As I was walking
Seamus Ahearne is thinking about what is to come. “Vocation is a big word. It isn’t limited to the wonderland of priesthood. Parenting. Frontline folk. This is ministry. Any return from exile, needs an expansive exploration of Church, Sacrament, Priesthood, Ministry. We cannot come back to celebrate what was. We come from the desert and the wilderness.”
Brendan Hoban: Gratuitous violence is at the heart of the ‘Banshees’
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Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse
Pádraig McCarthy reminds us of, and comments on, the 2020 Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse.
The children of this age are more shrewd …
Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People weekly column suggests that church authorities need to re-evaulate how they sometimes dispose of church assets and resources to civic authorities.
” I get the feeling that sometimes civic authorities are laughing behind their hands at the gullibility and innocence of church authorities, especially when there is so little credit given for the donation of sites that run into millions of euros. “
Jacinta’s Smile: Awareness of Sibling Bereavement
In a country that seems to focus on negative news it is good to come across the story of three young sisters who despite huge personal tragedy and challenge are acting positively to help others.
The Jesus Child
Chris McDonnell writing in the Catholic Times tells how each year in his parish “we have included a Proclamation of the feast of Nativity, read by candlelight in a darkened church…….. So each year when the Nativity feast is marked, we do so in the context of what once happened and what happens now in our own days. We should realise the crucial role that each of us, however insignificant we might be, has to play; all of us are pilgrims on a journey.”
Wish I were in your midst to attend such a lovely function but an agent from the OECD just listened to a podcast I was featured on with an up-and-coming political hopeful in my local region on Cape Breton Island.
It would appear that an economic blueprint that both sequesters carbon and replaces the poisonous plastics would be beneficial at a time like this; plastics we’ve allowed to enter our livelihoods and lives. An initiative like this one would perhaps need a public funding piece to help it along in stages on a local level but that was crafted at the request of Sean O’Conaill in 2015. The congregant funding piece for “Parish Solar” still exists and it appears as though my local bishop might see it beneficial to attempt a “test location”. I was thinking “test location” too – Ireland to be exact.
Alas, placing urgency on a transition is perhaps outside of this generations’ “to do” lists. I can’t make any further requests from the people of Ireland. I’m sure if there are those out there listening, you must admit, pretty much every urgent request I’ve made of the Church has resulted in a change since 2012. This next request I’ll make of my own people, where I’m an environmental activist…hopefully this goes well.