Today's Homily Resource

14 August. Tuesday, Week 19

1st Reading: Ezekiel (2:8-3:4)

The prophet eats the scroll, so he can speak the word of God

The Lord said to me, “But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open …



24Jul Summertime and the living is easy (Gershwin)

Summertime and the living is easy (Gershwin)

July 24th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne finds the 'living is easy' in summertime.
"The unexpected has to happen or we have to believe in the surprises of life. The unlikely does occur. ‘Summertime and the living is easy.’ That may not be so always. But in faith and with God, there is always a summertime.  The life of grace. The life of wonder. The life of love. It is there. Our church cannot be dour."

24Jul The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis – A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland?

The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis – A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland?

July 24th, 2018

Updated
With thanks to Gerry O Hanlon and The Messenger we include the Introduction to Gerry's new book.

Gerry O Hanlon sj has just published a book on Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in Ireland which may be of interest to readers of the web-site. More info available at Messenger web site.

23Jul Fifty years on and still a disputed question

Fifty years on and still a disputed question

July 23rd, 2018

Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times, Friday 20 July 2018, suggests that "So after fifty years, where do we now stand? Acceptance of Humanae Vitae is a matter that has worried the consciences of older Catholics since it was first promulgated; for our children and grandchildren it is a matter of little consequence. Their decision has been reached in the light of practice and is unlikely to change."

23Jul Chaplains – Irish Prison Service, Nationwide,  permanent full and part-time positions available

Chaplains – Irish Prison Service, Nationwide,  permanent full and part-time positions available

July 23rd, 2018

Chaplains - Irish Prison Service, Nationwide,  permanent full and part-time positions available

17Jul ACP Public Meetings – “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”

ACP Public Meetings – “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”

July 17th, 2018

The ACP  will host 4 public regional meetings ahead of the Papal visit.
The theme  of the meetings is  “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”
These meetings are open to everybody.

12Jul The curious case of the Archbishop’s comments.

The curious case of the Archbishop’s comments.

July 12th, 2018

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People suggests that "Part of the problem we have in the Irish Catholic Church is that little respect was given to the critical voices that time and again warned against the icebergs stalking our voyage. A lack of vision, a failure in leadership and an inability to cope with the complexities of a changing world meant that the uncritical voices, especially those that echoed official thinking, were given an inordinate influence in the last few decades. And anyone who didn’t subscribe to the old conservatism was taken out in some shape or form."

08Jul A Broken Dream

A Broken Dream

July 8th, 2018

Chris McDonnell  writing in the Catholic Times on Friday 06 July comments on the shattering of the 'American Dream'.
"The current argument in the US is not between Democrats and Republicans; it is between decency and autocracy."
""It is a time when the Christian voice of compassion and care must be strong in defence of those who have little, whose strength is insufficient to meet the challenge that they face."

08Jul “Always say …… Always say”

“Always say …… Always say”

July 8th, 2018

Reflecting on his life's experiences Brian Fahy reminds us how so many people who were strong and experienced in so many theatres of life were reduced to silence simply by the fact that the Church loomed too large in its authority.
"Let us encourage one another to speak and say how we feel and not allow the often, unconscious forces of power to suppress or stifle the truth that needs to be said and heard."

06Jul ‘You are the sunshine of my life.’

‘You are the sunshine of my life.’

July 6th, 2018

We marvel that in Ireland the sun still shines after a couple of weeks of summer weather and Seamus Ahearne gets in the humour to write.
"The sun shines. Faces smile. Hearts are lifted.  There is warmth in the air. There is chatter in the companionship of life. We feel better. We walk with a spring in our steps. The world around us is a revelation of mystery ............. In the dull days of faith, we need to catch the beauty and brightness of God among us. Faith cannot be fearful. God cannot be dour."

02Jul The annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

The annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

July 2nd, 2018

The National Catholic Reporter has a story on the annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP). It says the conference "heard calls for the church to focus on young Catholics, embrace the pastoral theology of Pope Francis, and affirm the Second Vatican Council's theological spadework.
In both his opening evening welcome and homily during the June 27 Mass, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, lauded the group, calling it 'a wonderfully powerful and necessary voice' and 'voice of hope and joy.' "




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