11 Jun 2016

12th June 2016 - Exploring the Cistercian Life: Interview with Br Malachy Thompson OCSO

This weeks programme on SS102fm is a rather busy one. Initially John has a short interview with Fr Seamus Enright from Mount St Alphonsus on the upcoming novena. And then John and Shane are joined in studio by Br Malachy Thompson from Mt St Joseph Abbey in Roscrea who shares with us about the Cistercian life.

We have our regular review of the weekly celestial guides as well as some notices and other bits and pieces.

You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.

Annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Like the arrival of the swallows, the erection of the roadside signs reminding Limerick that the annual novena is coming is a sure sign of the summer. On this weeks programme Fr Seamus Enright has a chat with John about the up coming novena - in this special 150th anniversary year - and extends an invitation to all to come and participate in one of the daily sessions between 17th and 25th June.

There will be 10 celebrations each day – the first at 7am, the final one at 10.30pm. The blessing of babies and young children will take place on Sunday, June 19th at 4.30pm. Mass will not be celebrated at this session.

The interview with Fr Seamus Enright about this years solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is excerpted from the main programme and can be listened to HERE.

You can find out about the novena and the times and themes of the sessions on the website HERE.

Exploring the Monastic Life - Mt St Joseph Abbey Roscrea

We are joined in studio this week by Br Malachy Thompson OCSO who is a member of the Cistercian community of Mount St Joseph's Abbey at Roscrea in Co Tipperary.

He joins us this week to tell us about the monastic life and in particular how that is lived as a Cistercian monk as well as sharing his own journey to the monastic life.

Br Malachy also extends an invitation to young men to attend a weekend 1st - 3rd July 2016 to take time aside and make space to discern where their life journey is taking them and to explore and share the rhythm of monastic daily prayer life.

The interview with Br Malachy Thompson about Cistercian life and the upcoming discernment weekend is excerpted from the main programme and can be listened to HERE.

You can find out more about Mount St Joseph Abbey and the Cistercian way of life by checking out their website HERE.


Gospel - Luke 7:36 - 8:3


A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
"If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner."
Jesus said to him in reply,
"Simon, I have something to say to you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.
"Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?"
Simon said in reply,
"The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven."
He said to him, "You have judged rightly."

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
"Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven
because she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."
He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
The others at table said to themselves,
"Who is this who even forgives sins?"
But he said to the woman,
"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others who provided for them
out of their resources.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 3; 11th week in Ordinary time

Saints of the Week

June 13th - St Anthony of Padua
June 14th - St Davnet
June 15th - Bl Helen of Poland
June 16th - St Colman McRhoi
June 17th - St. Albert Chmielowski
June 18th - Saint Colman mac Mici

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