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God’s Love

Novena to St Catherine of Siena – Day 2

Today is the 2nd day of the novena to St Catherine. It is also Vocation Sunday. So during the week as I was reflecting on St Catherine I had the theme of Vocations in mind also and today鈥檚 Gospel-鈥業 know my own and mine know me鈥. Somehow these converged for me in a single Gospel text-鈥楾his is Eternal Life to know you the one true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent鈥.This is the reason for our existence. This is why God created us, why He sent His Son to redeem us- so that we might know God, might participate in the very life of God, might experience being utterly and completely taken up into God鈥檚 love and be endlessly happy. The vocation of every human being is to fulfil this purpose for which we were brought into being. Our personal vocation is to discover and to follow […]

Palm Sunday

During the past week as I reflected on St Mark鈥檚 Passion narrative,(Ch 14 &15) which we heard at Mass this morning, my attention was drawn to the woman who broke the jar of ointment and poured it out on Jesus鈥 head 鈥 a very good symbol of our monastic contemplative way of life. St Mark tells us that she broke the jar and poured out the precious ointment while the disciples murmured and criticised her action as being wholly foolish and wasteful: 鈥渨hy this waste? Ointment like this could be sold and the money given to the poor! And they were angry with her.鈥 We hear similar comments regarding our way of life: 鈥渨hy waste your life away within an enclosure apparently doing nothing while there is so much need in our modern world.鈥 However Jesus praised the woman鈥檚 action saying: “leave her alone […]

Gospel Reflection: 3rd Sunday of the Year

The Communion Antiphon for this 3rd Sunday of the year urges us to “Look up to the Lord with gladness and smile …”.Julian of Norwich, in the 15th Century, also reminds us that it is “in this, Our Lord wills that we be occupied – having joy in him for he has joy in us”.If joy, as has been said, “is gladness of heart in the presence of the Beloved” then “greatly ought we to rejoice that our soul dwells in him”.”For our courteous Lord wills that we be be as homely with him as heart can think or soul desire. But we must beware lest we take this homeliness so recklessly as to forsake courtesy.And he wants to have us, who will be with him in heaven without end, like himself in all things.If we do not know how we shall do all this, let us desire it […]

By |January 25th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Novena to St Catherine of Siena

As promised we share here some of Catherine’s writings on which we are reflecting during these days of preparation for her feast on the 29th.The following is an extract from a letter addressed to Fr Bartolomeo Dominici, in Florence in 1375: (taken from Suzanne Noffke’s translation of Catherine’s letters, Vol I)I Catherine, servant and slave of the servants of Jesus Christ am writing to encourage you in the precious blood of God’s Son. I long to see you set afire, swallowed up and consumed in His blazing charity, for we know that those who are set afire and consumed in that true charity lose all self-consciousness. That is what I want you to do.I am inviting you, in this blazing charity, to plunge into a peaceful sea, a deep sea. I have just rediscovered the sea – not that the sea is new, but it […]

4th Sunday Cycle C

Mass Readings:1st Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-192nd Reading: 1Cor 12:31-13:13Gospel: Luke 4:21-30The Gospel reading to-day is a continuation of last week’s Gospel Luke 4:14-21. Last week Luke told us that Jesus “with the power of the Spirit in Him returned to Galilee; and His reputation spread throughout the countryside – He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised Him.”While today we hear again that Jesus “won the approval of all and the people were astonished by the gracious words that came from His lips” this admiration soon turned sour! Today’s Gospel ends with the stunning words: “they took Him (Jesus) up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw Him down the cliff, but He slipped through the crowd and walked away”.How mysterious to relflect on the fact that the preaching of Jesus, the Son of God, who was filled with “the power […]

By |January 31st, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

2nd Sunday Cycle C

THEYHAVE NO WINE1st Reading: Is 62:1-52nd Reading: 1Cor 12:4-11Gospel: Jn 2:1-12Reflection 1A homely scene some 2000 years agoA wedding feast at Cana.Jesus, God and man invited,His disciples too.The wine runs shortMary, God鈥檚 own Mother takes note,Her appeal to her Son bears fruit.Water is turned into wine and in abundance! And today? Jesus loves the Church, you and me, as a Bride. He conquered our sin and death by His appalling Death And glorious Resurrection.Brought us redemption; blessed us with his Spirit.Shamefully we, members of the Church, have been unfaithful.The God of love does not forsake us:鈥淣o longer are you to be named 鈥榝orsaken鈥檔or your land 鈥榓bandoned鈥檅ut you shall be called 鈥榤y delight鈥檃nd your land 鈥榯he wedded鈥橠are we once again heed God鈥檚 Mother And do what he tells us?鈥楻epent and believe the Gospel.鈥欌楲ove one […]

By |January 16th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

December 24th/25th – CHRISTMAS

On Christmas Eve we began the Divine Office with the antiphon Know today that the Lord will come: in the morning your will see his gloryWouldn’t it be wonderful if we could live each day with the conviction that yes, the Lord will come – that He will come is as sure as the dawn! During the past four weeks of Advent we have been waiting for His coming and we have reflected on His three comings:1) His coming at the end of time2) His coming on the first Christmas at Bethlehem3) His coming in grace to each individualWhile we remember and celebrate His coming on the first Christmas night when the angels brought the shepherds “the news of great joy that today a Saviour has been born” we can also look on our celebration of Christmas as a foretaste of that moment when that same Saviour will bring […]

By |December 24th, 2009|Liturgy|1 Comment

Second Week of Advent

The readings for this Sunday are full of hope and enouragement – as we all know, we, Irish people are greatly in need of such hope in our present crises. One can almost feel that these readings were selected specially for us!!! The entrance antiphon which we sing in our community for the Mass of this Second Sunday of Advent expresses very well these sentiments of hope which God’s loving providence provides:People of Zion, the Lord will come to save all nations, and your hearts will exult to hear his majestic voice. The people of God will sing songs of joy, like songs in the night. They will have gladness of heart. People of Sion the Lord will come to save all nations and your hearts will exult to hear his majestic voice. On every high mountain streams will flow and there will be light […]

By |December 5th, 2009|Liturgy|0 Comments

鈥淛esus looked steadily at him and loved him鈥

Last Sunday鈥檚 Gospel (the story of the rich young man, Mk ch 10) is a very rich one for vocation discernment. Every vocation grows from an awareness that, just as He did with the young man in the Gospel, Jesus is looking at me with love and saying, 鈥渃ome, follow me鈥. It is also important to see that a religious vocation is given to those who 鈥渓ack鈥 something 鈥 a religious vocation is not given to one who is holy but to one whom God wishes to make holy. Jesus looks at each one, just as we are, and loves us and calls us to follow him. It is out of that deep love that he says, 鈥渢here is one thing you lack鈥 鈥 he loves us so much that he wants us to be complete and whole, loving God and our neighbour with our whole being. And so […]

鈥榗ups and pots and bronze dishes鈥

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time Yr BGospel from Mark 7:1-8;14-15;21-23鈥榗ups and pots and bronze dishes鈥橶hat are these before the Lord? 鈥 nothing 鈥nd not only nothing, but empty.Why do you hide behind them?Why do you make them out to be so important?Why won鈥檛 you follow Me?You 鈥 not the cups and pots and bronze dishes 鈥 you are the one I want, not these empty, lifeless things. They are only useful for holding and carrying, but I want you to contain Me 鈥 I want to live and be alive in you.We are invited to give up trying to control God, trying to make God out to be what we think He should be. But, we don鈥檛 believe in God so as to be able to force His hand, to have control over how He acts, to tell Him how to be God. God is not […]