Synodal Pathway Update – Ireland
Dear Friends, With today’s email, I invite you to get a comfy chair and make yourselves a nice cup of tea or coffee, as I have a number of resources…
Rite and Reason: Catholic church struggling to have a conversation with itself
Irish Catholics want equality for women and inclusion for the LGBTQI+ community, but minority voices are clinging to traditional ways By Gerry O’Hanlon Mon Jun 13 2022 – 05:00 Irish Times…
National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2022
National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2022 The National Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration takes place in Dublin every year on the Sunday nearest to the 27 of January, in the Mansion…
Death of Msgr Tom Stack, Dublin
The Irish Times reports: The death has taken place of Msgr Tom Stack, former parish priest at Milltown in Dublin, regular contributor to The Irish Times and frequent guest on radio…
ACP members invited to comment on Leadership Draft Submission on the Synodal Pathway
Dear ACP Member The Irish Bishops are inviting submissions on methods/models to be adopted before the Synodal Pathway consultation gets underway. They are seeking submissions of no more than…
Séamus Ahearne: Birds and Bs!
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning (Meister Eckhart) The Pelican, Kingfisher and Heron: The Pelican took off for the River Avoca. It needed a change from Fota….
I stood before plastic faces painted cream
With a touch of red and each head bowed to a dry straw floor
And each face frozen in time. I see wise kings,
Benevolent to children , safe men in bright plastic
Positioned before a child wrapped in straw ,
Tiny arms forever reaching out to whoever calls.
There is a Shepard standing with sheep frozen in time.
They followed from the hills safe in his care
And know nothing of the unfolding story.
It is winter aroud the wooden stable
And silent as the empty cardboard box
Which held the crib, cold as the attic from which it came ;
The dry straw , still yellow in old age is strewn
On the stable floor with stray strands sticking to a tufted carpet.
There is a cow and a donkey whose body heat
And warm breath are reported to bring comfort to the newborn child.
I see now those sleeping in city doorways :
lonely doorways where kings never tread,
where few touch their outstretched hands
and bitter winds wrap broken bodies.
I look again at a plastic child with arms outstretched.
Mary Christmas to all !
Greetings and Blessings from Bavaria, south Germany.
Fr. M. S.
Have a Christ-Filled Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year
Pray for us – we are now public in support of the global lawsuit ‘youth v. gov’ in a region heavily reliant on the fossil fuel industry so this is heavily political subject matter.
Merry Christmas! In 2019, let’s rise to new levels in this elaborate dream.