7 Feb 2016

Lenten Resources with Loyola Press - A Jesuit Ministry


Loyola Press is a ministry of the Jesuits and this year their Lenten resources is an excellent resource for your preparation and journey through Lent.

Click through HERE to their homepage to see the wide and varied resources available online or for which you can sign up this Lent with articles, prayers, reflections, short videos and other resources.

Prayer and Liturgy for our Diocesan Synod

Prayer is a central part of our Diocesan Synod.  During the week of the Synod, liturgies will be celebrated in parishes, pastoral areas and diocese. We have offered parishes information on the music for these liturgies so that choir members and others can prepare and fully participate – particularly in the opening and closing liturgies for Synod2016!

 
Opening Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist, chief celebrant Bishop Brendan Leahy.
Sunday 3rd April 2016 at 19:00 in St Johns Cathedral. 
  
Days of Prayer in Parishes:Parishes are asked to set aside specific times of public prayer for the success of our diocesan Synod on Monday April 4th and Tuesday April 5th .   This might be a normal time of prayer in the parish – before or after morning Mass, or a special event at a time suitable for all parishioners. A resource pack for this time will be sent out well in advance to parishes.

On Wednesday April 6th, there will be a Prayer Service in each Pastoral Area to which all parishioners are invited. This is being planned together with Pastoral Area teams, and PA secretaries have been asked for support in selecting a venue and time for these celebrations. Information will be circulated in advance.
  
Closing Liturgy:Celebration of the Eucharist, chief celebrant Bishop Brendan Leahy.
Sunday 10th April 2016 at 19:00 in St Johns Cathedral. 
 
 All are welcome to all these liturgies
 – we need your prayers and support as we all journey together this year!

More information about the liturgies and especially the music to be used including the Mass of St Ita with sheet music and downloadable audio clips are all available at the Synod website.

6 Feb 2016

7th February 2016 - Interview with the Nashville Dominicans - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On this weeks programme the SS102fm team are joined by a special guest all the way from Nashville, Tennessee - Sr Mara Grace Gore who introduces us to the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some liturgical odds and ends and notices.

The podcast of this weeks programme available HERE.

Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia (Nashville Dominicans)

(left to right): Sr. Rose Miriam, Sr. Mara Grace, Sr. Beatrice, Sr. Caitriona,
Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia who are coming to Limerick in Aug 2016
Sr Mara Grace joins us on this weeks programme to introduce us to the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia.

The Nashville Dominicans are establishing a community in Limerick diocese from August 2016 with the plan being for them to take up residence in the Dominican Friary on Glentworth St as the Dominican Friars will be withdrawing after over a 750 year association with Limerick.

Sr Mara Grace tells us about their order, the work that they do and reflects also on the meaning of consecrated life in the world today.

Our interview with Sr Mara Grace was recorded on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is also the World Day for Religious Life and this year also marked the end of the Year for Consecrated Life.

Previous post from SS102fm including a couple of YouTube videos about the Nashville Dominicans.

The interview with Sr Mara Grace is excerpted from the main programme and is available here.


 
 

Gospel - Luke 5:1-11


From Limerick Diocesan Weekly Newsletter:

This Sundays gospel account sees Simon and ther fishermen listening to Jesus. They must have been impressed, for when he asked to go out in their boats they willingly let him. From Simons boat, Jesus taught the crowd and then afterwards he encouraged the disciples to put down their nets for a catch.

We have been on a special Synod journey in this diocese. Maybe you have watched from the shoreline, maybe you were in the boat or maybe you were encouraging others to listen .... no matter where you were up to now, now you are invited to put down your nets. 
  • Have you an opinion on what we should vote on in this Synod? If so speak to your delegates this week (not next week)
  • Did you intend to pray for this Synod, but forgot. Start again this week
  • Are you struggling to think of proposals for the Synod? Ask for help and ideas, this week not next week! 
Let no one say next Autumn that 'someone should have ...' or 'where is the thing I thought was important'. Simon was not invited to lower everyones nets for them - every fisherman was called to work. And every Limerick parishioner, staff member, cleric or religious is called on this Synod jounney now.  
‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch’. ‘Master,’ Simon replied ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets for a catch.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
If we are willing to step our of our comfort zone in prayer, word and deed - we know that God will bless our work, a thousand fold.
So let us be brave and reckless and confident this month.
Let us engage and discuss and propose and listen. 
Let us be disciples not observers on this Synod journey.
*****
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours -  Psalter - Sunday - Tuesday - week 1
                                                   Wed - Sat - Week 4

Saints of the Week
February 8th - St Josephine Bakhita
February 9th - St Ronan of Lismore
February 10th - Ash Wednesday - Day of Fast & Abstinence
February 11th - Our Lady of Lourdes  also St Gobnait
February 12th - St Ethelward of Lindisfarne
February 13th - St Catherine del Ricci also Bl Jordan of Saxony

5 Feb 2016

Fall in love




Pedro Arrupe SJ died ‪on this day in 1991. He was the first Basque since St Ignatius to be superior General of the Jesuits. He trained as a doctor before entering the Society and became a member of the Japanese Province. When the atomic bomb was dropped in August 1945 he was novice master at the community on the edge of Hiroshima and he organised for the care of many of the victims in the city. He became Provincial in Japan, and was elected General of the Jesuits in 1965. He was a inspirational leader and was widely respected as a ‘re-founder’ of the Society of Jesus in the light of Vatican II. He became a vocal advocate of peace and justice being an integral part of the preaching of the Good News in the modern world. Just before he was incapacitated by a stroke in 1981, he established the Jesuit Refugee Service, now at work today in more than 50 countries worldwide.


Over at Ignatian Solidarity they have a page dedicated to Pedro Arrupe SJ with many links and resources.

Have a look at the UK Jesuit's calendar which features Pedro Arrupe SJ for the month of February including an audio reflection HERE.
 
You can read more about Arrupe HERE.
In the Hands of God 
More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.
Pedro Arrupe composed this prayer after he suffered a debilitating stroke, the effects of which he patiently endured for the final ten years of his life. 

Pope Francis prayer intentions for February 2016


Jubilee of Mercy - Updates from Rome - Arrival of relics of Padre Pio and Leopoldo Madic





(Vatican Radio) The relics of St. Pius of Pietralcina – Padre Pio, as he is popularly known around the world – and St. Leopold Mandic, made their way on Friday afternoon from the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
 
The relics of the two great saints – both of whom were Capuchin Franciscan friars and priests who were renowned as confessors – have come to Rome by the desire of Pope Francis in connection with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as part of efforts to renew, rekindle and strengthen interest in and love for the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation. Click hear to hear Vatican Radio's report


 
Moyross Jesuit ‘mercy envoy’ for Pope - Moyross Parish Priest Tony O’Riordan SJ is among a group of priests from around the world chosen by Pope Francis to play a special role in the Holy Year of Mercy which began on 8 December. He has been invited to come to Rome on Monday 8 February to receive the special mandate in person during an Ash Wednesday ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica on 10 February.

Some web browsing.............



Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

What Do Anti-Abortion Demonstrators Want (Besides An End To Abortion)?

Dispatch from Sundance: 'Agnus Dei' - A must-see film that quietly suggests a surprising answer to the problem of evil. - Agnus Dei is set in 1945, amid the ruins of World War II. Mathilde (Lou de Laâge) is a young French doctor working with the Red Cross in Poland. Through an unusual set of circumstances, she comes into contact with a convent of Polish nuns who, she discovers, are in advanced stages of pregnancy. Months earlier, a group of Russian soldiers had broken into the convent and raped the women repeatedly, staying for several days. The horror haunts them still, even while they have tried to regain their faith and practice their vocation. Full of shame, they’re convinced of the need to conceal their condition, lest they be shut down by their superiors. And yet the reminders linger in their own bodies and, nine months later, are about to arrive. [Trailer to the film here]

This Japanese Shrine Has Been Torn Down And Rebuilt Every 20 Years for the Past Millennium

Making Room for the Holy Spirit

Does Europe Have a Future? It’s both a continent and an idea, with an alternately heroic and ignominious past and, until recently, an enviable present. Can the heart of the West survive the 21st century?

Boston HS Students Bury the Dead When No One Else Is There To - "Dear Lord, thank you for opening our hearts and minds to this corporal work of mercy," a student prays

On the Great Council of the Orthodox Church - First Things

Why bother about Christian Unity? - Fr Martin Browne OSB

Pray as you go - Refreshing Traditional Prayers

Gay cake row family faith ‘strengthened’ by court case - McArthurs prepare for appeal hearing

CNA - This LGBT advocate changed his mind about Christian bakers

Deep inside Congo's killer mines lies a story tech companies don't want you to hear

LMFM - Mother Mary - This is the story of Marie Martin Foundress of the Medical Missionaries of Mary who was one of the most extraordinary Irish women of the 20th Century. Born into a wealthy Dublin family on April 25th 1892 the second eldest of twelve children she went on to lead a remarkable life in which she overcame many obstacles to achieve so much. Have a listen to the story of Mother Mary Martin here

China commands that even retired officials shun religion

Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ - Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in Ohio is part of trend in Eastern monasticism in U.S.

Historic! First meeting scheduled between Pope Francis and Patriach Kirill of Moscow


(Vatican Radio) It was announced on Friday that Pope Francis will hold a meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Cuba on February 12th. It marks the first ever such meeting between a Roman Pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
 
(NCR) After years of speculation, for the first time in history the Successor of Peter and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet on February 12, the Vatican announced today. 

The meeting will take place in Cuba where Patriarch Kirill will be making an official visit. Pope Francis will make a brief stop in Havana on his way to Mexico. 
 
The Vatican said the historic meeting "will mark an important stage in relations between the two Churches." 
 
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the meeting, expected to last two hours in total, will consist of spontaneous speeches from the Pope and the Patriarch who will also issue a joint declaration.  He added that the meeting, which was always to take place on neutral ground, is the fruit of two years of talks.
Update:
  • Rocco adds his analysis and commentary here.
  • Fr Kirill Gorbunov on meeting between Pope and Patriarch - Father Kirill Gorbunov, Press Secretary for the Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, said on Friday that he believes the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, will help take relations “to a new level” between the two Churches. He spoke to Susy Hodges shortly after the announcement that this historic meeting between the two spiritual leaders will take place in Cuba on February 12th.


2 Feb 2016

A Synod Sports Conference (REPOST)




Limerick is a city and county in love with and passionately interested in Sport. One of our themes for the Synod is ‘Building Community’ and sporting organisations have much to teach us in this regard. This one-day conference will be a mix of keynote speakers and workshops.

Keynote Address One:

‘Building Community – Lessons from the World of Sport’

Michael "Mickey" Harte is the current—and most successful—Gaelic football manager of the Tyrone senior inter-county team. He has led Tyrone to three All-Ireland titles, four Ulster titles, one National League, and eight Dr. McKenna Cups to date (as of January 2015). Harte has been very forthcoming with his Christian views.

Workshops

A variety of workshops will be provided by sporting personalities including:
  • Gerry Hussey has been working at the fore front of Olympic and International Sport since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. In his role as Performance Consultant, Gerry has coached elite athletes for Olympic Games, Heineken Cups, European and World Championships.   
  • Ger Downes and local GAA personalities including Cian Lynch, Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon.
  • Pat O’Sullivan from Limerick Soccer.

Keynote Address Two:

'The Fellowship of Sport'

Gerard Hartmann is a native of Limerick City, Ireland who, over the past twenty two years, has developed a reputation for treating many of the world's elite sport stars. Gerard has treated 61 Olympic medal winners, 47 World Champions including World Record holder. He has worked with a record seven winners of the London Marathon including world record holders Paula Radcliffe and Khalid Khannouchi. In this input Ger will elaborate on the concept that sport connects people and communities giving identity, purpose and unity.

Venue: Mary Immaculate College

Date: Wednesday 24th February

Time: 6p.m. to 9.30p.m.

February 2nd 2016 - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life)



Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel

February 2nd is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, forty days after his birth when Mary and Joseph went up to Jerusalem to ransom him according to the Law of Moses.




The feast used to be known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is more often known as Candlemass Day as tradition holds that all the candles to be used in the church for the coming year are blessed on this day.


Previous posts on Candlemass Day available HERE.
 
In the archives over at Blue Eyed Ennis, one of Phil's great posts on the day available here.


 

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."
 
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
 
And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
 
And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."



 
Candlemass is also the World Day for Consecrated Life and this weekend just passed marked the closing events of the Year for Consecrated Life and also the special jubilee event for religious in Rome.
 

(Vatican Radio) - Pope Francis has called on consecrated men and women to make courageous and prophetic choices, to not be afraid of getting their hands dirty and of walking the geographical and existential peripheries of mankind today. The Pope was speaking to consecrated men and women during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica marking the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.

Continue reading here.




(VIS) - Extensive extracts of the Holy Father's extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place on 1st February 2016 in the Paul VI Hall are available here.


1 Feb 2016

To be a contemplative


1st February 2016 - Feast of St Brigid of Kildare, patronness of Ireland

Today is the feast day of St Brigid of Kildare, patroness of Ireland along with St Patrick and St Colm Cille. Known as Mhuire na nGael (Mary of the Irish), she is a popular saint in Ireland and her feast day is celebrated as the first day of Spring (even if meteorologically it is not for another few weeks for the official start of Spring).

Two very interesting and scholarly blogs which we would recommend for learning the story of St Brigid (and other Irish saints) are Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae and also Trias Thaumaturga

Tradition holds she lived 452AD-524AD as is know in tradition and affection of the Irish as Mary of the Gael. She is said to be the patroness of babies; blacksmiths; boatmen; cattle; chicken farmers; children whose parents are not married; children whose mothers are mistreated by the children's fathers; Clan Douglas; dairymaids; dairy workers; fugitives; infants; Ireland; Leinster, mariners; midwives; milk maids; nuns; poets; poor; poultry farmers; poultry raisers; printing presses; sailors; scholars; travellers; watermen

You can also read about St Brigid in our previous posts on the blog which have history, various depictions of the saint, links to reflections, prayers & litanies.




St Brigid of Kildare - Richard King



Merciful God,
origin and reward of all charity,
you called Saint Brigid to teach the new commandment of love
through her life of hospitality and her care of the needy;
give to your people, by her intercession, a generous spirit,
so that, with hearts made pure,
we may show your love to all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever

Amen

In liturgical iconography and statuary Saint Brigid is often depicted holding a reed cross, a crozier of the sort used by abbots, and a lamp (called a "lamp of learning and wisdom", as lamps and fire were regarded sacred to the Celts and druids). Early hagiographers portray Saint Brigid's life and ministry as touched with fire. Brigid also founded a school of art, including metal work and illumination, over which Conleth presided. The Kildare scriptorium produced the Book of Kildare, which elicited high praise from Giraldus Cambrensis, but which has disappeared since the Reformation. According to Giraldus, nothing that he had ever seen was at all comparable to the book, every page of which was gorgeously illuminated, and he concludes by saying that the interlaced work and the harmony of the colours left the impression that "all this is the work of angelic, and not human skill".
 
May God, who in Saint Brigid has provided an outstanding example of generosity: make your ears be ever open to the cry of the poor.
May you who greet Saint Brigid as Mary of the Gael receive from Jesus, Son of Mary, the reward promised to the pure of heart.
May God fill you with his love, as you honour Saint Brigid, whose heart and mind became a throne of rest for the Holy Spirit.

R/. Amen.

How to make a St Brigid’s Cross


 




Gabhaim Molta Bríghde (I Give Praise to Saint Brigid).

A beautiful song sung in Irish by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh which gives praise to Saint Brigid of Kildare, one of the three patron saints of Ireland.

Lyrics:
Gabhaim molta Bríghde, iníon í le hÉireann
I give praise to Brigid, daughter of Ireland

Iníon le gach tír í, molaimís go léir í.
Daughter of all lands, let us praise her.

Lóchrann geal na Laighneach, soils' ar feadh na tíre
The bright torch of Leinster, shining across the country

Ceann ar óigheacht Éireann, ceann na mban ar míne.
The leader of Ireland's youth, leader of gentle women.

Tig an Geimhreadh dian dubh, gearra lena géire
The house of Winter is dark, cutting with its sharpness

Ach ar lá le Bríghde, gar dúinn Earrach Éireann.
But on Brigid's Day, Spring in Ireland draws near to us.

Gabhaim molta Bríghde, iníon í le hÉireann
I give praise to Brigid, daughter of Ireland

Iníon le gach tír í, molaimís go léir í.
Daughter of all lands, let us praise her.

30 Jan 2016

31st January 2016 - Good Queen Katherine: Exploring the story of a possible saint? - 4th Sunday in Ordinary time

On this weeks programme we broadcast an interview with Canon John Baker exploring the story of Katherine of Aragon. We have a short reflection on this weeks gospel as well as some local notices especially for things relating to the upcoming Limerick Diocesan Synod  
 
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE
 
Good Queen Katherine - Exploring the story of a possible saint?
 
The understanding of marriage and the care of those who have been divorced and remarried has dominated a lot of discussion in church (at the Synod in Rome) and in state (with the marriage referendum last year). One person who is held up as a model for Catholics of fidelity to marriage no matter what is Katherine of Aragon.
 
On this weeks programme we have an interview between Canon John Baker of Peterborough Cathedral and John about the cathedral and of course the story of Queen Katherine.
 
The interview hears how the Spanish Princess from one of the greatest royal houses in Europe became stranded in England following the death of her first husband, the teenage Prince Arthur, and how his younger brother came to her rescue when he became King - Henry VIII. When the succession didn't go to Henry's plan after twenty years of marriage he sought to divorce her which led to the separation of the church in England and the English reformation. She however,never wavered in knowing who she was, as a Catholic, a wife, and a monarch who had made vows to God, her husband, and to the English people whom she was to aid her husband in governing, that she would fulfill her vows no matter what the cost to her personally. 
The call for the opening of Katherine's cause has some support and the following can give some further information:
You can listen to the podcast of the interview excerpted from the main programme here

Gospel - Luke 4:21-30

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say,
‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away
 
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
 
Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
Salt + Light
 
Liturgical odds & ends
 
Liturgy of the Hours - psalter week 4, 4th week in ordinary time
 
Saints of the Week
 
February 1st - Feast of St Brigid - secondary patron of Ireland
February 2nd - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
also World Day for Consecrated Life
February 3rd - St Blaise - Day for the Blessing  of the Throats
February 4th - Saint Cuanna of Lismore
February 5th - St Agatha (First Friday)
February 6th - Ss Paul Miki & Companions - the Martyrs of Nagasaki
 
Pope's Monthly Intentions

Universal: Care for Creation - That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

Evangelization: Asia - That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia

26 Jan 2016

Some web browsing.........UPDATED


Rite & Reason: The ‘altruistic evil’ of 1916 Rising - Retrospective public consent in 1918 election provides only limited justification

Secular strife causes upcoming Council the be moved to Crete - The first major council of the world’s Eastern Orthodox churches in over 1,200 years will take place in Crete after the influential Russian Orthodox Church said political tensions between Moscow and Ankara ruled out holding it in Turkey.
The Inside Story on the Turnpike Mass, From the Priest Who Led It

The Angel of Dachau: Pope Francis declares concentration camp priest a martyr

Sudden Sadness and the World Around Me

Straddling the tricky secular-religious divide - Jean Vanier is a spiritual point of reference in the turbulent seas of contemporary discord, writes Michael W. Higgins

Preparing for the watershed - As the year of centenaries and elections begins to unfold, opinions on party manifestos and commemorative events are reaching a crescendo. Amid the clamouring views, one authoritative voice, with an all-island perspective, needs to be heard. Archbishop Richard Clarke is the Church of Ireland Primate of All Ireland. Members of his flock are found north and south of the border. Indeed, one of the flock, Arlene Foster, is now at the helm in Northern Ireland as First Minister and leader of the DUP.  

Religious liberty at center of Pope's meeting with Iranian president

Bishop Barron: Christianity 'running on fumes' as Eucharistic devotion wanes

Pope Francis: Persecution of Christians Is Persecution of Jesus Christ

What is Spiritual Direction?
 




The Marrakesh Declaration: Muslim Leaders Pledge Support for Minority Rights

Crux - The bond between the Vatican and Iran is a partnership destined to endure

Goodbye, Starbucks: A Glimpse Inside a Young Nun’s Life

Meditation when you can’t sit still - Many of us spend our days on a perpetual treadmill. Going from one thing to the next. The suggestion of slowing down to mindfully meditate might sound like an invitation to climb Everest. Note to inner self: it is worth the effort.

Can we live without beauty? - A magazine clearinghouse somehow got the idea that our family wants every women’s health, fitness, and lifestyle magazine in the world delivered to our house.

Simple spiritual goals for a happier 2016 - Reading scripture is a habit I struggle with. I do well for a while, then go on vacation, or have my schedule interrupted.

An Unteachable Society and the Church - The rare virtue of "docility": an eagerness of mind and heart to be taught the most satisfying truth. 

Bishop Barron: Eucharistic faith is counter-culture

Pope Francis risks traditionalist anger with Martin Luther commemoration

Not everybody wants to wash women’s feet on Holy Thursday

Merkel opens exhibition of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust art in Berlin

The Great and Holy Council: Who, When, Why? 

March for Life gets snowed under blizzard coverage

Pope Francis: Powerful and Rich Risk Going to Hell If They Ignore the Poor

New Video from Diocese of Phoenix Explores “Society’s Crisis in Masculinity”

Taize: