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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...

February 9, 2020

As Ireland awaits the final outcome of its general election, President Trump continues to celebrate his acquittal and the United Kingdom braces itself against the ravages of storm. Each event is, in its own way, indicative of "climate change".

In matters of the faith,...

February 8, 2020

In recent days, my attention has been drawn to two articles. The first appeared in the site CatholicCitizens.org and carried the rather engaging title: "Is the Pope Catholic?".  It comprises a review of several books written about the personality and character of Pope...

January 1, 2020

The bells have rung in the New Year and Catholics have throughout the world attended the Mass in honour of Mary The Mother of God.  It is a momentous opportunity for all within the Church to once more acknowledge Our Blessed Mother as the paragon of virtue, recall her...

December 31, 2019

Convention has long established that the close of the calendar year and the arrival of the new is celebrated by means of social gatherings and, on a personal level, the formulation of “new year's resolutions”. Our propensity for resolutions and our own human weakness i...

December 29, 2019

Today marks the commemoration of the Holy Family. In this feast we are not only confronted with the humanity of Jesus the infant but also the vulnerability of each member of the Holy Family. 

For many, it is an occasion which prompts reflection upon the discrete vocatio...

December 27, 2019

With the demands of Christmas preparations, the "Netflix" film: "Two Popes" may have eluded some.  Declaring itself to be "based on true events", it depicts Cardinal Bergoglio as a Gandhi -like figure; prevailed upon, against his better judgment, to succeed Pope Benedi...

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