Today's Homily Resource

Christ the King of the Universe

How to honour Christ as our king



Today's Homily Resource

23rd November. Christ the King of the Universe

The disciple of Christ the King cannot afford the luxury of living in a gated community, resolutely secure in a fortress, comfortably "keeping myself to myself" with the lame claim that "I do nobody any harm." To recognise Jesus Christ as our Shepherd-king involves being carers or shepherds in some way ourselves; for the work of the Kingdom goes on until he comes again...



Today's Homily Resource

22nd November. Saturday of Week 33.

"At the resurrection, whose wife will she be?" The woman who had successively married seven husbands is only a story that was told and repeated, probably to the embarrassment of women. Jesus wrong-foots his questioners by answering their question in an unexpected way, to reflect on the nature of life after death and the form human bodies will take at the resurrection...



20Nov Light in the darkness

Light in the darkness

November 20th, 2014

Chris McDonnell reflects on the Rosetta Mission and the landing of Philae on the Comet 67P.
'We cannot begin to understand the enormity of the God in whom we believe. We can only appreciate those moments of blinding transformation when he illuminates our lives....'

20Nov Time to prioritise Catholic Social Teaching?

Time to prioritise Catholic Social Teaching?

November 20th, 2014

Sean O'Conaill asks 'who is to address the question of the church’s relevance to the wider spiritual and moral crisis of Irish society?'

17Nov Homily of Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, to the Association of Papal Knights

Homily of Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, to the Association of Papal Knights

November 17th, 2014

Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, in a recent homily commented on 'Evangelii Gaudium', the recent apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. He said that Pope Francis has called for a Church which ‘goes forth’, for a Church which as a spiritual home keeps its doors permanently open.
For this, he said, we need, more than anything else now, trained and committed personnel on the ground. Priests, of course, but also full and part time lay evangelists.

17Nov Vatican allows married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

Vatican allows married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

November 17th, 2014

Pope Francis has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories.

17Nov A place made Holy

A place made Holy

November 17th, 2014

Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column sees the refurbishment of the parish church of Moygownagh, Co. Mayo, as an act of faith in the future and a fitting tribute to the past. For the local parish community community it is a sacred place that enshrines the most precious moments of our lives.

15Nov Scout for “talent” Sunday

Scout for “talent” Sunday

November 15th, 2014

The richness of a parable is that it can carry more than one implication. This is true also of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.
Padraig McCarthy

13Nov Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) Open Information Event, Belfast, Saturday 6th December 2014

Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) Open Information Event, Belfast, Saturday 6th December 2014

November 13th, 2014

Theme:
"Helping the Church to become self-critical:
Why the laity are best equipped for this role"

11Nov Fact or Fiction : Real or Imaginary.

Fact or Fiction : Real or Imaginary.

November 11th, 2014

Seamus Ahearne wonders if he serves a "fictional parish or is this how it now is? I must say I enjoy it how it is. New Missals and such language is totally irrelevant. A new language is absolutely essential. Liturgy (if it is real) connects with the experiences of the local community. It is their pictures that matter with the God of surprises."

11Nov Srs. Marie Duddy and Frances Forde; a reflection

Srs. Marie Duddy and Frances Forde; a reflection

November 11th, 2014

Brian McKee, Director, Seedlings, offers this reflection on the impact of the lives and work of Sr Frances Forde and Sr. Marie Duddy who sadly died in a road traffic accident.

A married man, Brian works with the Passionists as Director of Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, near Belfast, and in the parish of Holy Cross, Ardoyne in the work of peace and reconciliation. www.seedlingsireland.com

11Nov The recent Synod; the penny drops!

The recent Synod; the penny drops!

November 11th, 2014

'Synods of bishops for decades have been highly embarrassing gatherings.'
Brendan Hoban in his Western People column takes a look at the recent Synod of bishops.
'Representatives of bishops from around the world usually gathered in Rome, dressed immaculately for the occasion and delivered set speeches – all in the knowledge that the final statement was already drafted before they had left home!'
This time it was different;
'At the opening Francis spelled it out in no uncertain terms for delegates: debate, say what you think; don’t be afraid to speak your mind.'