Homilies: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 50:5-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. “Confessing Jesus to be the Christ along with Peter is not enough. We are called to live that faith through good works, […]

The Sound of Silence

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An interesting reflection from Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street on the significance – the spiritual significance – of the preference towards silence shown by Pope Francis in the face of those who accuse him (wrongly it would appear) of wrongdoing. It is a counter-cultural response in an era where the usual practice is to be just […]

Review: Nucleus

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Nucleus by Rory Clements My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the second book in Rory Clements’ series set in the immediate lead up to the Second World War featuring Professor Tom Wilde, a Cambridge Don, and Lydia Morris, a publisher of poetry and other literature. This particular edition of the series, a series […]

Flirting With Schism

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There has been much written about the ecclesial politics at play within the Catholic Church in the United States in the fallout from the revelations of the extent of child sexual abuse perpetrated by bishops within that part of the Universal Church and the coverup and unacceptable response from other bishops within that same element […]

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Adhering to the Liturgical Reform

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A very interesting contribution on the PrayTellBlog in their series on writings by Pope Paul VI on the question of liturgical reform. We would do well in this day and age to listen to what he said below…and not just in the area of the liturgy of the Church. Paul VI on liturgical reform Part 6 […]

Homilies: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. “Holiness cannot be gained or lost by the keeping or otherwise of external actions. Holiness is a gift from […]

Why Remain Catholic?

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It can be a temptation, in the face of things that make one angry with the Church, to simply want to walk away. Whether the source of our anger is the scourge of perpetration and coverup surrounding child sexual abuse or something else more local, the more ‘Christian’ approach is to respond and to fight…as […]

Review: The Play’s the Thing

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The Play’s the Thing by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having returned from a journey to Muscovy in the last edition of the series, Dr Christoval Alvarez finds the position at the hospital that was supposed to be held until her return has been given to another. Although Kit manages to eek […]

Avoiding the Bandwagon

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For anyone who maintains an even tenuous link with the Church in midst of the ongoing criminal scandals that appear on an almost daily basis in the press or online, the salutary warning below from Dame Catherine Wybourne osb, aka DigitalNun, is both timely and necessary. Read the whole story by clicking here.

Homilies: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69. “Could the grumbling from some of the disciples be a case of misplaced expectations? Might it be that they were unable to cope […]

Review: Voyage to Muscovy

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Voyage to Muscovy by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Life was looking reasonably good for our eponymous hero, a professional position as a physician, a wide and diverse group of friends, and financial security that had previously not existed. The only thing that was missing was involvement in the intrigue that came […]

Paul VI On Liturgical Reform

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The content of the post below from the PrayTellBlog is as true today as it was when it was first spoken back in 1975, and, perhaps, in the light of social media and the internet is almost truer today. Enjoy the read. http://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2018/08/23/paul-vi-on-liturgical-reform-5/

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Liturgy, Leadership, and Governance in the Church

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…the church as sacrament is inseparable from its baptismal and Eucharistic practices, for the unity of the church is sacramentally realized in its communion with its Lord (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Therefore the principles of good worship are also the principles of life in the church more generally, since the nature of the church is manifested […]

The Nature of Church

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…the church is sacramental, mystical, Christological, and pneumatological before it is sociological or juridical. The unity of the church is not psychological, political, or a federation of the like-minded, but a sacramental and spiritual unity in Christ first established in baptism and then expressed, nourished, and brought to maturity in eucharistic communion. Susan K. Wood, […]

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