My Friend who said YES to God

17th June 2021

James Lambe – 7th July 1998 –  17th May 2021     It should come as no surprise to anyone if I say that the past month has been a very special God-given time during which we were blessed to see Him putting the finishing touches to one of His rare masterpieces – as we gathered…read more

Ignatius 500

20th May 2021

A year-long series of events worldwide is planned to mark the 500th anniversary of ‘the conversion’ moment of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The anniversary begins with the launch of the Ignatian Year 2021-2022 this May since the seeds of his conversion were sown in the siege at Pamplona in May…read more

Cannonballs and Bombshells

20th May 2021

0/20 means perfect vision, but we never saw this coming – this year of COVID 19. A world turned upside down. But the world has been upended many times before throughout history – be it by pandemics like the Black Death or the Spanish ‘Flu’ or by self-inflicted injuries such as the twin world wars…read more

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! St Joseph the Worker

4th May 2021

Question-time: Q.1 Do you know the origin of the famous Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Call  ? If you don’t – well, never mind – for you can find that out soon enough, I promise! *** Q.2 Do you know the origin of the May Day celebrations around the world on this first day of the fifth…read more

You Can Show No Greater Love

8th April 2021

The Gospel of the Mass on Holy Thursday, celebrating the Institution of the Eucharist – is St John’s account of the Last Supper. He, alone of all the Evangelists, does not record Christ’s words This is My Body – this is My Blood. Rather does he concentrate on what Jesus did in the symbolism of…read more

Standing in the Strength of Silence

19th March 2021

Next week will see the beginning of the Easter Holidays – and, on this coming Sunday, what used to be called Passiontide begins. It is a period of two weeks leading to the Holy Week Triduum – the three days when the Church celebrates the Last Supper and the Passion and Death of Christ –…read more

Jesus at the Forty-Foot

17th February 2021

To-day sees us arrive at Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. This has always been considered, especially in Ireland – as a time of fasting and of efforts to repent – of doing penance and reaching out – and always with the special reminder that we are-dust-and-to-dust-shall-return.   Who would have thought this-time-last-year [Ash…read more

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”.

19th January 2021

The King’s Speech is a very well-known film which was a huge success when first produced in 2010. It tells the story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer which presented a problem for public speaking. The climax of the film comes as he addresses his subjects across the world in the British…read more

 Light and the sound of music in Hezekiah’s Tunnel

22nd December 2020

Readers of former encyclicals will have made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Xenophon and Tantalus  – and of Dag Hammarskjold and my Lourdes Pal – little Anne Marie. Now may I introduce another friend, Hezekiah – King of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC – famous for holding out against the siege of Sennacherib,…read more

Answering Pope Francis’ Call – a Parish Community’s Response.

15th December 2020

Saturday, 12th December 2020, was a sad day for us in Clongowes as we bade good-bye to our nearest neighbours ……….. but we did so with joy in our hearts – glad to be sad!   What a strange conflict of emotions, you may say  ………… Well, read on! Some years ago – at the height…read more

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