Redemptorist News

Healing Mission, Esker, December 4-8, 2017.

December 4th – 8th : In Esker Church – The Esker Healing Mission:a healing Eucharistic Mission in preparation for Christmas.

Sessions daily: 10am, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. (This takes place in the public Church in Esker.)

Feeling torn? tattered? lost?…

Retreats/ Events in Esker, November /December 2017.

Come apart and rest awhile’  (Mark 6:31)– a time apart, a time away from the rush of life, to get the bigger picture, to be in touch with our humanity, our hungers, questions, and our deeper selves.

December 1-3: Advent

St.Alphonsus de Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists. Feast August 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

Read a short summary of the life of St. Alphonsus de Liguori: click here:

Click here to watch a short video on Youtube about Alphonsus de Liguori:

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ALPHONSUS, A MAN ON FIRE:

‘Time with the Master’ – by Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R., of the Esker Community

In January of this year, Messenger Publications (of ‘The Sacred Heart Messenger’) published this collection of short reflections by Séamus Devitt, Redemptorist, exploring the person and life of Jesus, looking at life and nature and the human heart. They are…

What Milo (7) in Esker showed me about the Icon

Milo and his Mom and his Grandmother were in Esker on the last day of the visit of the Pilgrim Icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help, in April 2016. His response to the icon and his photograph of it,…

President Trump and the Paris Agreement

For reactions to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, click here to read from the Jesuit Magazine in the US, ‘America’.

Esker Novena: Last day of the Esker Novena. All are welcome!

The Esker Annual Novena began this year, 2017, on Tuesday June 6th, and concludes on Wednesday June 14th.

See Facebook Esker Redemptorists for photos and videos from this year’s Novena.

Click here to watch a short video

A Reflection for Lent, Week 3

This Reflection was posted on Facebook by Redemptorist Communications: find it also on our Esker Redemptorists Facebook page.

It is entitled: ‘Living Lent, Satisfying our Hunger’, a reflection by Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R., of the Esker Community.

https://www.facebook.com/Esker-Redemptorists-251128325046360/

or

https://www.facebook.com/Redemptorist-Communications-627057920702976/?fref=ts

Centering Prayer Retreat, Esker, March 24-26 – BOOKED OUT!

There will be a CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT here in Esker, from Friday March 24th pm to Sunday 26th lunch:

It will be as taught by Cistercian Fr. Thomas Keating.

Why do such a weekend?  Take some quiet time-out that will…

Easter Triduum Retreat in Esker: Holy Thursday afternoon to Easter Morning

The Easter Triduum Retreat in Esker will take place from the afternoon of Holy Thursday (April 13th) to Easter Sunday morning (April 16th).

These three days of reflection and prayer celebrate The Last Supper of the Lord, The Passion of…

Youth Ministry Team, Esker

Here is a photo of the Esker Youth Ministry Team, taken at a recent gathering of all the Redemptorist Youth Ministry Teams, held in late February, in Dublin. Also a photo of the entire group – teams from Clonard Monastery…

Galway Cathedral Novena, Monday Feb.13th to Tuesday Feb.21st:Times

The Annual Galway Cathedral Novena takes place this year from Monday Feb. 13th to Tuesday Feb. 21st.

SESSION TIMES:  Weekdays: 7.45am, 11.00am, 1.10pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm

SESSION TIMES SUNDAY:  9.00am, 10.30am, 12.30pm.  4.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Thursday 16th

BLESSING OF ST. DOMINIC’S WELL: Thurs. Jan.5th, Fri. Jan. 6th, after 11am Mass.

 

The annual Blessing of St. Dominic’s Well took place this Thursday, January 5th, and will take place tomorrow Friday January 6th (Feast of the Epiphany) after the 11am Mass. All are welcome! Please spread the word. 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT

Esker Brochure for 2017

Click here to see the brochure for events in 2017, in Esker.

Christmas Raffle Results:

Results Esker Christmas Raffle

draw was held in Esker on 8th December 2016

(All proceeds towards the upkeep of Esker Retreat Centre & Youth Village)

 1st Prize            Large Food Hamper                                    Catherine Mc Grath,

Death of Fr. Tommy Byrne, C.Ss.R, Esker

Yesterday, October 26th, we buried for tommy Byrne, in our Esker Community Cemetery. There was a great turnout of local Esker folk, of Redemptorists, of local priests and religious, and Bishop John Kirby presided at the funeral Mass.As his coffin…

Death of Fr. Brian Foley, C.Ss.R., September 11.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Esker Redemptorist Community, Fr. Brian Foley. He died at noon today, Sunday September 11, in University College Hospital Galway. Fr. Michael O’Flynn was with him at…

Death of Fr Pat Egan C.Ss.R.

The death has occurred today, July 9th, at c. 5pm of Fr. Patrick Egan, Redemptorist and member of the Esker Community. He died in University Hospital Galway, after a couple of weeks of illness. May he rest in…

‘BEING PRESENT IN THE PRESENCE’: Meditation Retreat: July 10-15.

MEDITATION RETREAT: BEING PRESENT IN THE PRESENCE: July 10-15Facilitator Brendan O’Rourke C.Ss.R.

July 10-15, 2016: 

A 6-day retreat (residential or non-residential).  We begin with tea on Sunday at 6pm and finish with 1pm lunch on Friday.

There will be a…

Big Day for Redemptoristine Nuns. Beatification of their Foundress, June 18th.

Saturday June 18th, 2016: Beatification of Venerable Maria Celeste Crostorosa, Foundress of the Redemptoristine Order, the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer.

On Saturday of this weekend,  Maria Crostorosa will be beatified by Cardinal Angelo Amato, in Foggia in Southern…

Retreat June 19-24: ‘TIRED BY THE JOURNEY: SITTING BY THE WELL’

JUNE 19-24: ‘TIRED BY THE JOURNEY  -  SITTING BY THE WELL’    Facilitator: Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

Dates: Sunday June 19th, arriving c. 6pm.  Departure Friday 24th, after lunch.

Theme‘Tired by the Journey  -  sitting by the Well’

What will the

Death of Fr. Jim O’Connor, Redemptorist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We regret to announce the death of one of our Redemptorist confreres, Fr. Jim O’Connor, who went to God on Monday morning April 18th, 2016. May…

Death of Brother John Augustine (‘Senan’) Forrie, C.Ss.R.

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Brother John Augustine (‘Senan’) Forrie,

C.Ss.R., of this Esker Community.

Brother Senan died peacefully on Thursday night, February 11th, 2016,  at about 9.30pm, in Galway University Hospital, where he had…

Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli, Redemptorist: Feast June 30th.

Feast of Blessed Gennaro (‘Januarius’) Maria Sarnelli, Redemptorist. 1702- 1744.

GENNARO SARNELLI  was a very close friend of young Alphonsus de Liguori,. They met in Naples, and both were lawyers, there. They came from fairly well-off families,- Alphonsus from Naples,…

Death of Fr. Martin Ryan C.Ss.R.

The death occurred unexpectedly on Friday June 5th in Marianella, Dublin, of our confrere Fr. Martin Ryan, aged 63. R.I.P.

Fr. Martin was from Templederry in Co. Tipperary. He took his first vows as a Redemptorist on September…

Tribute to Fr. Vincent Kavanagh.

Great to find this on an international Redemptorist website! Found on Facebook.

Fr. Vincent died on Friday May 15th, 2015. May he rest in peace.

http://www.cssrredemptoristi.com/english/scalanews/fr-vincent-kavanagh-cssr-a-man-who-spread-the-devotion-to-the-mother-of-perpetual-help/?utm_content=bufferfa69e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Death of Fr. Vincent Kavanagh C.Ss.R., member of Esker Community.

The death has occurred of Fr. Vincent Kavanagh C.Ss.R. peacefully, at Flannery’s Nursing Home, Abbeyknockmoy on Friday 15th May 2015. Deeply regretted by his sister Eileen, his brothers Tom and Liam, (predeceased by his brother John,his sister Marjorie and Jim…

Death of Fr. Flann Daffy, C.Ss.R., April 26th, 2015.

From the Provincial of the Cebu Province of Redemptorists, Fr. Nico Perez: an email sent to Fr Dan Baragry, C.Ss.R., Provincial Dublin Province, following the death of Fr. Flann Daffy, in Esker:

Yes kindly extend our prayers and condolences to

Death of Mrs. Phil O’Rourke.

Mrs. Phil O’Rourke, the mother of Fr Brendan O’Rourke, Rector in Esker Community, died earlier today, peacefully, in Esker Monastery. She has been cared for here for over a year and a half, by her son, Fr Brendan, and by…

St. Clement’s Students, on house-building project with SERVE in Brazil.

See article in Irish Catholic on the recent visit by students from St. Clement’s Redemptorist College in Limerick, to Brazil, along with some teachers and two Redemptorist priests from Ireland. Click here or go to

http://www.irishcatholic.ie/article/building-homes-hope-0

The St. Clement’s School…

Death of Fr. Peter Ward, C.Ss.R., on Saturday November 1st:

Fr Peter Ward of Clonard community, Belfast, died at 4.15am this Feast of All Saints, 1st November 2014, in Our Lady’s Home, Belfast

Fr Phil Dunlea was with him 

May Fr Peter rest in peace with all the saints of God…

What Blessed Pope Paul VI said spontaneously to a Redemptorist gathering, in 1973.

Recently, Pope Paul VI was declared ‘Blessed’, or beatified. It was he who was the ‘helmsman of the Second Vatican Council’, guiding it to its completion in 1965. Years later, in 1973, he met with a group of Redemptorists who…

Death of Fr. Stephen McCabe, Redemptorist.

The Month’s Mind Mass for Fr. Stephen McCabe, Redemptorist, was celebrated on Sunday Nov. 30th at 3pm in Marianella Chapel, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin. The chapel was packed with people who knew and loved Stephen and/or members of his family,…

Soul Food on Sundays:

The weekly reflections, ‘Soul Food for young Adult Communities’ and ‘Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities‘, is being discontinued for the coming few months, beginning January 19, 2014. Thanks to any who have followed us over…

Soul Food on Sundays: January 14, 2014, The Baptism of the Lord Jesus.

Soul Food on Sundays: January 14, 2014, The Baptism of the Lord Jesus. 2nd Sunday of the Year, Year A.

What is the Question? 

Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17:

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: December 22nd 2013, 4th Sunday of Advent.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: December 22nd 2013, Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A. 

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24, the birth of Jesus. First Reading Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Second Reading Romans 1:1-7 (the very start of that Letter to the…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec. 22nd 2013: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec. 22nd 2013: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A.

GOSPEL FOR TODAY: MATTHEW 1:18-24. Find it in your Bible, or Missal, or click here.

‘This is how Jesus Christ came to be

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.15th 2013. Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.15th 2013. Third Sunday of Advent, Year A.

Click here or here for the Mass Readings for this Sunday. The Gospel is Matthew 11:2-11

Dear Friends.

Now, last Sunday the 8thof December,…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec.15th 2013: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec.15th 2013: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A.

Malachy 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple;

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.8th 2013, Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.8th 2013, Second Sunday of  Advent, Year A.

(Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.  Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 71, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:1-12, or find them in your Bible.)

Dear Friends,

We…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec.8th 2013, Second Sunday of Advent.

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Dec.8th 2013,  2nd Sunday of Advent.   Click here for the Mass Readings for this Sunday.  Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 71, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:1-12.

CONSCIENCE MONEY, and FIRE IN THE BELLY:

A Question:  By any…

From ‘THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL’,- excerpt: Pope Francis.

‘Evangelii Gaudium’,- ‘The Joy of the Gospel’- Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Nov. 2013.

From the opening two paragraphs:

1. THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.1st. 2013: First Sunday of Advent. Year A.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Dec.1st 2013: First Sunday of Advent, Year A. 

Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday. Gospel is Matthew 24:37-44. Find it in your own Bible.

(Greetings to the Leaving

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: First Sunday of Advent: December 1st 2013.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: First Sunday of Advent, Year A: December 1st 2013.

Gospel: St. Matthew 22:36-44.  First Reading:  Isaiah 2:1-5: Psalm 122: Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14. Click here for this Sunday’s Mass Readings.

ADVENT IS

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Nov.24th 2013, Feast of Christ the King.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES: NOV.24th 2013:

Today, we celebrate the final Sunday of the Church’s Year, Feast of “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe”.

The Gospel is from Luke 23: 36-43. Find it in your…

Death of Fr. Alec Reid, Redemptorist, Peace-Maker.

Fr. Alec Reid C.Ss.R., (RIP) died  22nd November 2013

The Funeral of Fr. Alec Reid, ‘the quiet peacemaker’, took place on Wednesday November 27th, at 12 noon, in Clonard Monastery. You can watch it on the archives  on

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: November 24th 2013: Feast of Christ the King.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: November 24th 2013: 

FEAST OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE.

Gospel Reading: Luke 23:35-43. Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here for Sunday Mass Readings.

JESUS

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Nov.17th 2013: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: November 17th 2013: ThirtyThird Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (‘Year of Luke’):

Gospel today is from Luke 21:5-19. You can find it in your Bible, or your missal, or click here for Sunday…

Soul Food For Young Adult Communities: Nov. 10th 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Soul Food yum! For Young Adult Communities: Nov. 10th 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel:  LUKE 20:27-38  Click here for Sunday Readings for today, or find it in your own Bible or missal.

(Greetings this Sunday to the Leaving

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Nov.10th 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: NOVEMBER 10TH 2013, 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.

Gospel:  LUKE 20:27-38  Click here for Sunday Readings for today:

‘Have you no home to go to?’

Have you no home to go to?‘…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Nov.3rd 2013: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Nov.3rd 2013: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C:

Reflection written by John Doone, 3rd-level Student. (Ed.)

Tax collectors were not popular in Jesus day. People identified tax collectors with sinners. This career was associated…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Nov.3rd 2013: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Nov.3rd 2013: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.  

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10. Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday:

DENTURES LOST IN

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Oct 27th 2013: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

From Esker: Greetings and a great Thanks to the folks here, from the Crescent Comprehensive School in Limerick,  during the week for a ‘Kairos’ training event. You were an inspiration to all of us in Esker!

Death of Fr. Willie Power, Redemptorist, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.

Fr. William (Willie) Power, C.Ss.R.

1922 – 2013

The death has occurred in Carrigoran Nursing Home in Newmarketonfergus, Co. Clare, of our Redemptorist confrere, Fr. Willie Power. He was born on 20/02/’22. He died on October 23rd, 2013.…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: October 27th 2013: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN AT PRAYER:  Luke 18:9-14.  (Watch it on You Tube here!)

Honest to God! Who do we look down on, today? A question for each of us, in the room of our own heart.

Do we/I…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Oct. 20th 2013, 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Oct. 20th 2013, 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C.

Gospel Reading is Luke 18:1-8, about persisting in prayer. Find in your Bible, or your missal, or click here for Mass Readings.…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities, Oct. 13th 2013, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Oct. 13th 2013, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C.

Gospel of Today:  Luke 17: 11-19  Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here for Mass Readings.

Dear Friends,

Thanks! No Thanks! How’s…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, . Oct.13th 2013.

28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C: LUKE 17:11-19.  October 13, 2013.

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19. Read it for yourself, in your Bible or Missal, or click here.

It’s not nice to have our Favourite Prejudices exposed. ‘Please, may I hold…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: October 6th 2013, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: October 6th 2013, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel: Luke 17:5-10. Find it in your own Bible or click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.  Reflection written by Sarah Kelly, a young adult.…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sept. 29th 2013, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sept. 29th 2013, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Gospel: Luke 16:19-31   (Reflection by Sarah Kelly, a young adult).

Dear Friends.

The Gospel we read today is quite tricky. Not for obvious reasons though.…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Sunday Sept. 29th 2013: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Sept. 29th, 2013. (Year C, Year of Luke.)

‘An idol called money’ (Pope Francis):

A friend of mine has a saying – ‘Greed grows on the heart like lard…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: SEPT 22, 2013. 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: SEPT 22, 2013. Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. (St. Luke).

Gospel of this Sunday: Luke 16:1-13 Find it in your Bible, or Missal, or click here for Mass Readings for this…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sept.22nd 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sept.22nd 2013, Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, (Year of  Luke).

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                    We live in a world that is preoccupied with…

Recent Publications, available from Esker.

Two recent publications may be purchased through Esker shop:

1:    ’Life of St. Gerard Majella’,- a new and thoroughly researched life of this popular saint, Patron of Mothers: written by Fr. Brendan McConvery, C.Ss.R, and published in late August…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Sept.15th 2013, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Sept.15th 2013, Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C,- ‘The Year of Luke’.

Gospel: Luke 15:1-32. Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.

LUKE CHAPTER 15:1,2:  ”Now the tax collectors and sinners were

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sept.15th 2013, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for  Young Adult Communities: Sept 15th 2013, Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (St. Luke).

The Gospel today is from Luke Chapter 15, verses 1 -32 . It includes 3 parables, The Lost Coin, the Lost…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sept.8th 2013, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sept.8th 2013, Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33.  Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.

(Editor’s Note: This weekend, we are all ‘in continuous prayer together with Mary the Mother of Jesus’,

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Sept.8th 2013, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: SEPT. 8 2013, 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33.  Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.

This Sunday’s Context: Syria, and pending decisions about invading.  Confirmed today that there are…

Death of Fr. Michael Browne, C.Ss.R. Sept. 5, 2013.

The death has occurred today, Sept. 5th at c. 4.30am, in Belfast of a dearly-loved Redemptorist priest, Fr. Michael Browne. Fr. Michael was ordained in Cluain Mhuire by Bishop Michael Browne, in 1961. The day of his ordination co-incided with…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sunday Sept.1st 2013: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Sunday Sept.1st 2013: Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel:  Luke 14:1 and 7-14. Click here for Mass Readings for today.

Dear Friends,

‘DON’T FORGET THE POOR!’

Two young people decided that they wanted…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Sept. 1, 2013, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:

TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY: SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES`:  SEPTEMBER 1, 2013.

Gospel: Luke 14:1 and 7-14.  Reading 1: Ecclesiasticus 3:17-20, 28-29.  Reading 2: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24. Click here for Mass Readings for today.

Of Ladder, Jockeys, and Bicycle Wheels.

An…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sun. Aug. 25 2013, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sun. Aug. 25 2013, Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Dear Friends.

There’s a song I’ve been listening to lately, and I just can’t seem to get it out of my head. Do you…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 25 2013, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 25 2013, Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel: Luke 13:22-30.  First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21. Find these in your Sunday Missal or in your Bible, or click here for Mass Readings. 

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES: August 18 2013: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES: August 18th  2013, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53.

Dear Friends,

On June 13th last year, I watched the Olympic Torch being carried through the centre of Edinburgh. Over…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 18th 2013: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 18th 2013: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 18th 2013: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

20TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: AUGUST 18 2013

‘Keeping our eyes fixed

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 11 2013, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: AUGUST 11, 2013. SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES:

(You are invited to share in reading this reflection with at least one other person, remembering ‘Where two or more of you are gathered in my…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: August 4th 2013: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: August 4 2013, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year of St Luke.  ( A ‘community’ can be two or more- for Jesus said: ‘where two or more of you gather in my name, there I

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: August 4th 2013: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: August 4th 2013: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. 

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21. Reading 1: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.   Reading 2: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. Click here for Mass Readings, or find them in your own missal…

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Feast Day, August 1st.

FEAST OF ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, AUGUST 1st.

To learn about Alphonsus Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists, click here to listen to YouTube, a 6 minute talk given by Fr. Michael Brehl, former Provincial of the Redemptorists of the Edmonton/Toronto Province,…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: July 28th 2013: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: July 28th 2013: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Year of St. Luke.

Gospel: Luke 11:1-13.

‘OUR FATHER!’

You don’t have to go far to find God’, said Simone Weil, ‘just notice things!

When I…

Sunday July 21st, Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer.

This Sunday, July 21st, is the third Sunday in July, and is, for Redemptorists and

Redemptoristines throughout the world, the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Redemptoristines are The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer’, O.Ss.R., and

Redemptorists are The…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: July 21, 2013: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: JULY 21, 2013. YEAR OF ST. LUKE.

Mass Readings for this Sunday:  GOSPEL: LUKE 10:38-42.  First Reading is from Genesis 18:1-10.  Second Reading is from Colossians 1:24-28. Click here for Mass Readings, or find them…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: July 21 2013, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities, July 21, 2013: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Sitting at someone’s feet won’t boil the kettle for them! And fussing doesn’t make for good conversation!

Isn’t it great sometimes to go out for a…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JULY 14th 2013, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JULY 14, 2013, FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

Mass Readings for this Sunday: Deuteronomy 30:10-14, Colossians 1:15-20, Luke 10:25-37.  Click here for Mass Readings.

Gospel: Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37.

Did you ever have the feeling…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sunday July 14th 2013: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Sunday July 14th 2013: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. 

Letter to Sinead, Mark, and Friends, – young adults who are searching. 

The Gospel of this Sunday is about the Good Samaritan, in Luke 10:25-37.…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES, JULY 7, 2013: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES, JULY 7, 2013: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends,- gatherings of 2 or more young adults in search of faith. (Today’s Letter is written by Sarah Kelly, a young…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JULY 7, 2013, FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JULY 7, 2013, FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.  YEAR OF LUKE.

Mass Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 66:10-14,   Letter to the Galatians 6:14-18,  Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20. Or Click here for Mass Readings.

St.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 30 2013, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES: JUNE 30TH 2013. THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.

Letter to Sinead, Mark, and their Friends,-  young adults who are searching, today.

Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,

‘To go the whole hog’ means…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: June 30, 2013: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JUNE 30TH, 2013 THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR C (ST. LUKE). 

See Mass Readings for texts. Readings are: 1st Kings:19:16, 19-21.  Galatians  5:1, 13-18.  Luke 9: 51-62. 

JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT DO ‘WISHY-WASHY’. He…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 23, 2013: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 23rd 2013: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C,- the Year of Luke. ( In Year C, of the A,B,C cycle of Readings shared in many Christian Denominations including Catholic, the Sunday Gospels

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: June 23rd 2013: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES:JUNE 23 2013. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

See Mass Readings for this Sunday: Reading 1: Zecheriah 12:10-11, 13:1.  Psalm 62:2-6,8-9;  Reading 2: Galatians  3:26-29.  Gospel: Luke 9:18-24.

What would the following have in common,…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: June 16, 2013: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: June 16, 2013: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Gospel: Luke 7: 36- 8:3: Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee.

Someone has said that in St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is either going to…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES; June 16, 2013: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES; June 16, 2013: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

(A faith or searching ‘Community’ can be two in Toronto, six in Sydney, or any amount anywhere!)

Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends, young adults searching

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: June 9th 2013, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: JUNE 9TH 2013, TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

Mass Readings: St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19, and Gospel of Luke 7:11-17. Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday:

Two young men found…

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 9th, 2013, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 9th, 2013, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.   A ‘community’ can be two, three or several people!

Mass Readings for this Sunday: Gospel from Luke 7:11-17;  Reading from Paul to the Galatians, Chapter…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: June 2nd, 2013: ‘Corpus Christi’

FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD: ‘CORPUS CHRISTI’. June 2nd, 2013.

Readings for this Sunday: First Letter to Corinthians, Chapter 11, verses 23-26, and Gospel of Luke, Chapter 9, verses 11-17. Click here for Mass Readings.

SOUL

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: May 26, 2103: Trinity Sunday

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities,- Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, May 26, 2013.

Letter to Sinead, Mark, and Friends,-  young adult seekers.

Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,

Some of the most wonderful things in life are very ordinary.…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities:Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, May 26, 2013.

Do you ‘know’ God, your heavenly Father? (‘Know’ in the Scriptures means ‘knowing

with your heart, you whole being’: Adam ‘knew’ his wife Eve, and they…

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: Pentecost 2013.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013.

See Mass Readings for this Sunday. Click here.

‘I WILL ASK THE FATHER AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER AND HE WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER…THE HELPER,

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Pentecost Sunday, May 19 2013.

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities, Pentecost Sunday, May 10, 2013.

Sinead, Mark and Friends are young adults. A community is two, three or more people, sharing their faith and questions and search.

Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,

LOCKED IN?…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: May 5, 2013, Ascension.

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: ASCENSION SUNDAY: MAY 12, 2013.

Find the Mass Readings on Homepage, or click here.

Where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.’  ‘We …in spirit dwell

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Ascension Sunday, May 5, ’13.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES:  ASCENSION SUNDAY, May 5th, 2013.

See Mass Readings here, or read Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1, verses 1 to 11, and St. Luke’s Gospel, the very last chapter, Chapter 24, verses 46-53.…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: April 28, 2013, 5th Sunday of Easter

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 28, 2013.

See Mass Readings for today, click here: Have a quick look at the first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27, where Paul and Barnabas…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: 5th Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28th 2013: Year C, the Year of Luke.

For Mass Readings for this Sunday, click here. (Some Lectionaries have the first reading as Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27, and…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: April 21, 2013, Fourth Sunday of Easter

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: April 21, 2013, Fourth Sunday of Easter.

‘Good Shepherd Sunday’:

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: April 21, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Easter.

If you would like ‘10/10 Vision’, go to John

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: 4th Sunday of Easter, April 21, 2013.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES, April 21, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Easter.

Gospel for this Sunday:  John 10: 27-30

LETTER TO SINEAD, MARK AND FRIENDS,- young adults together.

Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends,

‘The Lamb will be

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013.

Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends,- young adults;  (and a ‘community’ can be 2 people or twelve or any number!)

Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends,

Hope Easter…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 14,2013

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES:

(‘communities’ of 2, 12, or any amount!)

Third Sunday after Easter, April 14, 2013:  Gospel: St. John, Chapter 21, verses 1 and following.

Jesus Christ doesn’t do Small!  He didn’t do Small at Cana,…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities, 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7 2013

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities, 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2013.

Community’ may be two or 12 or….  and Sinead, Mark and Friends are young adults!

Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends,

Today is Doubting Thomas’ day,…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2013.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2013.

‘Doubting Thomas’ is the person put before us, in the Gospel for this Second Sunday of Easter. It’s from Chapter 20 of St. John,- the first account…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Easter Sunday 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, Easter Sunday 2013.

Christ is Risen!’ ‘He is truly Risen!‘-  a greeting that is used among people, in many middle European countries on Easter Sunday morning. He is truly risen!

‘I am with you

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Easter Sunday March 31, 2013

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Easter Sunday March 31, 2013.

Sinead, Mark and Friends are young adults.

Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends, 

20-20 Vision!  Wouldn’t you love to have it? ‘The disciples were filled with joy when they saw

Death of Fr. Paddy Breen, C.Ss.R.

Death of Fr. Paddy Breen, C.Ss.R.

The death has occurred on Wednesday March 27th of Fr. Paddy Breen, a Redemptorist much loved among his confreres and by so many among whom and to whom he ministered over his long…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Palm Sunday, March 24th 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: Palm Sunday, March 24th 2013. You are invited to go to HomePage for this Holy Week, to Reflections for Holy Week 2013,- with a reflection each day from Palm Sunday to Easter, and on

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: Palm Sunday March 24, 2013:

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: (‘where two or more of you gather together in my name…‘).

Sinead and Mark are two young adults.

Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,

During the coming week, there will be a Reflection

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from St. Patrick’s, Esker, Athenry!

We wish you a truly blessed and happy celebration of the feast of St Patrick, on this Sunday March 17th, 2013. God bless you all!

We all rejoice in the election of our new Pope, Pope Francis. God bless him…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, St. Patrick’s Day 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, St. Patrick’s Day 2013

On this our St. Patrick’s Day, 2013, we pray very especially for our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. May the Lord bless him mightily, and give him strength and comfort…

Soul Food on St. Patrick’s Day 2013: For Young Adult Communities.

Soul Food on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2013: For Young Adult

Communities.

(A ‘community‘ can be 2 people or more…)

Letter to Sinead and Mark and Friends.  (Sinead and Mark are two young adults.)

Visit You Tube

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: March 10, 2013, Fourth Sunday of Lent

SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: March 10, 2013, Fourth Sunday of Lent. Year of St. Luke.

Gospel today is Luke 15:1-3, and 11-32.  The Parable of the Prodigal Son. See it on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxfdChYCKYA.

Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends.

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: March 10, 2013.

GOSPEL for this Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2013: Luke 15:1-3, and 11-32: The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

“‘The tax collectors and sinners were all pressing

SOUL FOOD for Hungry Adult Communities: 3rd Sunday of Lent, March 3, 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: March 3, 2013, Third Sunday of Lent, Year C (Year of Luke).

Gospel reading: Luke 13:1-9  (See Mass Readings for today, on HomePage)

Jesus didn’t give a fig about fig trees,- but…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: February 24, 2013: Second Sunday of Lent

TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD.  2ND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C, FEBRUARY 24, 2013.

Soul Food for Young Adult Faith Communities,- of 2 to 22 to…

(Gospel for this Sunday: Luke 9:28-36, the story of the Transfiguration of the Lord. See

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES: February 24, 2013, Second Sunday of Lent

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT 2013, FEB.24TH.

GOSPEL OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD: Luke 9:28-36 (See Mass Readings for this Sunday, on HomePage)

At the corner of 4th and Walnut’is how Thomas Merton, the writer

and Trappist monk, begins the…

Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 17, 2013

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES:  First Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013. Year of Luke.

See Homepage for Mass Readings for this Sunday: the Gospel is Luke 4:1-13

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES:

Letter to Sinead…

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: First Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013

Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: First Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013.  Year of St. Luke.

See HomePage for Mass Readings for this Sunday. The Gospel is St. Luke, Chapter 4, verses 1-13.

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT; Feb. 10, 2013, Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: FEB. 10, 2013, FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME.

See ‘Mass Readings’ in Homepage for today’s readings: Gospel is from Luke 5:1-11.

This past week, great crowds are flocking to the Novena in the Cathedral…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: February 10, 2013: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: February 10, 2013: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK, – two young adults.

Click on Mass Readings, on Home Page, for this Sunday’s Readings: Gospel Reading is Luke Chapter 5, verses

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULTS: FEB.3, 2013. FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: FEB. 3RD, 2013. SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT.

‘Ah, sure, who’s he to talk? Sure, don’t we know his family, and where he comes from. Who does he think he is, anyway?’

Sounds like…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS, February 3, 2013.

SOUL FOOD,  on the FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: FEBRUARY 3RD, 2013.

Letter to Sinead and Mark, two young adults.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to

Soul Food for Young Adults,- Sunday, January 27, 2013 (Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C).

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK,- two young adults.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Do you ever feel the need for someone or some group to give you new heart and hope- to put pep in your step again, and energy to…

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: January 27, 2013. Third Sunday.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, JAN.27, 2013.

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT:     Jesus has a Dream for the world!

INAUGURATION SPEECHES and speeches with a passion for justice, can be up-lifting for the human heart and for entire communities,…

Media Statement from the Provincial Leadership Team of the Irish Redemptorists

Media Statement from the Provincial Leadership Team of the Irish Redemptorists  

Sunday 20th January 201

The Irish Redemptorist Community is deeply saddened by the breakdown in communication between Fr. Tony Flannery C.Ss.R. and the Congregation for the Doctrine of…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: JANUARY 20, 2013, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK- two young adults.

2nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, JANUARY 20 2013. Click on Mass Readings on Home Page, for the Readings for this Sunday.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

We’re back…

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: January 20th, 2013, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT:

Go to Home page for the Mass Readings for this Sunday. Gospel is John 2:1-11. First Reading is Isaiah 62:1-5. Second Reading is First Corinthians 12:4-11.

Last…

Dear Sinead and Mark,- January 13th, 2013, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS:    Letter to Sinead and Mark- two young adults.

Readings for this Sunday, January 13 2013,  are from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C; Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11.  St.…

SOUL-FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: JANUARY 13, 2013, FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD.

SOUL-FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: JANUARY 13, 2013, FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD.

(Readings from Year C.  Readings for this Sunday are from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C; Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11.  St.…

Soul Food for Young Adults: Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2013.

Soul Food for Young Adults: Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2013.

Letter to Sinead and Mark,- two young adults:

Dear Sinead and Mark,

How’s the New Year for you? Hope it’s been good, and that you have had a…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Jan.6, 2013

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult:

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD:   JAN 6, 2012

Do you know that there is a STAR shining over YOU?  You are the place now where Christ is…

Soul Food for Young Adults: Letter to Sinead and Mark: January 1, 2013

Soul Food for Young Adults: Letter to Sinead and Mark: January 1, 2013.

Feast of Mary, the Mother of God…. and our Mother, our LADY.

Sinead and Mark are two young adults.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

For this New Year’s…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013.

January 1st, 2013:  Feast of Mary, Mother of God. 

(Readings: Numbers 6:22-27,  Galatians 4:4-7,  Luke 2:16-21.)

A BLESSING: How about this for a blessing, to start a new year? It’s a famous Jewish blessing,- (from the First Reading…

Wholly Family!- The Holy Family. Sunday December 30, 2012.

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: Dec. 30th, 2012

I got this from a website called Skin Ministries: I was looking for the story about a God with skin on him,- about the boy that was crying and…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: ‘Dear Sinead and Mark’: Christmas Day 2012

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS:

A Christmas Letter to Sinead and Mark, two young adults:

 

Dear Sinead, Dear Mark,

Here’s wishing you a truly blessed Christmas, filled with wonder.

Today, I simply give you a story written by a…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: December 25, 2012: ‘Christmas, Present!’

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult:  ’CHRISTMAS,  PRESENT’ !

THE WORD BECAME FLESH; he lived among us, and we saw his glory.” (John 1:14)  (from the Gospel for the Midday Mass on Christmas Day)

 

 

 

 

 

 …

Soul Food for Hungry Adults: 4th Sunday of Advent, Dec.23, 2012

FOURTH SUNDAY  OF ADVENT: SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULTS: DEC.23, 2012.  Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-44. Micah 5:1-4, Hebrews 10:5-10

The food is in; the presents are nearly all bought; the decorations and the tree are all ready; the Christmas lights…

Soul Food for Young Adults: 4th Sunday of Advent, Dec. 23, 2012. ‘Dear Sinead and Mark’

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT,  Dec. 23, 2012.  (Gospel: Luke 1:39-44)

Letter to Sinead and Mark,- two young adults.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

As a child and young boy, I would sit out on the wall of the front garden of…

Death of Fr. Denis Cronin, Redemptorist, in Brazil, Dec. 12, 2012.

The death occurred on December 12th in Brazil, of Fr. Denis Cronin, Redemptorist. Fr. Denis was born in Kiskeam in County Cork, in 1933. He had been part of the Irish Vice- Province of Fortaleza, in North East Brazil, since the…

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULTS: 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DEC.16, 2012

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULTS:  THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DEC.16, 2012.

‘Come dance with me!’was  a famous 1959 album by Frank Sinatra.

And we’re all familiar with ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘, the competition on BBC where amateurs and professionals link up, for…

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 16, 2012.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 16th, 2012. Soul Food for Young Adults.

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK, two young adults:

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Advent. Adventure! Adventurous! Go for it! Go for the adventure of  following the

Master, wherever he…

SOUL FOOD for the Hungry Adult: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dec.9th 2012.

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT:  SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT:  DECEMBER 9TH, 2012.

Can I invite you to imagine you are reading the following in 35 years time, in 2047?   ‘When Benedict XVI was in the seventh year of his

Soul Food for Young Adults: Second Sunday of Advent, December 9th, 2012.

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C:  DECEMBER 9TH, 2012.

Letter to Sinead and Mark:  (Sinead and Mark are two Young Adults):

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Are you following the Kate and William story? Great joy! A child is expected, early…

Soul Food for Hungry Adults, December 2, 2012. First Sunday of Advent.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C (THE YEAR OF LUKE): DECEMBER 2, 2012.

Soul Food for Hungry Adults:

‘MARANATHA! COME, LORD JESUS!,

The Budget is coming and the days are cold, – but the lights are being lit up,

there’s…

Soul Food for Young Adults: Letter to Sinead and Mark, Dec. 2nd, 2102

Soul Food for Young Adults:  A Letter to Sinead and Mark, December 2nd , 2012.

First Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, 2012. Beginning ‘The Year of Luke’, when the readings on Sundays are mostly from St. Luke’s Gospel.

Sinead and

Soul Food for Young Adults: Feast of Christ the King. November 25th, 2012.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS. Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. Nov.25th, 2012. Gospel Reading – St. John, Chapter 18:33-37.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Back again! This weekend is the very last Sunday in Ordinary Time, in the…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: Feast of Christ the King, November 15, 2012.

Feast of Christ the King: November 25th, 2012.

Reading 1: Revelations 1:5-8, Gospel John 18:33-37. See Mass Readings on HomePage.

‘YES, I AM A KING!’

He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood.’ (notice the present…

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. November 18th, 2012.

‘Soul Food for the Hungry Adult’.

Gospel Reading for this Thirty Third Sunday is Mark 13:24-32. See Mass Readings on Home Page.

‘All will be revealed!’ When? In God’s own time. That’s at the heart of today’s reading, from the…

Dear Sinead and Mark – ‘Soul Food for Young Adults’, November 18, 2012

THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B: November 18th, 2012.

 

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Did you watch any of the London Olympics, this year? Did you by any chance watch any of the opening ceremony, and the spectacle…

Soul Food for Young Adults: Letter to Sinead and Mark. Nov. 11, 2012.

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK; Nov. 11th, 2012. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

(Sinead and Mark are two young adults.)

DEAR SINEAD AND MARK,

It’s a cold and November kind of day, these days. We’re getting nearer to the turn…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult. 32nd Sunday: Nov.11th, 2012

Thirty Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: November 11th, 2012.

Gospel: Mark 12:38-44.  The two tiny coins of the widow-woman.

Jesus is paying his very last visit to the Temple, on the Tuesday before his suffering began. And as…

Soul Food for Young Adults, ‘Dear Sinead and Mark’, November 4, 2012

Reflection for Sunday November 4th, 2012.    31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

See ‘Mass Readings’ for this Sunday, on Home Page.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Spot on! Bingo! You got it in one! You got straight to the heart

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: 31st. Sunday. November 4, 2012.

31st Sunday, Year B. St. Mark’s Gospel Chapter 12, verses 28-34.

‘The love in your heart was not put there to stay. Love isn’t love until you give it away.’

‘Write them on the doorframes of your houses.’ (Deuteronomy 6:9)

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: October 28, 2012.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.  October 28th, 2012.

See HomePage for ‘Mass Readings’ for this Sunday. The Gospel is from MARK 10:46-52.

Three blind mice?… Three blind men- and one who sees!

In just over two chapters, Mark…

‘LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK’- October 28th , 2012.

LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK.  SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS.

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: OCTOBER 28, 2012

(See Homepage for Mass Readings for this Sunday)

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Did you ever find yourselves, either of you, ‘at a…

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT, 29th Sunday, OCT. 21, 2012.

29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B:  OCTOBER 21ST. 2012.

‘SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT.’

See Home Page for Mass Readings for this Sunday. The Gospel is Mark 10:35-45.

A little background to today’s Gospel story:

If you say…

Letter to Sinead and Mark. October 21, 2012.

See ‘Mass Readings’ on Home Page, for the readings for this 29th Sunday. The Gospel is Mark 10:35-45.

29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 21ST, 2012.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Hope your week was great! How did you make out…

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: Oct. 14, 2012. 28th Sunday.

Soul Food for Hungry Adults: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 14th, 2012.

Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-3o   Jesus and the Rich Young Man.

You can’t be filled if you’re full. You cannot be ‘full-filled’! You can’t

Letter to Sinead and Mark, Sunday Oct.14th, 2012: 28th Sunday.

Click on Home Page, and Mass Readings for this Sunday’s Gospel, Mark 10, verses 17-30. The Rich Young Man, -(or find it in your own Gospel of St. Mark).

Sinead and Mark are two young adults.

Dear Sinead

Weekly Letter to Sinead and Mark, for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct.6th, 2012

27th Sunday, October 7th, 2012.

(Sinead and Mark are two Young Adults).

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Did you ever hear anyone asking ‘How’s it going, oul’ stock?’  It’s a term of affection, and this is what my Googling of it…

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: 27th Sunday, Oct.7th, 2012.

FOR HUNGRY ADULTS, SOULFOOD.  Oct. 7, 2012.

‘He should have gone to Specsavers!’ That would be true of the (imaginary) reader who was stumbled through a public reading from St. Paul, and came out with ‘Husbands revere your wives…em, em..em..…

Soul Food for Hungry Young Adults! September 30th 2012.

Today’s ‘Soul Food’ reflects on the Gospel for Sunday 30th September, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Click on Mass Readings on Homepage, and on Sunday Readings, for text: St. Mark, Chapter 9, verses 38-43, also verse 45, verses 47-48,-

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 30, 2012

26th Sunday: For Hungry Adults.

Not one of us!’ and Millstones!

Not easy readings, this weekend. St. James doesn’t put a tooth in it when he addresses the rich  who are cheating people, not paying proper wages, holding back moneys…

Weekly Letter to Sinead and to Mark: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23rd , 2012.

25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, SEPT. 23rd , 2012.

Weekly Letter to Sinead and to Mark, two young adults, hungering for God-knows-what.

(See ‘Mass Texts’ in Home Page, for the text of this Sunday’s Readings: the Gospel of the day

Reflection: 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: SEPT. 23, 2012.

25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: SEPT. 23, 2012.

(For today’s Readings, click on Mass Texts, on HomePage.)

Weekly ‘Soul Food for the Hungry Adult’:

A few years ago, under a previous Government in Ireland, there was a cartoon about the…

Feast of the Holy Cross, Sept. 14th.

Greater love than this no one has…’ (John 15:13)

‘And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to myself.’ (John 12:32)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For you.

 

 

 …

SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY YOUNG ADULTS: Sept. 16, 2012.’Dear Sinead and Mark’.

This week’s Letter to Sinead and Mark, two young friends:

Sunday September 16, 2012. Gospel: St.Mark, 8:27-35. (Click on Mass Readings on Menu for the text of the readings)

Dear Sinead and Mark,

Back again with you!  Can I take…

SOUL FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY ADULT: Reflection: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept.16, 2012

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35  (click on ‘Mass Readings’, for the texts.)

You couldn’t miss seeing Caesarea Philippi. Jesus and his disciples had walked the 40k or more towards it, directly northeast of the Sea…

Homily given at Esker Cemetery Sunday Mass, Sept. 9, 2012

CEMETERY SUNDAY 2012:  A great number of family members of Redemptorist Brothers and Priests, buried in our community Cemetery here , travelled to Esker for our annual Cemetery Sunday. The weather was not kind to us, the Mass…

Reflection: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: September 9, 2012.

Soul Food for the Hungry Adult: Reflection: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: September 9, 2012.

Gospel: Mark 7:31-37.   Reading 1: Isaiah 35:4-7. Reading 2: St. James 2:1-5.

Lord, we’re all ears!

Jesus’ sat-nav must have been turned…

Cemetery Sunday in Esker, September 9th, 2012, 3pm.

The Annual Cemetery Sunday Mass for Redemptorists who are buried here in Esker, will be held on Sunday September 9th, at 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Refreshments to follow. For any enquiries, phone Esker 091 844007.

See a Special…

Reflection: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 2,2012.

Reflection: Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 2,2012.

Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’

I love liquorice all-sorts! I love to peek into the…

Reflection 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 26th 2012.

Reflection 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 26th, 2012. Gospel Reading (in Year B) is from St. John, Chapter 6, verses 60 to 69.

It’s crunch time:  ‘What about you, will you also go away?’  A hard saying, because a profound…

Reflection: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, – August 19, 2012.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 19, 2012. Readings are from Year B.

Recently, a five year-old granddaughter said to her Grannie, during Holy Communion time at Mass: ‘Jesus is up there in the bread!- But, he’s not stuck in

August 17th, 2012,- New Irish/Brazilian Redemptorist Mission to Africa.

AUGUST 17TH, 2012 will be remembered for the Formal Opening of the New Irish/Brazilian Redemptorist Mission in Mozambique and Malawi:

Plant an acorn, wait for an oak.’

Ever heard of ‘Chechewa’ ? Across Mozambique and neighbouring Malawi,…

Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, August 15th.

The Catholic feast of the Assumption is celebrated on Aug. 15, and Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the Mother of God) on or around the same date.

Mary was with…

Reflection, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 12, 2012.

Reflection for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Readings Year B,  August 12, 2012.

Gospel: St. John’s Gospel, Chapter 6, verses 41-51.

Get up and eat or the journey will be too long for you!’ (from first reading). And we’re talking…

Alphonsus, A Man on Fire

Alphonsus, A Man on Fire

Return Love for Love
is what he said to do.
When all was said and done, this was his heart’s deep cry,-
‘return love, for love’.

Live in the Birth

August 1st,- Feast of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists.

The first day of August is dear to Redemptorists throughout the world. It is the Feast day of their Founder, St. Alphonsus de Liguori. Born in Naples in 1696, he died at Pagani in 1787, in his 91st

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. July 29th, 2012.

YEAR B: 17TH SUNDAY: JOHN 6:1-15.

There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what is that between so many?’ (John 6)   Philip was thinking that eight months’ wages wouldn’t be enough to feed…

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, July 22nd, 2012.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: July 22nd. 2012

He took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.’ (Mark 6: 34)

‘Do you love me?… Feed my

‘Copiosa apud Eum Redemptio’ -the Redemptorist Motto.

‘Copiosa apud Eum Redemptio’ -the Redemptorist Motto. On the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Third Sunday of July each year, -and this year on July 15th- , a short reflection on the motto of the Redemptorists since the…

Reflection: 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B: July 8th, 2012.

Most of them were astonished when they heard him.‘ When Jesus, the local boy from Nazareth, came home, many were astonished when they heard him speaking in their synagogue. Astonished,-  but unbelieving. Amazed, but not willing to welcome him and…

ASTONISHED HEARTS, – a Reflection on the Eucharistic Congress.

ASTONISHED  HEARTS, – a Reflection on the Eucharistic Congress 2012.

The mood was infectious as we walked towards Croke Park for the Final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, on June 17th. We wended our way past some slower walkers,…

Reflection for Sunday June 24th, Feast of Birth of John the Baptist

Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist, Sunday, June 24th, 2012.

 

126 was the number of our house when I was growing up, in Dublin.  And John 1:26 was the number of the text of Scripture in the…

Eleventh Sunday of the Year, Year B, St. Mark: A Reflection

Welcome to the Eleventh Sunday of the Year.

A Reflection:

Tyburn is beside Hyde Park, in London. Tyburn was  the place where,  in the 1600’s, Catholics,  clergy and lay, were  taken for execution. They were  hung, then cut down and…

Panis Angelicus, O Sacrum Convivium, O Salutaris Hostia, Adoro Te Devote, Tantum Ergo

THREE HYMNS FOR CORPUS CHRISTI, also  ADORO TE DEVOTE, and TANTUM ERGO

Below are three hymns composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Google any one of them on YouTube, to…

The Opening of a new Redemptorist House, ‘Scala’, in Cork.

This past Sunday, May 20,2012, saw the official opening of the new Redemptorist House, called ‘SCALA’, in Blackrock, in Cork. Located close to Blackrock Castle, the surroundings of what was formerly known as Castlemahon House are beautiful, with miles of…

Feast of the Ascension of our Lord, May 20, 2012.

‘ARE WE THERE YET?, ARE WE THERE YET? ARE WE THERE YET?’-  so says the young Goat to the Camel and to the Cow, in the Bothar advertisement. (See ‘Are we there yet? on You Tube!)

On the Feast of…

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B: – A Gospel Reflection

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B, -May 13th 2012.

Gospel of the Day, – St. John, Chapter 15, verses 9 – 17.

Giving a retreat one day to a Confirmation Class, in Antrim, I put a leading question…

A Never-Ending Ocean

A Never-ending Ocean

“A never-ending ocean, bottomless and shoreless”,-
his passion and his dying,
instead of us,
for us.
‘Ours…he was bearing.’ (‘bearting’)*
‘Ours…he was carrying’
‘for our rebellions…’
‘because of

Fr. Finbarr Connolly C.Ss.R., R.I.P.

Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R.

1924 – 2012

Fr. Finbarr was born on 24th August 1924 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  He professed his vows as a Redemptorist in Dundalk on 8th September 1942.  After his profession…

Death of Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R.

 

Fr. Finbarr Connolly, R. I. P.

 

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R. who died peacefully on Monday 7th May 2012.  He had been declining over the past few years and…

Reflection for Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 6.

Gospel is John 15: 1-8,- The Vine and the Branches.

How rooted are we? How connected are we? ‘Put your roots down into the soil of God’s marvelous love‘ (Psalm 139, Living Bible). Have you, by any chance,…

“Jesus is LORD”,- well, kind of, sort of…

‘Jesus is Lord’

“JESUS IS LORD !”-
Jesus is, – well,
kind of,
sort of,
‘Lord’-
you know what I mean, but then,
so what? -
great for

Good Shepherd Sunday April 29, 2012.

A Reflection for today:

I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep…I know my own, and my own know me…and I lay down my life for my sheep.’ (St. John,…

Vocation Discernment,- a Letter

A reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday April 29, 2012.

‘How do we, as followers of Jesus, discern our calling in life?’ That was the question I faced as I recently (in March 2012) prepared to talk to a few young…

‘What a Way !’ – a response to an 18 year-old’s letter.

What a Way!

What a Way!What a Way!

What a way to be,
in life!-
Open vessel to receive
the Abba-love of God,
poured out with,
Oh, such lavishness:

Open to return

Happy Eastertime to all!- continued!

Third Sunday of Easter,- April 22nd. 

Here we come near the end of St. Luke’s Gospel; the two disciples who had walked the seven miles to Emmaus with the Stranger,- Jesus, Risen indeed- and who had recognised him at…

Jerusalem to Emmaus? Emmaus to Jerusalem? Our Choice.

Jerusalem to Emmaus? Emmaus to Jerusalem?-  Our choice.

Are we embarrassed?

Have we been running,

lemming-like,

to our Emmauses-

because we’re mortified -in these so-modern times -

by Calvary?

Have we, for forty years, been wandering

anywhere

but there

where…

Death of Brother John (‘Baptist’) Cashman, C.Ss.R.

We regret to announce the death of Br. John (Baptist) Cashman, C.Ss.R. of the Redemptorist Community at Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick.  Br. John died peacefully at 3.10pm on Wednesday, 18th April in the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.  Fr. Adrian…

First Sunday after Easter: ‘Resurections: Give me your Hand!’

RESURRECTIONS:  Give me your hand!

‘Give me your hand’

to wipe a tear,

to make a cup of tea:

Do not be unbelieving but believe

that I am here,

before you and within;-

Give me your hand

to touch a…

Wednesday of Easter Week: ‘Uncork the Wine!’

UNCORK THE WINE

of the Crucified,-

abundant Feast

for now a

wine-washed world.

How can we repay

except to drink and drink and

drink

until a deadening dearth…

EASTER SUNDAY: Eucharist!

Eucharist:

“Eu-Charis”*    and   “Leit-Ourgia” **

The Spirit of the Leading Lord

takes to the floor,

begins the dance,

casts off the mourning veil,

and swirls twirls in the

rapture of the rhythm…

Easter Sunday Reflection: ‘Funny Bones’

Funny Bones:

Them bones, Them bones-

are some good bones

for living to the full;

 

Head bone for thinking well

on all that is

and how and why

it is.

 

Back bone for Will,

decisions made

and followed…

Holy Saturday: ‘Why Gather?’

WHY GATHER

for this Festival of

Pasch?

 

Why come into

this time of Passing,

over?

 

What is the meaning

of our feet

that walk together to

an ancient hill,

still new?

 

Who are these gathered people,

of…

Fr. Jim Stanley, Redemptorist, R.I.P.

We regret to announce the death of Fr. Jim Stanley, C.Ss.R. in our Redemptorist community in Marianella, Dublin, on Monday, 2nd April, 2012.

An outline of the life of Fr. Jim Stanley, C.Ss.R.

Fr. Jim was a native of Woodford,…

Good Friday: ‘You will see heaven from here’


  YOU WILL SEE HEAVEN  FROM HERE!

                                   

Good Friday Morning: ‘Death of the Anaconda’ #2

DEATH OF THE ANACONDA, #2

The ‘Now‘ had come

at last,-

the Agoné begins,

the Wrestling,

when Princes meet

to death,-

‘Prince of this world’ the one,                                                (John 12:31)

now meets ‘the Prince, the Lord, of Glory’.…

Good Friday Evening: ‘Curtains’

Curtains !

(Reflecting on Mark 15:38)

He

breathed then his last,

his all was handed over;

and then,

that selfsame

moment,

the curtains of

our eyes

were rent…

Good Friday, afternoon: ‘Upon the Cross’

UPON THE CROSS:

‘I have revealed your name                                                upon the cross

I have glorified you                                            …

Holy Thursday: ‘Bread and Basin’

Bread and Basin,

Towel and Table

ever for His followers

entwined;

 

Water poured on feet, and blood on wood,

speak silently this single truth-

Hold in my healing hands

the frightened feet,

the hungering hopes

of those who sup…

Wednesday of Holy Week- ‘Spy Wednesday’: ‘Gethsemane’

GETHSEMANE:

Who was it said that ‘Yes’?-

‘Not my will but yours be done!‘?

A man, a truly man,

a truly God within

the Trinity.

A God said human Yes

to God,-

A man who took us to himself,

one…

Tuesday of Holy Week: ‘Darkening’

Darkening

Sorrow clouds now gather,

Days of Sin’s great gloom,

The Holy One prepares himself

for utter abandonment

experienced.

His head, his whole self

pressed down and down and down

beneath…

Monday of Holy Week: ‘Brilliance, from Darkness’

BRILLIANCE FROM DARKNESS:

He faced the cave of darkness,

utterly,

for this is why he came:

his heart was filled with terror,

with disgust,-

for this was why he came:

He chose to enter in

to Sin,

utterly

for this…

Palm Sunday: ‘Christ is Our Passover’ – ‘What is the Meaning of these Holy Days?’

What is the meaning

of these Holy Days,

this Festival which now

we enter on?

What ‘Passing Over’ are we witness to,

that once took place

and here is present, now?

We are the people walking through

the sea of…

Who is this Flesh?

WHO IS THIS FLESH

upon a

cross,

spattered and injected,

scourged now with promises of

ecstasy

that follow through with

maddenings of the

heart ?

 

Whose is this sacred flesh,

guttered?

This is the chosen one,

perfumed with favour,…

Exchange – Swap Shirts?

Wednesday March 28th:  ’Exchange’

He swapped my shirt of sin                                       

for his

of grace,

of holiness.

My…

‘Come to Me’

COME TO ME.”

 

Three words he said and by them

he invites:

Just ‘Come to me’-

-

all else will follow

surely

if I come, and stay

and more…

‘The Cross was not some Hiccup’ – or ‘ We would like to see Jesus.’

THE CROSS WAS NOT SOME HICCUP:

His passion and his dying

were not some hiccup

on the way to glory:

His hour of

Glory

is

upon the Cross.

One wheat-grain dies…

This Man is Wild

THIS MAN IS WILD,-

This man turned

more than tables on his

enemies,

Turned the world

on its head, others on their heel.

The Lost -  are not !

The Last -  are not !

The Least he could do…

The Sacredness of Secularity! (wow!)

THE SACREDNESS OF SECULARITY

 (“The whole earth is full of His Glory”-  Isaiah 6)

I cannot go to the Creator,

-mine-

unless I steep my body

in Creation.

Come…

Outrageous Grace

‘Outrageous Grace’

What Crazy God would do

such crazy thing

as, knowing what would come, still

sent a Son

to those who in their time

and times

would cast him out,…

A Never-ending Ocean, bottomless and shoreless

“A never-ending ocean, bottomless and shoreless”,-

his passion and his dying,

instead of us,

for us.

‘Ours…he was bearing.’ (‘bearting‘)*

                           …

Uninvited Grace

UNINVITED GRACE 

The call to open up

some depth of heart

to so-long uninvited

Grace

let in at last-

the holiness of God

unuttered

calls to see

my bin…

Our Player-Manager?

Our Player-Manager’?

‘Lord’

is the word we use,-

‘Our Lord’-

have used this long time past:

‘Lord’ has these other words

that speak to us today;-

our

Coach

our…

Jockeys

JOCKEYS:

We all are ‘jockeys’

in our ways

of seeking to be loved

and honoured:

we jockey with each other

to be First in some acceptance

that has its own importance for…

‘My God and my (Most) !’

“My God and my (Most) !”

‘God’  and  ‘All’,

two so-close words

yet still so far apart-

a tension there,

unsure

un-given All

to Him

who asks for All.

 

What if I give

this bit

and that,-

the most…

‘Abba, Father!’

ABBA  now,

at last,-

Abba always in my past

but now allowed

within:

I let my Self be loved

of you.

Opening this shuttered heart

just one small bit

that…

‘Trust him absolutely’

 

TRUST HIM ABSOLUTELY

this Jesus,

Lord

and Son of Light,

of Holiness.

He is alive,

He is great beyond my

spirit’s grasping.

He, this Man, is the…

Three Times

Three Times….

Can you hear the ‘Holy……’?

Three times Holy

to a depth

beyond…

Three times the deeper

listening

by a habit entered on:

be still and

ponder-weigh

the…

Niagara

NIAGARA

of joy

awaits our opening up

to God who floods

the thirsting hearts

with love.

 To thirst, to seek, to bring

the emptied vessel of the emptied heart

to One…

Niagara of Joy

NIAGARA

of joy

awaits our opening up

to God who floods

the thirsting hearts

with love.

To thirst, to seek, to bring

the emptied vessel of the emptied…

Tattered / ‘Giobalach’

                                                TATTERED -   (‘GIOBALACH’*)                        

God-less?

GOD- LESS ?

The God-  less

are  not.

They would be

if they were not

so loved,

so died-for,

before all,

after all.

 

Ignoring Love does not

diminish Love,

-in us perhaps, it might,

but never does in

God.…

Fr. Sean Lawlor, C.Ss.R., R.I.P


Fr. Sean Lawlor, Redemptorist, died (suddenly) in Limerick, on Feb. 7th, 2012.The following was written by Fr. Dermie O’Connor, who lived and worked with Fr. Sean in Esker for several years, as well

The Throwaways

THE THROWAWAYS
we are,
by some
but not
by Him.
Labelled as ‘Not Wanted Here’
we ‘Castaways’
are not!
Some throw their pearls to the swine,
Not Him.

Emptiful

To have the hungering
ear
expectant
of the Word that
certainly will come,-
For why?- Why not?-
For Abba is my Father,
I his child
being trained and
disciplined/

Ash Wednesday… the start of our journey

(The image of Jesus Christ as Clown is very ancient, and is found in art, eg. by George Rouault, a French artist of the 1930’s. Jesus is ridiculed, but remains silent, is laughed at but remains serene. And still is.)…

Lent, a Stirring Time?

THE WRESTLER

Soul, Body,
Mind and Heart,
wrestling with the mist
of questions
that surround the
holy all of us.-
Bewildered, helpless, poor of answer
yet living out the…

2012 Programme for Retreat House

Download 2012 Programme

Course Title General Information

January

8 – 13 Redemptorists on Retreat Facilitator: Mr. Derek Poole.
13-15 MAGIS Ireland Retreat
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