Today's Homily Resource

28th March. Saturday in 5th Week of Lent

Cynical but pragmatic

Pragmatism is a quality that is often admired in political leaders. Today's gospel has an example of a rather deadly form of political pragmatism, when the high priest Caiaphas declares to his colleagues, "it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed." Jesus was threatening the status quo, therefore he should be eliminated. ..



24Mar The failure of the Missal

The failure of the Missal

March 24th, 2015

Sean McDonagh reporting on the recent ACP leadership meeting tells us that the issue of the "New Missal" is still very much alive. "
Hopefully, the Irish Bishops will address this issue and, as a temporary solution, they will allow priests to use the 1998 translation of the Missal as suggested by the Bishop Donald Trautman."

23Mar Marriage Equality Referendum: ACP Statement

Marriage Equality Referendum: ACP Statement

March 23rd, 2015

"we appeal for a respectful and civilised debate in which the issues involved can be discussed in a calm and reasonable manner."

20Mar A fleeting thought on a solar eclipse

A fleeting thought on a solar eclipse

March 20th, 2015

"For God had made two huge lights, the sun and moon, to shine down upon the earth
— the larger one, the sun, to preside over the day and the smaller one, the moon, to preside through the night;" Gen 1:16

20Mar Love, Not Atonement

Love, Not Atonement

March 20th, 2015

Coming to Holy Week, we reflect on our Theology of the Cross, our Soteriology. This article from Richard Rohr OFM may be of interest in that reflection.
Pádraig McCarthy

17Mar They shall have mercy shown them …

They shall have mercy shown them …

March 17th, 2015

Donal Dorr offers a very practical way for the church to excercise mercy during the coming Jubilee Year of mercy announced by Pope Francis.

Is there more that we can do to prevent it being the damp squib that the Jubilee year of 2000 turned out to be?

15Mar While all the others were away at Mass (Seamus Heaney)……….

While all the others were away at Mass (Seamus Heaney)……….

March 15th, 2015

Seamus Ahearne finds hope in the language used by Pope Francis. "He talks in a new and real language. Is it possible that our bishops have the gumption to learn from him? Have they got the backbone to listen to Francis and to Gerald O Collins? The people aren’t coming to us. When they come; let’s talk in words that they understand."
The language we use in church has to connect to the reality of people's lives. "We have to knock down the walls of a Church that uses ‘bad language’ or shouts out meaningless rules about what family is. We all have to listen and learn."

11Mar When we vote in referendums we legislate for all citizens not just members of a church

When we vote in referendums we legislate for all citizens not just members of a church

March 11th, 2015

Iggy O Donovan offered his thoughts on the upcoming referendum in The Irish Times.
"The arguments crowd in on us from both sides. Much of life today is like that and we cannot off-load our troubled consciences on others, whether in church or State. We have to make our own decisions for ourselves."

10Mar Render unto Caesar

Render unto Caesar

March 10th, 2015

In his weekly Western People column Brendan Hoban welcomes the introduction of new regulations that will come into force governing the accounting for all church monies. These are a result of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), being established by the government last October.
"While the Church for years has encouraged openness and transparency at diocesan and parish level with mixed results now the new regulations will universally enforce a new, transparent regime in every parish in Ireland."

10Mar Open letter to English speaking bishops – Gerald O’Collins SJ

Open letter to English speaking bishops – Gerald O’Collins SJ

March 10th, 2015

Gerald O’Collins SJ writes to all English speaking bishops asking that they 'act quickly to help English-speaking Catholics participate more effectively in the liturgy.' Gerald suggests that the “Missal that wasn’t,” the 1998 translation be used.
Fr O’Collins SJ, who was a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome for 33 years, made his comments in a letter sent to The Tablet entitled “An open letter to English-speaking bishops”.

10Mar The ‘New’ Missal – the problem hasn’t gone away, yet.

The ‘New’ Missal – the problem hasn’t gone away, yet.

March 10th, 2015

Mattie Long reflects on the open letter Gerald O’Collins S.J. wrote to English speaking bishops concerning the continued use of the “new” missal. Added to this letter are the comments of Pope Francis on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the celebration of the first vernacular Mass celebrated by Pope Paul VI in 1965.
Mattie draws on James Dallen's 'What Kind of Ecclesiology?' to question the purpose of the 'new' missal.