A Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some time ago I was talking to the family at a funeral. The sister of the deceased told me that her brother who had had a very successful career had never really wanted to do the job he had done. That is so sad, I said. ‘Yes’ she added, ‘he always wanted to be an engineer but dad, who wanted him to have a secure job, wouldn’t hear of it; so my brother did his studies and spent his life doing what our father wanted him to do.’

A Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Recently, in São Paulo City, Brazil I was waiting to meet someone. Our agreed meeting point was a major pedestrian viaduct which stretches for more than 290 metres over 8 lanes of road, 2 metro tracks and 4 railway tracks.  Think 4 football pitches the size of Croke Park, all in line.  At each end is a huge shopping centre.  

A Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In his book Conversations with myself, Nelson Mandela wrote: “Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat”...