A Reflection for the twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Not so long ago, Pope Francis presided over World Youth Day in Brazil. During the return flight to Rome he caught the attention of reporters - and the world - with an unprecedented conciliatory remark on gay priests. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will who am I to judge?” Cue - media flurry! However, it seems to me he wasn’t saying anything new, simply reworking the theological maxim: ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner’.

A Reflection for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8th, was the day on which for many years members of the Irish Spiritan Province made their first vows in the Congregation. From 1934 to the mid-1980s, the Novitiate took place in Kilshane House in Tipperary. Now privately owned, today this is a special event venue hosting weddings, conferences and private parties.

A Reflection for the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Importance and Power of Humble People Jesus is a teacher par excellence. But it seems that there were things he found extremely difficult to put across. One of these was ‘humility’. Jesus used many things and familiar occasions to teach the importance and power of humble people in society. For instance he gave us the story of a Pharisee and a tax collector at prayer in the Temple. It was the tax collector who, being a humble man before God, enjoyed the power in humility – he went home justified. (Luke 18:10-14).