Synod Update – Towards October 2024: Ireland’s Summary Document Published
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by Liamy Mac Nally
2d ago
Towards October 2024 – Summary of Contributions from Dioceses and Groups of the Catholic Church in Ireland In response to the invitation from the Secretariat of the Synod in Rome to deepen our reflections on the Report from its first synodal assembly in October 2023 (called  A Synodal Church in Mission  and published in November) the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference received contributions from all the dioceses of Ireland along with a further ten contributions from associations of lay faithful, ecclesial movements, and Church agencies. These contributions were read and reflected upo ..read more
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Synodality: Letter From Pope Francis to Parish Priests
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by Liamy Mac Nally
5d ago
Letter from Pope Francis to Parish Priests:   ‘Without priests, we will never be able to learn how to walk together and to set out on the path of synodality, “the path which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”‘ Read Pope Francis’ letter to parish priests below and find out more about the recent World Meeting of Parish Priests online at  synod.va    Dear Brother Priests, The International Meeting “Parish Priests for the Synod”, and the dialogue with all of you who have taken part, provide me with the opportunity to pray for the parish priests the world o ..read more
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Jim Cogley: Reflections Tues 14th May- Mon 20th May 2024
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by Liamy Mac Nally
5d ago
Tue 14th May – Mary’s Meals Three of the Gospels have the account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes where Jesus takes something small that is offered and uses it to feed a multitude. One of my favourite charities does precisely this and it’s called Mary’s Meals. It was founded in 2002 by Magnus McFarland and its objective is to feed hungry children in a place of education. The idea was inspired by an encounter between Magnus and a Malawi child whose family had been wiped out by AIDS. When asked what he wanted most he replied to have enough to eat and to have an education. So, the ..read more
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Presider’s Page for 19 May (Pentecost Sunday)
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by Bernard Cotter
5d ago
Today is Pentecost Sunday, the second climax of the Easter season. We celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples. Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal) Send down, O God, upon your people the flame of your Holy Spirit, and fill with the abundance of your sevenfold gift the Church you brought forth from your Son’s pierced side. May your life-giving Spirit lend fire to our words and strength to our witness. Send us forth to the nations of the world to proclaim with boldness your wondrous work of raising Chris ..read more
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Brendan Hoban: Learning to make your peace with old age            
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by Liamy Mac Nally
1w ago
Western People 7th May 2024 Recently, the once-well-known BBC literary pundit, Joan Bakewell, was asked: ‘How old is old?’ Now in her 90s, she dismissed the question as ‘old hat’. Eventually, under some pressure she conceded: ‘Once you are over 90, you are considered to be old. Late middle age (now) goes on until you are 80.’ Age, in other words, is a matter of perspective. ‘You are as old as you feel’ is a common wisdom. Some, like Joan Bakewell, resent being called ‘old’ at 90, others can feel old at 40. Others again, like the London Times columnist, Elaine Kingett (who is 74 and has a bus p ..read more
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NCR Online: Catholicism must reject ‘heresy of triumphalism,’ says noted Czech priest
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by Liamy Mac Nally
1w ago
By Christopher White Rome — May 8, 2024 Catholicism must rid itself of the “heresy of triumphalism” if it is to become more synodal and better able to evangelize in a secular age, according to noted Czech theologian and philosopher Fr. Tomas Halik. “We see ourselves as a societes perfecta,” or a perfect society, that is too self-sufficient, said Halik, who was recently tapped by the Vatican’s synod office to help lead an April 29-May 2 gathering (link below) for some 200 parish priests from all over the world. gathering  The gathering was organized in response to concerns that Pope F ..read more
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Seán Ó Conaill – Atonement: Why did Jesus of Nazareth accept Crucifixion?
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by Liamy Mac Nally
1w ago
To rescue us from fear of the judgement of others – what Jesus calls ‘the world’ (John 16:33) – by overthrowing, without violence, the judgement of the world of his time, and all time. This fear of judgement, which comes not from God but from the Adversary, is the root of all status anxiety (fear of ‘what people think’), status seeking, inequality and violence. So that we might follow him out of love rather than fear. To teach us to forgive as He did. To reveal to us the origin of all violence in status anxiety – and the Satanic historical pattern of the accusation and scapegoating of the inn ..read more
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Brendan Hoban: Sadness and unease greets Church changes         
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by Liamy Mac Nally
1w ago
Western People, 30.4.2024 When I was 13 or so and a boarder in St Muredach’s College I was given the honour of serving Mass every morning for the then bishop of Killala, Patrick O’Boyle, who lived adjacent to the college. Each morning I ran across to his house, lifted the latch on the back door and scurried up the stairs to a tiny oratory where he was kneeling in prayer. Our exchange of pleasantries followed a limited and unvarying pattern: Bishop: Is it raining? Me: Yes (or No) My Lord. That was it – apart from the responses to the Mass in Latin that followed an unvarying pattern and with whi ..read more
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Text of Rev. Dr. Scott McKenna’s Edinburgh Newman lecture, April 15th
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by Liamy Mac Nally
1w ago
Newman Association, Monday 15 April, 2024 Mayfield Salisbury Church, Edinburgh The Bible:  A Mosaic Introduction In art, a mosaic is a surface which has been decorated, beautifully decorated, with coloured, small pieces of material, such as glass, tile, mineral or stone.  Typically, pieces are anonymous fractions of the design:  each tiny piece is a world in its own right; each one transporting.  In titling this talk, The Bible:  A Mosaic, I meant nothing more than that the Bible, that ancient collection of sacred books, may be thought of as a mosaic:  each book ..read more
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Presider’s Page for 12 May (Ascension of the Lord)
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by Bernard Cotter
1w ago
The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today, ‘World Communications Day’. As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need. Alternative Opening Prayer (from the 1998 ICEL Missal) God of power and might, in the mystery of the ascension you have raised up and glorified your Son and exalted our humanity at your right hand. Confirm the good news your Church proclaims, so that when Christ returns in glory all nations may be gathered into the kingdom, where he lives and reigns with you now and always in the unity of the Holy S ..read more
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