01Jan Brendan Hoban: final Western People column of the year

Covid-19 thrives when people are selfish

Western People 29.12.2020

It was a conversation about selfishness. Grandparents and their adult children were talking about that unending topic – ‘Young people today’. The parents of teenagers were eloquently lauding the virtues of … Read the rest

01Jan Presider’s Page for 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2021, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. We pray that the world may be freed from COVID-19 through a global programme of vaccination. And as this is also World Peace Day, we pray for peace.

01Jan Bob Dylan: “Money doesn’t talk, it swears…”

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There are times when I think all our efforts at calling for reform in the church are really at an amateur level when compared with those who resist change and reform for whatever reason. But reading this … Read the rest

01Jan Séamus Ahearne on New Year’s Day…

Janus: Looks to the past. Looks to the future

Hidden language:

The Tolka. The river was slurping. Or gurgling. Or maybe even gargling. I think it was probably spluttering. Each a strange and different sound. The swans and even the … Read the rest

01Jan January 01. Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

Today, New Year's day, is a day when many feel drawn to make good resolutions. What better new year's resolution could we make today than that of adopting Mary's stance before the grace of God? Today's feast invites us to share in Mary's sense of awe and wonder before God's merciful love, made known to us in Christ, her son. As we look towards the new year, which begins today, we ask Mary to help us to treasure the gospel as she did, so that Christ might come to others through us as he came to us through Mary.