Aug 31, 2014

For those moments when it seems a bit much, just a quick reminder

31 August 2014 - Trocaire's appeal for Middle East - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

The SS102fm team is back with an almost full contingent on air this morning with John, Lorraine, Anne and the welcome return of Michael Keating to studio. On this weeks programme we have an interview with Caoimhe de Barra who is the International Director of Trocaire and she is talking about Trocaire's work. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other odds and ends.
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Trócaire works in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In 2013-14, their programme work had a direct impact on the lives of over 3.4 million people in these regions. Trócaire delivers support through local partner organisations and churches, helping communities and families to free themselves from the oppression of poverty.

In Ireland, they raise awareness about the causes of poverty through their outreach programmes in the education sector, through parish networks, and through their public campaigns and advocacy work.

Trócaire has committed humanitarian aid to respond to the urgent needs of civilians from minority communities in northern Iraq, who have fled their homes under threat of attack from the militant group, Islamic State (formerly ISIS). A major humanitarian crisis has unfolded in the region, with 850,000 people fleeing in the last two months alone to escape brutal attacks by IS, as it seeks to extend its control across the region. The total displaced since the start of the year stands at 1.4 million.

“The lives of thousands of people from minorities in Iraq, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, are in critical danger, as this humanitarian crisis escalates,” said Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire.

“People trapped in conflict zones are seeking shelter wherever they can find safety, often in churches and temples, and are in desperate need of urgent emergency aid."

“Trócaire is working with our partners in northern Iraq to assess the needs of these people and has committed an initial €300,000 to respond to this evolving emergency.”

Trócaire is appealing for your support for their efforts to deliver emergency aid to Gaza and their work towards a just peace in the region. Conflict in Gaza has killed over 1,800 civilians and displaced more than 485,000 people. They are also working with partners in Israel and the West Bank to build a just peace based on a respect for human rights.


For more information and to donate to our Gaza appeal -

You can listen to Caoimhe de Barra's interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 16:21-27

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done

Other reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds and ends

Saints of the Week

September 1st  - Bl Pedro Rivera
September 2nd - St Margaret of Louvain
September 3rd - St Pope Gregory the Great
September 4th - Saint Macanisius
September 5th - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (First Friday)
September 6th - Saint Maccallin of Lusk

Pope's Intentions for September

  • Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
  • Service to the poor. That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.
  • Aug 24, 2014

    24th August - Reflecting on Prayer - 21st Sunday in Ordinary time (Year A)

    The SS102fm team makes a return to the airwaves this week after a couple of weeks break as well as some delays due to technical difficulties at WL102fm HQ in Newcastle West. We hope that our readers and listeners found some time and opportunity to have some "down time" over the summer to recharge the batteries.

    On this weeks programme John and Lorraine reflect on prayer and the different types of prayer. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel and some other liturgical odds and ends. 

    You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

    Reflecting on Prayer

    "Lord teach us to pray" was the cry of the apostles and sometimes it can be a difficult thing to do - or rather we can make it a difficult thing to do! St Teresa of Avila is often quoted as saying that "prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us". John and Lorraine reflect on prayer on this weeks programme.

    You can listen to this section of the programme excerpted HERE.

    Gospel - Matthew 16: 13-20 - "Who do you say I AM?"

    "Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ."

    From Limerick Diocese weekly newsletter:

    It is important to know what the church teaches, what society says, what is news and what is everlasting. All these things inform us.  In fact, Jesus begins his teaching today by asking this - who do 'people' say I am? Whats the general opinion? whats the consensus? ...   Then he takes it to the next level:
    ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’
    After all the words, all the information, all the noise and opinions ... what do you believe? where do you stand? Do you have an answer? I wonder if any of the apostles felt a little shocked or upset at the question? They were following him, wasn't that enough! Why did they have to articulate it like this?
    We live in a world full of noise and information and ideas. We are easily manipulated into agreeing or disagreeing with the prevailing stories. We are advertised to, preached at, entertained. Sometimes its hard to slow down and know what is really our opinion, our belief. 
    Jesus challenges us today with this question "Who do you say I am?". He does not ask it because he is unsure, he asks because he wants to know what you've learnt, how you're developing in faith. 
    Heres your homework this week then: In one paragraph, with only your own words and no quotes, answer Jesus question. Then bring that answer to some fellow Christians and share your thoughts.  Don't be afraid to struggle with the question - its a sign you're going deeper. Ask Gods help in prayer, that God might reveal to you what is true and good and divine. 
    You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. 
    Alleluia, Amen.

    Other reflections on this weeks gospel:

    Sunday Reflections
    Word on Fire
    English Dominicans
    Centre for Liturgy

    Liturgical odds and ends

    Saints of the Week

    25th August - St Louis of France
    27th August - St Monica
    28th August - St Augustine 
    29th August - The Beheading of St John the Baptist
    30th August - St Fiacre

    Aug 10, 2014

    Youth 2000 - Summer Festival 2014

    SS102fm has spoken to members of Y2K over the last few years and just a reminder that their upcoming summer festival is in Roscrea this year from 14th to 17th August.

    When will the festival take place?

    This year it is taking place from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th August 2014. Registration will begin at 6pm on Thursday evening.

    Where will the festival take place and how do I get there?

    It will take place at Cistercian College, Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. There are free buses from various locations around the country(online from June 2014). To book your place on the FREE BUS you MUST contact the relevant bus contact (booking online DOES NOT book your place on the bus.)

    What happens at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival?

    The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is full of variety. The festival includes inspiring talks, music, prayer, concert, workshops, dramas, share groups, reconciliation and healing service and Mass. It is a packed program but there is also time for chatting, sitting, relaxing, soccer and generally chilling out.

    Who can attend this?

    This is a youth event, so we are encouraging those aged between 16 - 35 years to attend. If you are over 35, this festival isn’t really for you although we do always need mature volunteers to help with the running the festival. If you're interested in coming along to help in some way, please contact the National Office on 01 6753690 to discuss this matter further. Any prospective volunteers will be required to be Garda vetted and referenced checked.

    Youth 2000 have recently joined iCatholic and have posted a number of videos online explaining who and what they are.

    Heroic Priesthood

    Holiness is heroism.

    Christ’s invitation to priesthood is an invitation to a way of life that is athletic in its intensity and heroic in its form.

    Discern the call.

    In this short film, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries in partnership with Spirit Juice Studios, Father Robert Barron and the seminarians of Mundelein Seminary present the demands and the joy of the priestly vocation.

    Aug 7, 2014

    The Growing Popularity of Eucharistic Adoration

    In this short video, John Howard, the Coordinator of the Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, amongst others, speak about the growing popularity of Eucharistic Adoration in Ireland.

    Aug 3, 2014

    August 3rd - Franciscan Friars of the Renewal - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    As we had technical difficulties on our programme when Br. Frantisek's interview was due to be aired, we have decided that it was just too good to miss, so we are replaying it on our programme this week...

    On this week's programme we have the third and final part of our interview with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal about their life and ministry. 

    You can listen to the podcast of this week's programme HERE

    Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Part 3)

                                                                                    This week we have the third and final part of our interview with the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal and this week we learn more about Br. Frantisek Marie and his vocation story.

    You can read more about the friars including the first and second part of this series of interviews HERE and HERE.

    You can listen to the interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

    Gospel - Matthew 14:13-21
    When Jesus received this news he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.

    When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food’. Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves’. But they answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish’. ‘Bring them here to me’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. 

    And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.
    If we look at today's Gospel, it may remind us of the actions of the Mass.  We bring our offerings to God. Jesus took the bread and the fish, He blessed the meal, broke the loaves, gave it to his disciples.  The same action takes place during our celebration of the Mass.  We bring our offerings to God - not just the bread and wine - but our whole lives, ourselves, our relationships, our joys, our worries, our dreams, our hopes are all offered to God on the paten.  Jesus takes our offerings and blesses them.  He consecrates the bread and wine to become His Body and Blood.  He consecrates us as His Body, members of His Church.  Nourished at the Table of the Lord, Jesus commissions us to go out and to give others 'something to eat' (Mt 14:16).  What can we give others for nourishment?  We can give them ourselves, our time, our talents, our help, our love, our support, but most of all, we can give others Jesus.  Pope Benedict reminds us that "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world." (Sacramentum Caritatis  88).

    Thanks to the Diocese of Limerick Facebook page for bringing the following thought-provoking prayer to our attention:

    A Pastoral Prayer based on Sunday's Gospel:

    We come believing in our emptiness,
    believing that we will never have enough,
    believing that what we have is unworthy.

    We come fearful of sharing,
    fearful of losing our tenuous grip on security,
    fearful of touching and knowing the pain of others.

    We come overwhelmed by the hunger,
    overwhelmed by the suffering of children near and far,
    overwhelmed by the endless tales of senseless violence, greed, and death.

    We come aching from the weight of the responsibility,
    aching from the chilling challenge of knowing our abundance,
    aching from the gnawing awareness that we have much to share.

    We come clinging to our meager lunches;
    bless them, and us.
    break them, and us.
    share them, and us.

    Pastoral Prayer (inspired by Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:4-13)~ written by Katherine Hawker, on Liturgy Outside From

    Reflections on this week's gospel:
    Sunday Reflections
    English Dominicans
    Word on Fire

    Centre for Liturgy

    Liturgical odds and ends
    Liturgy of the Hours - 18th week in ordinary time; Psalter week 2
    Saints of the week
    August 4th - St. John Vianney (the Cure of Ars)

    August 5th - St. Addal
    August 6th - The Transfiguration of the Lord
    August 7th - St. Cajetan
    August 8th - St. Dominic
    August 9th - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Patron of Europe

    Jul 26, 2014

    27th July 2014 - A Faith Journey: Martina O'Sullivan - 17th Sunday in Ordinary time

    On this weeks programme John and Lorraine are joined by Martina O'Sullivan who shares her faith journey with us. We have our regular Sunday gospel reflection as well as some liturgical odds and ends and some notices.

    You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

    Prayer for Peace by Pope Francis
    Lord God of peace, hear our prayer! We have tried so many times and over so many years to
    resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force
    of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

    Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace. Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarrelling into forgiveness.

    Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!

    A faith journey
    On this weeks pogramme Martina O'Sullivan from Abbeyfeale joins John and Lorraine to share her faith journey.
    Gospel - Matthew 13:44-52

    "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

    "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
    "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

    "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

    Reflections on this weeks gospel:

    Word on Fire
    English Dominicans
    Sunday Reflections
    Centre for Liturgy
    Blue Eyed Ennis

    Liturgical odds and ends

    Liturgy of the Hours - 17th week in ordinary time; Psalter week 1

    Saints of the Week

    July 28th - Blessed José Melchór García-Sampedro Suárez
    also St Innocent I (Pope)
    July 29th - Blessed José Melchór García-Sampedro Suárez
    also St Martha
    July 30th - Blessed Edward Powell
    July 31st - Saint Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits)
    August 1st - Martyrs of Nowogrodek (First Friday)
    also St Alphonsus Ligouri (founder of the Redemptorists)
    August 2nd - Our Lady of the Angels

    Pope's Intentions for August
  • That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
  • That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.

  • Jul 25, 2014

    Good News for Limerick Diocese - Ordination of Fr David Casey

    Newly ordained Limerick priest says he looks forward to his and the Church’s ‘new beginning’

    Fr David Casey with Bishop Brendan Leahy and priests following Fr Casey’s ordination at St. John’s Cathedral on Saturday
    The only priest ordained in the Limerick Diocese this year has said he sees his ministry and the challenges facing the Church as an opportunity for a ‘new beginning’.
    David Casey, 56, from O’Connell Avenue, was ordained by Bishop Brendan Leahy at St. John’s Cathedral on Saturday last, fulfilling a call he got as a child but one he put aside until the time was right.

    Son of the late Noel and Teresa Casey, both from Limerick, David says he fully appreciates the challenges facing the Church but that they present an opportunity to build again.

    “There needs to be a new beginning and it’s heartening to hear Bishop Leahy speak about this so often. Personally speaking, I am definitely making a new beginning coming into ministry at this hour of my life. It is also a time of new and much needed beginning for the Church and we are seeing the seeds of that being sown.

    “At a resources level alone, there are great challenges. There were five retirements this year in the Diocese and one ordination this year. Some parishes are already merged. Many of my colleagues in Britain are put into parishes on their own after barely a year and Ireland will catch up on that.

    “There are undoubted challenges but challenge is always an opportunity if you look at it the right way,” he said.

    Fr Casey joked that he looks at his ordination at 56 years of age as more of a ‘slow response’ than a late vocation. “I did feel this call as a young man but I put it aside. I had a friend who gave the homily at my first Mass and he spoke about the Pre-Vatican II approach to priesthood when ordination was seen as an 'arrival' but it is now looked at as more of a launch, an entry into a ministry of service.

    “There is a great sense of fulfilment, having put it off for so long and then having answered the question. This is the way for me.”

    One of six children, four brothers and one sister, David’s father Noel died when he was just three years old and he was raised at their O’Connell Avenue home by his mother Teresa, whom he said was very much foremost in his mind on Saturday at his ordination. He worked in real estate and in the antique trade but began planting the seeds of his future priesthood back in the 1990s when he studied Philosophy & Theology and did a Masters in Spirituality at the Milltown Institute, graduating with his Masters in 1997, the year his mother passed away.

    He submitted to ‘the call’ over four years ago when he began his studies for the priesthood at The Pontifical Beda College in Rome, which was founded in 1852 to form older men and often convert clergymen for Catholic priesthood.

    “I was there for four years and it was a great experience. It was a compact programme and I would have done much of my studies before I went there through my time at the Milltown Institute so I was not following the exact same programme as others,” he added.

    Speaking at Fr Casey’s ordination, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy reiterated Pope Francis’ call for priests to be men of mercy. “A lot of people today are wounded – as a result of the financial difficulties, as a result of scandals in the church, as a result of the rapidly changing developments in technology that can paradoxically leave people so alone together. In terms of the ordained ministry, speaking earlier this year to clergy, Pope Francis urged priests to be men of mercy.

    “As he put it, ‘in the image of the Good Shepherd, the priest is a man of mercy and compassion, close to his people and a servant to all. This is a pastoral criterion I would like to emphasize strongly: closeness. Closeness and service…closeness, nearness!... May whoever is wounded in life, in whatever way, find in him care and a sympathetic ear....’. The sacrament of Reconciliation is a particular manifestation of this but mercy should be our default setting in every encounter we have as priests,” he said.

    Bishop Leahy also emphasised the importance of a sense of ‘mission’ among priests today. “The Church is never an end in itself. As we read in the Gospel today, Jesus sent his apostles to ‘go out’ and we are to go out ‘so that the world might believe’. The world; not just those who come to Mass. Not just those who pay the dues. All the recent Popes have emphasised mission.” Continuing, Bishop Leahy added, “We need to provide platforms for young people to meet the Church as living communities. All of us, the lay faithful and priests, need to work together in a pastoral option for young people.”

    Bishop Brendan's homily is available HERE.

    Jul 19, 2014

    20th July 2014 - Apostolate of Eucaristic Adoration - 16th Sunday in Ordinary time

    On this weeks programme John is joined by Antoinette Monihan who tells us about the Apostolate of Eucharisic Adornation. We have our regular reflection on the gospel as well as some other liturgical odds and ends.

    A podcast of this week's programme is available here.

    The Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration

    Our Of The Blessed SacramentAnne Monihan joins John on the programme this week to tell listeners about the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration and in particular the gift of Adoration with Children.
    The Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration is an Association of Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, embracing God’s call to weekly Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, vision and mission, and accepting the challenge to live the Good News of Jesus Christ. This Apostolate is organised, maintained and developed by lay people.

    The Motto of the Apostolate is: “To Jesus through Mary”

    You can learn more about the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration at their website HERE.
    Gospel - Matthew 13:24 - 43

    Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
    “The kingdom of heaven may be likened
    to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
    While everyone was asleep his enemy came
    and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
    When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
    The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
    ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
    Where have the weeds come from?’
    He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
    His slaves said to him,
    ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
    He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
    you might uproot the wheat along with them.
    Let them grow together until harvest;
    then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
    “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
    but gather the wheat into my barn.”’

    Reflections on this weeks gospel:
    Word on Fire
    Sunday Reflections
    Centre for Liturgy

    Liturgical odds and ends

    Liturgy of the Hours -
    Saints of the Week

    July 21st - St Lawrence of Brandisi
    July 22nd - St Mary Magdelene
    July 23rd - Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna
    July 24th - Saint Declan of Ardmore
    July 25th - Saint James the Greater
    July 26th - Ss Joachim and Anne (parents of BVM)

    Jul 15, 2014

    July 15th - Feast of St Bonaventure - Blog Patron 2014

    Our blog  patron saint this year is the Franciscan saint, Bonaventure whose feast day falls on July 15th.
    You can find out more about him HERE.

    Jul 13, 2014

    13th July 2014 - Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (aka the Monks of Moyross) Part 3 - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    On this week's programme we have the third and final part of our interview with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal about their life and ministry. We have our reflection on the Sunday gospel which this week is the gospel for the fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

    You can listen to the podcast of this week's programme HERE

    Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Part 3)

                                                                                    This week we have the third and final part of our interview with the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal and this week we learn more about Br. Frantisek Marie and his vocation story.

    You can read more about the friars including the first and second part of this series of interviews HERE and HERE.

    You can listen to the interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

    Gospel - Matthew 13:1-23 

    Jesus said "Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!"
    Today's Gospel is a familiar one.  It recounts the parable of the Sower.  The danger with familiar parables is that we may gloss over them quickly and say to ourselves that we know the story.  The truth of the matter is that the parables have great depth and speak to us again and again depending on where we are in life. So it is with the parable of the Sower.  Jesus describes the different types of soil on which the seed, the word of God, falls.  

    In Lectio style we invite you today to put yourself into the parable - what type of soil are you today?  It is important to ask ourselves this daily, because depending on our openness to God's word, we fluctuate between the types of soil we are.  Some days we will be the rock - completely oblivious to God and to his message.  Some days we will be the little soil - how many times have we had a really positive faith experience maybe at a retreat and we promise to change some aspect of our lives as a result, but when we return home, we fall into our old routine again.  Some days we will be the soil with thorns when we let our cares and worries and burdens distract us from God's loving presence instead of entrusting our cares to him.  And some days, thank God, we are good soil - open to God's word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  

    The good news is that once we recognise what soil we are we can turn to God once more and invite him into our hearts and minds so that we may be that good soil once more.  Jesus never stops sewing the seed... how will we respond today?

    Reflections on this week's gospel:
    Sunday Reflections
    English Dominicans
    Word on Fire

    Centre for Liturgy

    Liturgical odds and ends
    Liturgy of the Hours - 15th week in ordinary time; Psalter week 3
    Saints of the week
    July 14th - St. Camillus de Lellis

    July 15th - St. Bonaventure - Patron Saint of our blog for 2014
    July 16th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    July 17th - Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne (Blesseds and Martyrs)
    July 18th - St. Frederick
    July 19th - St. Arsenius the Great

    Jul 10, 2014

    Having better fights about religion - Leah Libresco - iCatholic

    Leah Libresco, a popular US Catholic blogger, Yale graduate, and self described ‘geeky convert’, gave a talk in Dublin entitled 'Having Better Fights About Religion'.

    This talk, hosted by the Irish Catholic and introduced by Ben Conroy took place on July 2nd in St Marys, Bloomfield Ave, Morehampton Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 where The Irish Catholic offices are based. It was streamed live here on iCatholic

    Originally an atheist, Libresco started blogging for the online religion website Patheos as a way to debate and discuss religion. As a result of debating with Christians and atheists alike, Libresco converted to Catholicism in 2012. She currently works as an editorial assistant for The American Conservative and regularly writes on her blog ‘Unequally Yoked: a geeky convert picks fights in good faith’. She welcomes others to the conversation and encourages what she describes as ‘Having Better Fights’ – finding meaningful ways to have conversations with those whom you have ideological or religious differences.

    Wendy Grace interviews Leah Libresco, a popular US Catholic blogger on, before Leah gave a talk in Dublin on 2nd July.

    This talk, hosted by the Irish Catholic took place in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 where The Irish Catholic offices are based

    See -

    Follow Leah on twitter at @LeahLibresco