Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

The other night I watched the film, “In order of disappearance”, shown on the BBC. It’s about a father who, once he realises his son’s apparent suicide was anything but, takes revenge on a drug cartel for having murdered his son. The film shows the impact of the son’s death...

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First Sunday Lent, Year B

Jesus is about thirty years old in the Gospel scene of today’s Mass. He’s just come from what we traditionally call his hidden life, the thirty years spent at Nazareth, growing up subject to Mary and Joseph, growing in wisdom and understanding before God and man. We know that already...

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Sunday 5, Year B

There are three main characters in today’s readings. Taking them in chronological order, they are Job, Jesus and Paul. The book of Job, remember, is a parable about innocent suffering. Its point is to show that trust in God in the midst of suffering will eventually perfect the one suffering...

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Christmas Day

“When Irish eyes are smiling, sure the whole world smiles with you.” I once remember a cousin of mine bringing her new born to see my mum. My mum’s face lit up as she took the child in her arms. Her Irish eyes seemed to get bigger and her voice...

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

The Catholic Church throughout the world has many things: buildings of great value and of little; universities and hospitals; money and objects of art. She is the envy of many governments and countries when it comes to her organization, discipline and diplomacy. Despite a justifiably damaged reputation in some matters,...

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