Sunday 4th October – Retreat Sunday and Day for Life

It seems that moral decline is continuing at pace in the Republic of Ireland. Having dismissed the dignity of the unborn child in the womb and equated same sex relationships with marriage it should not take us by surprise that elected representatives now have their sights set on legislation which would…

Mark 6:53-56 – They Recognised Him

The extraordinary events which have taken place on the water and the disciples incredulity is immediately left behind when the little boat reaches the far side, at Gennesaret, and ties up. These few verses, while in themselves providing just a simple narrative conclusion to the larger section and a link to the next section, still invite us with a serious question…

Sexual Me

One of the most challenging aspects of religious vocation today in the Church is to view the area around sexuality as it is expressed in virginity, celibacy, continence and chastity as a positive choice in life and for life. Very few external supports exist in our societies today which help…

Mark 6:30-46 – The Kingdom Feast (Part 2)

There are few passages in the Gospels which have so forcefully inserted themselves into the popular mind like the miracle which we now pray with, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, or the feeding of the multitude. As stories go it is a gripping one: huge crowds swarming about the place; in their midst, a charismatic young preacher, whom they have been following around and who has been exciting them and engaging them with his teaching and deeds…

So, Who’s In Charge Here? – Benedict’s Idea of the Servant-Leader

The figure of the abbot or superior in St Benedict’s Rule is one which has its foundations in that other rule which we have mentioned – the Rule of the Master – but it is, at the same time, a radically different figure. There is no hint of the tyrant in Benedict’s leader…