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A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

What are we to make today of dreamers? What do we think of people who genuinely believe that the world doesn’t have to be the way it is and who assert that change is possible. The use of the word “dreamer” gives it away – we are tempted to dismiss them. They simply aren’t living in the real world. What if we change the word to “prophets” – what are we to make of them? Two key advent figures, both prophets (or dreamers!) share their wisdom with us today.

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

A new start, a new gospel and – liturgically speaking – a new year! This may not where most of us are at as we think about the first Sunday of Advent. The commercial world began the mad rush of preparation for Christmas many weeks ago but today, as we gather, our Church invites us into an altogether different waiting space. We await the God who comes, and it seems that the Scriptures tell us that, to do that well, first and foremost we need to wake up! That may be easier said than done. It is winter after all and we are in hibernation-mode.

A Reflection for The Feast of Christ the King

Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus responded: ‘You say so’! The Feast of Christ the King is a relatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar, having only been instituted by Pius XI in 1925. What was it in 1925 that motivated the pope to do so? Political and-social events called his attention.

A Reflection for the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The end is in sight. The journey’s hardest part is often its last. Yes, there is anticipation of conclusion. But also, anxiety. Tired, and running almost on empty I fear not making it across the finishing line

A Reflection for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is no resurrection, came forward. Traditionally for us in the Church, November is the month of the Holy Souls and there are many spiritual practices and devotions attached to this time. I recall that, as a young boy, I found some of these devotions to be terrifying.

A Reflection for the Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

In my work as a hospice chaplain I meet many people who are so grateful for the loving kindness and compassionate care received.  Hospice care is holistic and available to all residents. However, as the Christian values and ethos of the religious sisters...