Today's Homily Resource

1st February. 4th Sunday of the Year

Forces of good and of evil
In the days of Jesus on earth, people called different evil forces 'demons'. Jesus himself recognised one super-force behind them all. He named it 'the EVIL ONE' - also known in his day as 'the Devil', 'Lucifer', and 'Beelzebub'...



31Jan Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference

Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference

January 31st, 2015

A Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture meets in Rome 4-7 February 2015, with the above theme.

29Jan Tony Flannery to speak at 2nd ACI Meeting in Belfast – Saturday 21st Feb 2015

Tony Flannery to speak at 2nd ACI Meeting in Belfast – Saturday 21st Feb 2015

January 29th, 2015

Notice from the Association of Catholics in Ireland

28Jan International day of prayer against human trafficking

International day of prayer against human trafficking

January 28th, 2015

Soline Humbert reminds us of an international day of prayer against human trafficking on 08 February.

22Jan Whose A La Carte Menu? Exploring Catholic themes in context.

Whose A La Carte Menu? Exploring Catholic themes in context.

January 22nd, 2015

Tony Flannery reviews a new book by Angela Hanley, Athlone based theologian.
Whose A La Carte Menu will be launched on Sunday, February 1st, in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone at 5.00pm.

20Jan A gathering of peoples

A gathering of peoples

January 20th, 2015

Chris McDonnell responding to Brendan Hoban's article and recent events sees hope in the meeting of Pope Francis and Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram and its message of "peaceful understanding between peoples, of religious tolerance and of care not to offend."
However the reality of the world is that some will continue to go on insulting anyone they choose and "This is the reality we must live with, always willing to respond to what we perceive as unjust comment, always preserving the right for opinion to be expressed, but always careful that violent reaction is not the outcome of thoughtless words."

20Jan An absolute right to freedom of speech?

An absolute right to freedom of speech?

January 20th, 2015

Brendan Hoban, in the Western People, muses about the rights and responsibilities of freedom of speech.
"While the right to free expression is important and should be defended, it’s not an absolute right. And those who are prepared to hurt and offend should not see it as a fail-safe or catch-all defence for their bigotry, of whatever hue."

20Jan Former Anglican married priest to take over Catholic parish

Former Anglican married priest to take over Catholic parish

January 20th, 2015

Brian Eyre expresses concerns about the illogical norms that are being followed in ordaining married men, former Anglican priests, while excluding Catholic priests who wish to marry from official ministry.

15Jan Let Battle Commence

Let Battle Commence

January 15th, 2015

Gabriel Daly OSA writes that " In a body as large and as culturally diverse as the Catholic Church, discrepant and irreconcilable attitudes are inevitable. We should try to live with them, not pretend that it is necessary – or even desirable – to smooth them over. "
Gabriel reminds us that "The truth and the will of God may actually be found in the clash of ideas and convictions expressed freely and without the threat of institutional interference."

15Jan Climate Change and an Encyclical on the Environment

Climate Change and an Encyclical on the Environment

January 15th, 2015

Sean McDonagh tells us that the most important part of the forthcoming encyclical on the environment by Pope Francis is that it develops a credible and adequate theology of creation.

14Jan Synod on the Family – Second Consultation

Synod on the Family – Second Consultation

January 14th, 2015

Australia's catholic bishops have produced a new questionnaire of 30 questions, based on the 46 proposed by the Vatican, to survey Catholics' attitudes to issues relating to family life. The consultation is to help inform October's Synod on the Family.