At 12 noon today, Wednesday 25th March, 2020 on the Feast of the Annunciation of Mary, families, individuals and religious communities joined with bishops and priests from all over the island of Ireland in consecrating the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for strength and protection from the Coronavirus, Covid-19. This Consecration also coincided with an ...Read More »..
Tuesday, February 11 2020 is World Day of the Sick an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. On this day people around the world take the time to pray for the health of the sick and for ...Read More »..
Word of God Sunday is on Sunday 26th January 2020, falling close to the Day of Dialogue between Jews and Catholics and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is a new annual observance announced by Pope Francis last year on 30 September 2019 on the Feast of St Jerome, the fifth-century saint who translated the Bible from Greek ...Read More »..
It is less than one week until the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 begins (WPCU). This is a week during which Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18–25 January, between the ...Read More »..
Presentation Day is happily approaching (the 21st November each year). An important date for Presentation people everywhere. Not just a day to celebrate, but so much more. In the course of Presentation Life jubilee celebrations are truly a moment to share great happiness (jubilate deo) and to celebrate a very particular journey both individually and as community. These are both ...Read More »..
As the National Ploughing Championships begin in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow in these days we are reminded of the vitality of our daily relationship with nature and of the inter-relatedness of all life; whether ‘walking lightly on the Earth’ or working in and for this ‘Our Common Home’. Through this experience we have the opportunity to ‘keep pace’ with the ...Read More »..
On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. Although the Assumption of Mary is not recorded in Scripture, the Church has vast historical knowledge regarding this early Christian celebration. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites there began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to ...Read More »..
Happy Feast of Mary Magdalene! In the rhythm of the Christian year, this is the day when we especially remember and celebrate this friend, and disciple of Jesus who, along with other women, provided support for his ministry. For proclaiming the news of Christ’s resurrection, the Magdalene became known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.” Mary Magdalene was a follower ...Read More »..
[…] contemplation is a very dangerous activity. It not only brings us face to face with God, it brings us, as well, face to face with the world, and then it brings us face to face with the self; and then, of course, something must be done. Something must be filled up, added to, freed from, begun again, ended at ...Read More »..
When you meet the other, whoever they are, stop. Just stop. Stop long enough to become present to their being as a door to Divine Presence. When you meet the other, whoever they are, bow. Just bow. Bow low enough to reverence their being as a gift held in existence by Divine Love. When you meet the other, whoever they ...Read More »..