31Mar March 31, 2021. Wednesday in Holy Week

The Son of Man must go as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born." Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" He replied, "You have said so."

30Mar Séamus Ahearne: Caught between the Suez and the Tolka…


‘Ever Given’ as a symbol

There is trouble in Paradise:

My body rhythms are confused. This Summer hour change, has knocked me out of kilter. It has affected others too; they are missing in the mornings. Only the birds … Read the rest

30Mar March 30, 2021. Tuesday in Holy Week

Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward." Peter said to him, "Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

29Mar March 29, 2021. Monday in Holy Week

Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

28Mar Presider’s Page for 28 March (Palm Sunday)

Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help in understanding their significance.

28Mar March 28, 2021. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

27Mar Tony Flannery – interview with Síle Seoige – podcast

Tony Flannery : Refusing to be Silence‪d‬

– an interview with Síle Seoige

This week my guest is Redemptorist priest and religious writer, Tony Flannery.

Tony has gained a reputation for being a controversial figure within the Catholic Church but

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27Mar Bishop Paul Dempsey:…The deeper problem arises in the sphere of language, at best it is experienced as cold and distant, at worst hurtful and offensive…

Reflection by Bishop Paul Dempsey to mark Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris Laetitia Family Year’

On 19 March 2021, the Feast of Saint Joseph, the Church celebrated five years since the publication of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The

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27Mar March 27, 2021. Saturday of Week 5 of Lent

Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?"

26Mar Brendan Hoban: Wishing a fair wind to the Synod

Church’s Great Council is finally back on track

Western People 23.3.2021

As regular readers of this column will know, the Second Vatican Council has long been a telling reference point for me. In summary, at the invitation of Pope John … Read the rest