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A Vocation Story

Since today’s Gospel is the sending out of the Disciples it seems appropriate to share Sr Mary Cathy’s vocation story: how she recognised/discovered where our Lord was calling her to work in his vineyard.Sr Mary Cathy making First Profession, 2nd February 2013My name is Cathy Howard. I am 32 years old and I come from Finglas, Dublin. Both my parents are living and I have four brothers, two sisters and nine nieces and nephews. I entered the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena in Drogheda, County Louth, in April 2010. I spent nine months as a Postulant, two years as a Novice, and made my First Profession on the 2nd February 2013. I did not really know anything about God or the Church until I got involved with the Legion of Mary in 2004. A member of the Legion working in the Regina Caeli Hostel, encouraged me to go […]

Year of Faith: World Day Celebrating Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)

 Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass this morning is excellent – we have taken it from the Vatican web site and share with our readers here:  Dear Brothers and Sisters,            This celebration has a very beautiful name: 鈥淓vangelium Vitae鈥, the Gospel of Life. In this Eucharist, in the Year of Faith, let us thank the Lord for the gift of life in all its forms, and at the same time let us proclaim the Gospel of Life.            On the basis of the word of God which we have heard, I would like to offer you three simple points of meditation for our faith: first, the Bible reveals to us the Living God, the God who is life and the source of life; second, Jesus Christ bestows life and the Holy Spirit maintains us in life; and third, following God鈥檚 way leads to life, whereas following idols leads to death.1. The first […]

Reflection on the Gospel for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I was deeply struck by the audacity of the woman in today鈥檚 Gospel and found myself asking how did she come by such inner freedom? What inner force made it possible for her to act so spontaneously and uninhibitedly? Perhaps I am way out, but I venture to say this was not her first encounter with Jesus. This is not a chance meeting. She is deliberately going to Simon鈥檚 house because Jesus is there and she brings ointment with her because she knows what she wants to do when she gets there. This woman knew who she was going to and was sure of the response she would receive because she had already been a recipient of Jesus love and knew herself to be loved and forgiven.  She knew that Jesus was aware of the purity and sincerity of her love for him. At some time this woman of […]

The Gospel of Life

路 Year of Faith: World Day Celebrating Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) Bishops ask the faithful to offer their prayerful support at home and in the parishes of Ireland for an important initiative being led by Pope Francis this weekend in Rome which celebrates the sanctity of human life.  Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) is an encyclical of Blessed Pope Paul John II, published on 25 March 1995, which expresses the teaching of the Catholic Church on the value and inviolability of human life. This weekend in the Vatican 15-16 June Pope Francis will celebrate the encyclical in a special event entitled, 鈥楤elieving, May They Have Life鈥. This will be a key event for the Year of Faith which the Universal Church is celebrating during 2013. The […]

5th Sunday in Lent – Year C

Gospel: John 8: 1-11As this morning鈥檚 Gospel concerns judging others I was attracted to spending extra time with it during the week in the hope that it would help me with my failings in this area. In the course of the Gospel the Pharisees and Scribes, who are sinners like the rest of us, accuse this poor woman of her specific sin in front of Jesus and all those present.Jesus, with great wisdom, compassion and courtesy bends down to write on the ground, thus avoiding embarrassing the poor woman by staring at her and later, even avoiding embarrassing the Pharisees and Scribes as they leave one by one admitting their own guilt as sinners themselves when responding to the words of Jesus 鈥 鈥渋f there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.鈥 Even as Jesus pronounces the […]

4th Sunday of Lent – Year C

I think if I had to choose just one Gospel passage to reflect on for the rest of my life I would choose the parable of the Prodigal son. Already I have probably spent more time with it than any other piece of Scripture mainly because it raised issues for me and I knew that if I could stay with it until it revealed God鈥檚 word to me, it would change me. For a long time I couldn鈥檛 get my head around the idea that the Father could love these two sons so much, that they could be in the presence of such love, and not experience it. How could it be? I can understand it happening with a human parent. Many of us I鈥檓 sure only under stood how much our parents loved us, when we got to the stage in our own lives, where we were able […]

3rd Sunday of Lent – Year C

 鈥淪trong is His love for us鈥 鈥 we could say that this phrase from the responsorial psalm sums up the message of today鈥檚 Mass readings.Our God is a 鈥榗onsuming fire鈥 who 鈥渇orgives all our guilt鈥 and 鈥渉eals our ills鈥 (Ps 102).  He is 鈥渃ompassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.鈥滻n the Gospel Jesus explains in the parable of the fig tree which did not bear fruit that he is always prepared to give us a second chance, to give us more time, in the hope that we will repent of our sins and failures.  鈥淕ive it (ie the fig tree) one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it 鈥 it may bear fruit next year!鈥 (Gospel – Lk 13:1-9).It is the same God who appeared to Moses while he went about his daily work of tending the flock […]

Reflection on the Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

One cannot miss the sheer explosion of joy in today鈥檚 liturgy especially in the first and second Mass Readings. 鈥楽hout for joy daughter of Sion, Rejoice exult with all your heart. The Lord your God is in your midst – he will exult for joy over you. He will renew you by his love鈥. Zeph.3 This is the real Good News, coming at a timely moment when dark clouds are hovering over our country. 鈥楨ven though the rain hides the stars, Even though the mist swirls the hills, Even when clouds veil the sky God is by my side鈥. (The Cloud鈥檚 Veil 鈥 Liam Lawton) Yes, indeed, not just our poets but the Word of God tells us 鈥榝ear not little flock, you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows, it has pleased my Father to give you the Kingdom鈥 Lk.12 And the wonder is that through the grace […]

By |December 16th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

2nd Sunday of Advent

 鈥淭he Lord has done great things for usWe are filled with joy鈥 (Psalm 125)By directing our attention away from ourselves to focus instead on what God has done and is doing in the Church and in each of our lives, today鈥檚 Mass readings provide a wonderful message of hope: It is the Holy One who 鈥榬emembers鈥 us and comes to us in the wilderness of our lives and  makes us 鈥榡ubilant鈥 as He came of old to the Israelites in their exile and as he came to John in the wilderness.  So it is in the wilderness of our lives – with it pain and heart break, its anxieties and preoccupations – that we hear the Word of the Lord inviting us to repent of our sinful and all too human outlook and to prepare  a way for His coming.   In the first reading the prophet Baruch invites us to […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

Feast of Christ the King

From all eternity , O Lord, you are Ps.92.Our Responsorial Psalm in today鈥檚 Liturgy gives us an insight into the depth and origin 鈥 although He has no origin 鈥 of this Person, this One in Three, whom we call our God, our King 鈥 the one St. Teresa of Avila, affectionately addressed as 鈥淵our Majesty鈥-. 鈥淭he world you made firm from of old 鈥 yes, from all eternity, you are鈥.During the past week, a few other passages from our daily Scripture, helped me to fathom a little deeper this line: 鈥楩rom all eternity, O Lord, you are鈥.Amos, the prophet, tells us:鈥楬e it was who formed the mountains, created the wind 鈥揾e made the Pleiades and Orion,and turns the dusk to dawn and the day to darkest night.He has built his high place in the heavens,and supported his vault on the earth. Amos 4:5,9.And this is only a brief […]

By |November 27th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments