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March 28, 2020

These past weeks have witnessed some remarkable events within the life of the Church. Edicts declaring the cessation of the public celebration of the Mass, the closure of churches and the prohibition of requiem Masses have become the norm.  Each of these decisions (and...

March 26, 2020

In the Office of Readings, we are reminded of the humanity of Jesus. Written by St. Pope Leo the Great, the champion of the hypostatic union, we are invited to see ourselves in Christ’s suffering, His death and His resurrection.  St Leo writes: 

“No...

March 22, 2020

My attention has been drawn to an article in the German press regarding the celebration of what is termed the "private mass".  The Article: "Private Mass Does not fit with Contemporary Understanding of Eucharist" (Gerhards et al) challenges the celebration of Mass...

March 21, 2020

Tomorrow, we experience our first Sunday without the public celebration of the Mass. There is inevitably apprehension as to how far into the future these constrains may extend.

Within the Church, we recognise the celebration of the Eucharist as both the sacrament of uni...

March 20, 2020

In the times in which we find ourselves, with its restrictions upon social interaction, sacramental participation and communal worship, it is not difficult to see why some have succumbed to anxiety or worse.

Anxieties come in many forms. Whether it is concern about the...

March 10, 2020

With the recent extension of special emergency measures in Italy (and elsewhere) recent days have witnessed the imposition of various forms of quarantine. Restrictions on the free movement of persons and exhortations to those displaying certain flu like symptoms to sel...

March 4, 2020

The prophet Hosea exhorts us to turn back to God, "with all our heart".  For some, the prospect of such a journey will be more problematic than for others.  The Irish media today reports of a former political leader who has ‘threatened’ to leave the Catholic Church.  T...

March 1, 2020

In days past, Catholic schools instructed children on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In those days, education rested upon two realities. The first, concerned the identity of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Most Holy Trinity. The second, the spiritual gifts an...

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