A Reflection for St. Patrick’s Day (the Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Since I am privileged to bear the name of one of our national patron saints, I was invited to write the reflection for St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick must be one of the best known of all saints. In many English-speaking countries his annual feast day is celebrated with huge festivals, colourful parades and well-attended liturgical celebrations...

A Reflection for Fourth Sunday of Lent

Come in Son, join us, let us have a party. In chapter 2 of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians you will find the following words: “Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.”

A Reflection for Third Sunday of Lent

We await the conclave. We anticipate a new Pope, a new personality at the helm of the Barque of Peter, a new direction for the Church. Will our Church move with the times and accommodate the age we live in? Will the preservation of dogma and tradition be the paramount priority?