiversity and related issues of Catholic social teaching as lived in a variety of contexts where Columban missionaries are working.

By Robin Gomes

The Missionary Society of St. Columban, commonly known as … Read the rest

28Aug Facing down the Catholic Church’s crocodile – the weekly Western People article from Brendan Hoban

Facing down the Catholic Church’s crocodile                   

Western People 25th August 2020

Last week in this column, in commenting on the on-going war being waged in the Church today for the heart and soul of Catholicism, I suggested that ‘the … Read the rest

28Aug 28 August, 2020. Friday of Week 21

When the Lord calls us to be his followers, it is always for the long haul; he looks to us to keep our light burning right to the very end, through the good times and the bad times. Earlier in Matthew's gospel Jesus had addressed his disciples as the light of the world and called on them to let their light shine so that people might see their good works and give glory to God for them. Keeping our lamps burning, letting our light shine to the end, amounts to doing the good works the Lord calls on us to do, for as long as we are able to do them.

27Aug Interview on Midwest Radio with Achonry Bishop-elect Paul Dempsey

In January, Pope Francis appointed Fr Paul Dempsey, a priest of the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin diocese to be the new Bishop of Achonry. His episcopal ordination will take place this Sunday in St. Nathy’s Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen at 3 … Read the rest