Today's Homily Resource

22 April. 4th Sun. of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Acts 4:8-12 ** Psalm 118 ** 1 John 3:1-2 ** John 10:11-18

1st Reading: Acts (4:8-12)

Only by the power of the risen Jesus can we be saved

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to the Jewish leaders, “Rulers …

02Apr Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Mass of Chrism – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Mass of Chrism – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

April 2nd, 2018

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Mass of Chrism -
"We must not think we have always to be in control, always to be ‘the fixers’, the ones with all the answers, forgetting that we too are human; we have our own sinfulness, vulnerabilities and needs. It is not a sign of weakness as a priest to admit that you sometimes fail, or need help and accompaniment."

29Mar Happy Easter

Happy Easter

March 29th, 2018

Sometimes it's good to stand back and take a break, especially from the frantic pace of life and especially from the often  frenetic world of social media and the internet.
Maybe it would be good for all of us to pause and slow down over the Easter period and take a rest from computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
Of course, if you wish, feel free to continue to post comments to the website over the Easter but comments will not be moderated or published until Easter Monday.

25Mar Vatican youth meeting

Vatican youth meeting

March 25th, 2018

Joshua J. McElwee reports in the National Catholic Reporter on the Vatican-hosted conference of some 300 young people meant to advise Catholic bishops on the needs of youth today and that they "acknowledged that some in their generation want the church to change its teachings on so-called "polemical issues" such as same-sex marriage and use of contraception."

23Mar Being alone does not work

Being alone does not work

March 23rd, 2018

Brian Fahy, reflecting on his own life experiences, decides that "Emotional self-sufficiency is a destructive notion. We need the interplay of one another and the learning processes that enable us to move into emotional inter-dependence if a healthy life is to ensue."
It is a timely reminder along with the call in The Tablet for seminary reform. "The seminary system dates from the sixteenth century, and aimed to produce experts in the Catholic faith. That’s all well and good; but there are other needs too. Modern priests should also be mature human beings who can understand the modern world without being absorbed by it."

22Mar Forever Moving On ….. But Never Stopping to Solve Problems

Forever Moving On ….. But Never Stopping to Solve Problems

March 22nd, 2018

Chris McDonnell in a recent article in the Catholic Times writes of student attempts in the U.S. to bring about reform in gun laws where adults fail or refuse to do so.
He asks "What can the Church contribute to the discussion?" "We are quick-and rightly so-to condemn abortion. This .. crisis is also a matter of right to life and demands courageous action."

20Mar Australian Catholic Church to hold first Plenary Council in 80 years

Australian Catholic Church to hold first Plenary Council in 80 years

March 20th, 2018

Vatican News covers the story that the Australian Catholic Church, with the approval of Pope Francis, will hold a Plenary Council in 2020 to discuss its way forward in light of the challenges it faces in contemporary society.
With speculation that arrangements for Pope Francis' visit to Ireland will be announced this week would it be too much to hope that a Council like Australia's could be called for Ireland. It might have more lasting benefit that a Papal visit.

19Mar “Your God is too small“ – Hawking

“Your God is too small“ – Hawking

March 19th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne casts and eye over recent happenings.
"We celebrated St Patrick. Was his father a deacon and his grandfather a priest? I don’t know. The accretions of history have decorated the story and there is great unsureness. But it doesn’t matter really, the essentials of faith and mission have survived. His Confessions are delightful in their simplicity; evocative as a story; inspirational in how God works despite our own shortcomings."

17Mar Association of Catholics Ireland – World Meeting of Families

Association of Catholics Ireland – World Meeting of Families

March 17th, 2018

"The ACI strongly supports Pope Francis in his desire to make the WMOF an inclusive occasion, open to all. Everyone who supports this approach will be concerned by recent interventions by some conservative elements in the church who appear ready to obstruct the inclusive and compassionate approach being advocated by Pope Francis. We must act to ensure that those in our church and our society who feel marginalised and unwanted have a forum where they can articulate their particular concerns and describe the realities of life for their families in Ireland today. A forum where they can speak freely, knowing that they will be heard with compassion and where their views will be respected.
To this end the ACI are planning a pre-WMOF public event for Saturday, 14th April 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2."

14Mar Plastics in the Oceans

Plastics in the Oceans

March 14th, 2018

Sean McDonagh draws our attention to important findings of research carried out by marine scientists of the National University of Ireland Galway on the amount of plastic in fish in the northwest Atlantic.
Sean asks 'Should the Churches be involved in protecting our oceans? Has a Justice and Peace group in any parish or diocese challenged the fact that our retail stores still force us to use single-use plastics?'. 

13Mar What to do about Cardinal Sarah

What to do about Cardinal Sarah

March 13th, 2018

Brendan Hoban looks at the latest statement by Cardinal Sarah."Sarah advocates receiving Communion on the tongue while kneeling as being more in line with tradition and more respectful than receiving it on the tongue.
He’s wrong on both counts."

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