Today's Homily Resource

25 July. Feast of Saint James, Apostle

1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

The grace of God is like a treasure in a clay jar. The apostle is willing to die, that the others may have life

We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may …



18Jul Some cardinals should see red!

Some cardinals should see red!

July 18th, 2016

Brendan Hoban in the Western People suggests it's time that Cardinals who are obstructing the reforms of Pope Francis should be called to order.
"Francis has very publicly told members of the Roman Curia that they often suffered from 'the pathology of power' which produced ' a superiority complex' "

15Jul Father Sean Fagan RIP — a brief appreciation

Father Sean Fagan RIP — a brief appreciation

July 15th, 2016

It was with great sadness that the ACP learned of the death of Fr. Sean Fagan.
May the Lord grant him peace.
Tony Flannery penned a brief appreciation on learning of Sean's death.

15Jul The Judas Iscariot Lunch

The Judas Iscariot Lunch

July 15th, 2016

'The Judas Iscariot Lunch' , a documentary, features 13 former Columban missionary priests including Joe O Grady from Cloonacool, County Sligo.
It is is a story about faith, religion, love and life after the priesthood.
This documentary, often funny, sometimes sad, is beautiful, raw and thought-provoking.

11Jul No Need to Face East: Cardinal Sarah corrected by Pope Francis

No Need to Face East: Cardinal Sarah corrected by Pope Francis

July 11th, 2016

Praytellblog and http://aleteia.org are reporting that Pope Francis summoned Cardinal Sarah to a meeting last Saturday following the latter's call for priests to face east while celebrating Mass from next Advent.
A statement was issued by Press Office of the Holy See, 11/07/2016.
"There are not, therefore, any new liturgical directives beginning next Advent" and "it is best to avoid using the expression 'reform of the reform', referring to the liturgy, as sometimes it has been a source of misunderstanding "

09Jul International Conference of Reform Movements in Chicago

International Conference of Reform Movements in Chicago

July 9th, 2016

Tony Flannery reports on the the third International Conference of Reform Movements which is scheduled for Chicago next October.
"we aim to enter into deep dialogue, understanding our similarities and our differences, enjoying our diversity and finding common ground leading to common action. In this way we hope to strengthen our commitment, and energise our work, for Church reform."

07Jul The accusers stand accused

The accusers stand accused

July 7th, 2016

Sarah Mac Donald writes in NCR about the experience of Gerry Moloney at the hands of the CDF.
"You are tried, found guilty and sentenced, before you even know you were on trial. And yet the gospel tells us that people will 'know we are Christians by our love.' "

05Jul Nero fiddled … Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

Nero fiddled … Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent

July 5th, 2016

Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent ....... Really, he did!

04Jul A failure of imagination and courage

A failure of imagination and courage

July 4th, 2016

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People continues to question when the bishops will find the courage and imagination to face the 'vocation crisis' in the Church in Ireland.
"The simple truth is that the problem with vocations to the priesthood is that young Irish men are no longer saying YES to a celibate vocation, their parents are encouraging them to say No and the vast majority of priests in parishes know that prioritising celibacy over the Eucharist is not just bad theology, it isn’t working."

03Jul Into Extra Time

Into Extra Time

July 3rd, 2016

Brendan Hoban reviews Michael Paul Gallagher's "Into Extra Time."

'Michael Paul worried that publishing such a personal narrative would seem to inflate his own experience or appear too self-centred and pious and he found writing a book that would be read only when he was dead a strange moment in his life. But he need not have worried. It is, I believe, the most important book he has written.'

28Jun All are Welcome

All are Welcome

June 28th, 2016

A monthly celebration of Sunday Mass in Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue (off Morehampton Road), Donnybrook, Dublin 4, at which all are welcome, with a particular welcome for lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) people, their parents, family members, and friends.
Celebrants have included Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and diocesan and religious priests.