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).

A Reflection for the twenty-first Sunday in ordinary time

Strive to enter the kingdom of God through the narrow gate The ‘narrow gate’ has become very much a cliché in the English language; we ask ourselves about its meaning as it appears in Luke’s Gospel in today’s reading. I have been told so many times that the Kingdom of God is present and the door is open. Is the door so wide that anybody can saunter casually in when s/he wishes? When I was a young boy I was always fascinated with cultures in distant lands, wondering about the lifestyle, the diet, the poverty, the hunger, and so many other realities that were foreign to me. In secondary school I became a member of the local ‘Concern’ group in Lucan, Co. Dublin, primarily raising funds for much-needed projects for the poorest of this world.