16 Oct 2018

WoF - Synod of Bishops - Youth Interviews

The Word on Fire team are in Rome with Bishop Robert Barron during the Synod of Bishops in Rome. They asked young people to identify the best and worst things ever done by the church. It's sobering watching and like many online commentators let's really hope the church leadership see and hear this.

It echos some of the points which Bishop Barron made in his Synod intervention: 

15 Oct 2018

Saint Oscar Romero- Love must win out!

Cross post from Pilgrims Progress - Sr Louise O'Rourke:

Photo credit:Vatican website

I have to confess that I was like a little child waiting for Christmas this morning as I waited for the Mass of Canonisation on Vatican Television. A series of circumstances meant that last night we still  had no EWTN or other holy channels and no Internet (thanks to a national outage with EIR!) and it seemed that we wouldn’t be able to follow the great event either on TV or Internet. Lo and behold the Internet returned and we were able to watch the Mass live from Vatican City presided over by Pope Francis.

Today our Pope declared as saints in the Church six new models for us to follow. All very diverse, young and old, men and women, priests, religious, laity- each one of them followed Jesus totally. They are: Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero, Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Catherine Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and Nuncio Sulprizio.

For nearly 20 years one of them in particular has been a strong presence in my life- Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Saint Oscar, as of today. I know I have blogged about this before so apologies if some of this is repetition. I also had the opportunity to do an interview with Sacred Space 102 FM in Limerick in occasion of the canonisation of Oscar Romero....thanks guys for the invite! It was a privilege! If you’re interested you can find the link here.

Fr. Romero was assassinated on the 24th of March 1980 and I claim this date as being special to my life story because it was the month and the year that I was to grace the world. However God had another plan and myself being a little precocious, I arrived a little earlier on January 24th. However that little connection was a discovery I made only a few years ago!

My personal admiration for Romero goes back to a discernment weekend which was held in our community in Dublin back in 1997. I remember it vividly because that weekend we watched the movie ‘Romero’. The story of this heroic pastor was life changing for me. At a certain point of his journey, Romero is shown literally at a crossroads. We see him fall to his knees and he utters a simple prayer: “I can’t, You must, I’m Yours, lead me!” It was the prayer from a heart that didn’t know what to do in the face of such injustice, death and despair. He was the pastor and the sheep continued to be slaughtered and torn from his grasp. I found myself in tears because I realised that that simple prayer echoed the sentiments of my own heart. I had been rebelling against the Lord for such a long time in responding to the call to religious life and I was tired. Romero’s prayer had become my prayer. If I was to embark upon the journey of trying consecrated life, it had to be upon fully surrendering to the guidance of the Shepherd. This simple prayer has been my lifeline on many occasions, a call back to reality and to see that I need to be guided and that I can’t do this on my own. It is a prayer which I whisper often each day when words fail me in prayer or don’t seem to carry me as they usually do. There is a short song: “Trust, surrender, believe, receive”  that in the same way says those precious words which came from the lips of Archbishop Romero.

However to follow Jesus is not easy. Let's not fool ourselves. The Pope reminded us today of this in the homily
"Jesus is radical. He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart. Even today he gives himself to us as the living bread; can we give him crumbs in exchange? We cannot respond to him, who made himself our servant even going to the cross for us, only by observing some of the commandments. We cannot give him, who offers us eternal life, some odd moment of time. Jesus is not content with a “percentage of love”: we cannot love him twenty or fifty or sixty percent. It is either all or nothing."

Indeed for Romero it was 'all or nothing'!  On the 24th of March 1980, evil men in El Salvador tried to silence the voice of a prophet. Archbishop Romero gave his life, in the words of Pope John Paul II, “for the church and the people of his beloved country” of El Salvador. His death from an assassin’s bullet crowned a life of service as priest and bishop.  His great motto was ‘Love must win out’. Today, by canonising him, the Church once more declares that witness for Christ cannot be silenced by evil. During his three years as Archbishop of San Salvador, he became known across the world as a fearless defender of the poor and suffering. Oscar Romero’s humility is the fruitful ground of his confidence. He was a man with trust, an unlimited trust in Jesus Christ. We see in him a man who had fixed his eyes on Jesus and thus can walk safely amidst the pain and suffering of his people. This was the life of Oscar Romero. Throughout history, the voice of the prophet is one of the vehicles through which God speaks to the community and to the world and the Lord spoke powerfully through Romero, too powerfully for the government and the military who didn't like the message he was preaching to stop the oppression of the poor, the country people, the marginalized. And for this Romero paid with his life.

In the Mass today, Pope Francis used the chalice of Pope Paul VI as well as his crozier, symbol of him being a Shepherd. The Pope also carried out a very poignant gesture by wearing the bloodstained cincture of Archbishop Romero around his waist, the one he was wearing when he was shot while celebrating Mass on the 24th of March 1980. II can only imagine how the Pope felt thinking that his brother priest, a fellow Latin American had paid the ultimate price, love to the end. The Church and our society live in challenging times where every value we stand for is undermined. We may not be called to martyrdom like Romero was, but there is a witness to which we are called every single day, as Christians, as Catholics, as committed priests, religious and laity. As Pope Paul VI who was canonised today said: “Holiness is within everyone’s reach”. We can take heart from this quote from Romero:

 “A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone's skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?”

 And another:
 “Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be. ”
And lastly…“Let us not forget: we are a pilgrim church, subject to misunderstanding, to persecution, but a church that walks serene, because it bears the force of love.” 

May we too 'bear the force of love' and walk serenely, wherever the Lord calls us to walk!

And now I'm off to watch the movie 'Romero' again...for the 18th time (I think!).

New icon of Bl Columba Marmion

On Sunday 30th September Holy Cross Church, Dundrum opened its doors to a large gathering celebrating the Blessing of Mihai Cucu’s Icon of Blessed Columba Marmion by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Archbishop Martin was joined by Vice Postulator of the cause of Blessed Dom Marmion, Dom Columba McCann OSB Glenstal Abbey, who outlined Dom Marmion’s life and offered an interpretation of the Icon.

Fr. Joseph Marmion served as curate in Holy Cross in 1881 for a year and was then a Professor of Philosophy in Clonliffe College before joining the Benedictine Order in Belgium in 1886, and in accordance with the practice of that order, he adopted the name Columba after Columba of Iona.

Homily on Blessed Columba Marmion
in Holy Cross Church, Dundrum
by Dom Columba McCann    – 30th September 2018

Your Grace, dear brothers and sisters.  Everything I was hoping to say this evening about Blessed Columba Marmion, is already shown beautifully in the icon here.

If you look at the bottom of the picture you see words from Saint Paul:  for me, to live is Christ. Blessed Columba would have found a similar message in the Rule of Saint Benedict which he lived as a monk: prefer nothing whatsoever to Christ.  St Benedict wanted his monks to find Christ everywhere:  in prayer, in celebrating the liturgy together, in the Abbot, in meditation on scripture, in the guests who come looking for a place to stay, and especially in those who are sick or poor.  Putting Christ before all else.

You’ll see in the middle of the left hand side of the icon a picture of the Abbey of Maredsous, where Blessed Columba was abbot in first decades of the twentieth century. Talks he gave were put together into books by his listeners.  The titles of these books tells you everything:  Christ the Life of the Soul, Christ the Ideal of the Priest, Christ the Ideal of the Monk, Christ in His Mysteries.  For me to live is Christ.  Prefer nothing whatsoever to Christ.

You might be tempted to think that such a demanding idea as ‘prefer nothing whatsoever to Christ’ is fine for monks but not for everybody else.   The problem is that St Benedict was quoting a bishop, who was speaking to everyone.  St Cyprian, an early bishop of North Africa was the one who said we must prefer nothing whatsoever to Christ, and he also gave the reason why:  because Christ has preferred nothing whatsoever to us.  That’s where the church on the bottom right hand side of the icon comes in:  Holy Cross, Dundrum.  Christ gave everything for us on the cross, and asks that all of us, in every parish, prefer nothing to him.

I’m no expert in the world of business, but I can imagine that whenever a merger between two companies is being proposed, people have a long hard look at what they are taking on.  If my truck rental company is going to merge with your van rental company then I will look very closely at what your company has to offer:  what strengths, assets and opportunities will it bring, because they could be mine; also, what are it’s weaknesses, liabilities and risks because they will be mine too.  If you look at the church further up on the right hand side, you will see a place where a kind of merger took place:  St Paul’s Arran Quay, where Joseph Marmion was baptised.  In your own mind you could add in a picture of the church where you were baptised.

In our baptism a merger took place between each of us and Jesus Christ.  And we got a great bargain!  All his assets are now ours:  each of us is Son or Daughter of God in the same way that he is Son of God.  That’s his gift to us.  What about the weaknesses and liabilities?  All our weaknesses, difficulties, failures and mistakes are his, and share in the redeeming power of his total weakness on the cross.  We have merged with him.  All that is his has become ours, and all that is ours has become his.   This is the heart of the spiritual teaching of Blessed Columba, it comes straight from the Bible, and has a depth so great that it is hard to fathom. The magnificent baptismal font here in Holy Cross Church, Dundrum, speaks volumes about all of this.  Every time you enter the church you can dip your hand back into the wonderful moment when you were made one with Christ.

Up on the top of the right-hand corner you see three angels, a traditional way to represent the Holy Trinity gathered, as it were, around a table.  Because of the merger that has taken place, we have a place there, at the table of the Holy Trinity, so to speak.  Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury once said that when we pray we take the place of Christ.  We stand in his shoes.  Our life is through him, with him, in him.  All that is his is ours, and all that is ours is his.

There may be times when our own lives seem on the verge of collapse, or we may be fooled into thinking our Church is about to collapse.  That’s when Blessed Columba would have us look at the bigger picture:  we have merged with Christ, with his death and resurrection.  We are given his strength and he carries our weaknesses.

Blessed Columba used to receive dozens of letters asking for spiritual advice.  Again and again he used to tell people to lean on Christ.  He was very fond of those words of Jesus, ‘I am the vine and you are the branches… apart from me you can do nothing.’  He used to stress those words, pointing out that Jesus didn’t say, ‘apart from me you won’t achieve much’.  He said, ‘apart from me you can do nothing’.  So Blessed Columba would have us lean on Christ.

How did Blessed Columba lean on Christ?   It is clear from his writings and from his diaries, that much of his personal inspiration came from daily meditation on the readings and prayers of the liturgy.   There he found a deep and refreshing source of encouragement and life that he passed on to others.  He knew the letters of St Paul off by heart!

He prayed the rosary daily.  He said that if we really want to be formed in the identity of Christ then we must live in the same way:  with God as our Father and Mary as our Mother.  He also did the stations of the Cross every day.  He found that meditating on the sufferings of Jesus gave him great inner strength in his own difficulties.

But he never imposed strict formulas or rules as to how each person was to arrange their spiritual practices from day to day.  He wanted people to see the big picture:  we have been grafted into Christ, we are part of him, we are merged with him, we are in the life of the Trinity in the same way that a child is adopted into a family.

For me to live is Christ.  Prefer nothing whatsoever to him.  Lean on him.  Turn to God as your Father and to Mary as your Mother.  Nourish your mind, heart and spirit on the scriptures and discover there and in the prayers of the liturgy a source of life and strength that goes far beyond the ups and downs of our daily struggle.  Keep your eye on the big picture, and you yourself will become an icon of Christ.

Popes Prayer Intentions - October 2018

14 Oct 2018

14th October 2018 - Canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero

On this weeks programme we are joined by Sr Louise O'Rourke to discuss the life and times of one of the newest saints on the block - Archbishop Oscar Romero. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel, a quick run through the saints of the week and other odds and ends. 

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

St Oscar Romero

SS102fm is delighted to have Sr Louise O'Rourke back with us on this weeks programme as she shares with us the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was one of the six newest saints canonised by Pope Francis this weekend in Rome including Pope Paul VI. 

You can listen to the interview with Sr Louise excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

7 Saints Pope Francis Will Canonize on Sunday & the Amazing Miracles Attributed to Their Intercession
Pope’s canonization of Paul VI, Romero personal, political
Pope hails Romero, Paul VI as icons of ‘outward-looking’ Church
The greatness of Oscar Romero
Oscar Romero: ‘Starting from the world of the poor’

Oscar Romero: the people’s saint
The Continuing Presence of Archbishop Romero
Telling Romero’s story
Romero: ‘the voice of those who had no voice’
This is the homily Óscar Romero was delivering when he was killed.

New Saints, Old Gospels
No, Oscar Romero didn’t write the ‘Oscar Romero Prayer
Three Common Myths about Archbishop Oscar Romero
New documentary reveals rare interview of Blessed Oscar Romero
Oscar Romero confidante: ‘He never had a Marxist thought or Marxist ideology in his mind’
On Romero and Paul VI, and their surprising affinity for Opus Dei

Gospel - Mark 10:17-30

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

Reflections on this weeks Sunday gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4

Saints of the Week

October 15th - St Teresa of Avila
October 16th - St Gall 
October 17th - St Ignatius of Antioch
October 18th - St Luke the Evangelist
October 19th - St John de Brebeuf and Companions
October 20th - St Aidan of Mayo

Pope: ‘Saints risk everything to put the Gospel into practice’

Pope Francis on Sunday declared Pope Paul VI and murdered Salvadoran bishop Oscar Romero Saints. The canonization Mass, during which five other lesser-known blessed were also elevated to sainthood, took place in St. Peter’s Square.

In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people, Pope Francis canonized Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Caterina Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and Nunzio Sulprizio.

“All these saints, he said, in different contexts, put today’s word into practice in their lives, without lukewarmness, without calculation, with the passion to risk everything and to leave it all behind.  May the Lord help us to imitate their example".  

This is the full text of his homily:

         The second reading tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12).  It really is: God’s word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no – it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives.  There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts.
         The Gospel, in particular, invites us to an encounter with the Lord, after the example of the “man” who “ran up to him” (cf. Mk 10:17).  We can recognize ourselves in that man, whose name the text does not give, as if to suggest that he could represent each one of us.  He asks Jesus how “to inherit eternal life” (v. 17).  He is seeking life without end, life in its fullness: who of us would not want this?  Yet we notice that he asks for it as an inheritance, as a good to be obtained, to be won by his own efforts.  In fact, in order to possess this good, he has observed the commandments from his youth and to achieve this he is prepared to follow others; and so he asks: “What must I do to have eternal life?”  

         Jesus’s answer catches him off guard.  The Lord looks upon him and loves him (cf. v. 21).  Jesus changes the perspective: from commandments observed in order to obtain a reward, to a free and total love.  That man was speaking in terms of supply and demand, Jesus proposes to him a story of love.  He asks him to pass from the observance of laws to the gift of self, from doing for oneself to being with God.  And the Lord suggests to the man a life that cuts to the quick: “Sell what you have and give to the poor…and come, follow me” (v. 21).  To you, too, Jesus says: “Come, follow me!”  Come: do not stand still, because it is not enough not to do evil in order to be with Jesus.  Follow me: do not walk behind Jesus only when you want to, but seek him out every day; do not be content to keep the commandments, to give a little alms and say a few prayers: find in Him the God who always loves you; seek in Jesus the God who is the meaning of your life, the God who gives you the strength to give of yourself.

         Again Jesus says: “Sell what you have and give to the poor.”  The Lord does not discuss theories of poverty and wealth, but goes directly to life.  He asks you to leave behind what weighs down your heart, to empty yourself of goods in order to make room for him, the only good.  We cannot truly follow Jesus when we are laden down with things.  Because if our hearts are crowded with goods, there will not be room for the Lord, who will become just one thing among the others.  For this reason, wealth is dangerous and – says Jesus – even makes one’s salvation difficult.  Not because God is stern, no!  The problem is on our part: our having too much, our wanting too much suffocates our hearts and makes us incapable of loving.  Therefore, Saint Paul writes that “the love of money is the root of all evils” (1 Tim 6:10).  We see this where money is at the centre, there is no room for God nor for man.

         Jesus is radical.  He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart.  Even today he gives himself to us as the living bread; can we give him crumbs in exchange?  We cannot respond to him, who made himself our servant even going to the cross for us, only by observing some of the commandments.  We cannot give him, who offers us eternal life, some odd moment of time.  Jesus is not content with a “percentage of love”: we cannot love him twenty or fifty or sixty percent.  It is either all or nothing. 

         Dear brothers and sisters, our heart is like a magnet: it lets itself be attracted by love, but it can cling to one master only and it must choose: either it will love God or it will love the world’s treasure (cf. Mt 6:24); either it will live for love or it will live for itself (cf. Mk 8:35).  Let us ask ourselves where we are in our story of love with God.  Do we content ourselves with a few commandments or do we follow Jesus as lovers, really prepared to leave behind something for him?  Jesus asks each of us and all of us as the Church journeying forward: are we a Church that only preaches good commandments or a Church that is a spouse, that launches herself forward in love for her Lord?  Do we truly follow him or do we revert to the ways of the world, like that man in the Gospel?  In a word, is Jesus enough for us or do we look for many worldly securities?  Let us ask for the grace always to leave things behind for love of the Lord: to leave behind wealth, the yearning for status and power, structures that are no longer adequate for proclaiming the Gospel, those weights that slow down our mission, the strings that tie us to the world.  Without a leap forward in love, our life and our Church become sick from “complacency and self-indulgence” (Evangelii Gaudium, 95): we find joy in some fleeting pleasure, we close ourselves off in useless gossip, we settle into the monotony of a Christian life without momentum, where a little narcissism covers over the sadness of remaining unfulfilled.

         This is how it was for the man, who – the Gospel tells us – “went away sorrowful” (v. 22).  He was tied down to regulations of the law and to his many possessions; he had not given over his heart. Even though he had encountered Jesus and received his loving gaze, the man went away sad.  Sadness is the proof of unfulfilled love, the sign of a lukewarm heart.  On the other hand, a heart unburdened by possessions, that freely loves the Lord, always spreads joy, that joy for which there is so much need today.  Pope Saint Paul VI wrote: “It is indeed in the midst of their distress that our fellow men need to know joy, to hear its song” (Gaudete in Domino, I).  Today Jesus invites us to return to the source of joy, which is the encounter with him, the courageous choice to risk everything to follow him, the satisfaction of leaving something behind in order to embrace his way.  The saints have travelled this path.

Internet Issues

Morning folks

Apologies to our readers and listeners with the delay in posting this weeks programme online. Unfortunately in Ireland we had a major outage of the one of the main telecom company network which resulted in a lot of the country being offline so your blog editor wasn't in a position to do much about it. 

We will try and catch up in the next while! Thanks for your patience. 

SS102fm Team

Service restored to Eir customers hit by broadband outage

6 Oct 2018

7th October 2018 - "Catching the right bus"

Well, after a short break (some of it planned and some unplanned for members of the team) normal service resumes this week on SS102fm. Your blog editor takes back the wheel of the rather unwieldy ship which is the blog which was under the excellent care of our Lorraine for the month of September. Much obliged to her for keeping it afloat! 

In addition the team is back on air this weekend as we catch up with a few bits and pieces. Bear with us as we have to re-jig the programme planner for the next few weeks and we know we have some serious catch up to do in terms of ecclesial news from around the world and especially from HQ in Rome and the travails of Papa Frankie over the last few weeks. In addition we will be looking at the up coming seismic changes in the governance and administrative structure of the diocese of Limerick over the next few months and hoping to bring you an explainer on that as well as the pilgrims experience of WMoF2018, a report on the canonisations of Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI among other things. 

So on this weeks programme we draw our initial review of the WMoF2018 discussions to a close with a third short reflection on the dignity and beauty of sexual love with a reflection by Bosco and Lynett McShane. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as a quick run through the saints of the week and other notices.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE

WMoF2018 - Catching the Right Bus 
Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: finding new language for ancient truths

At WMoF2018, Bosco and Dr Lynette McShane were panelists at the discussion on the Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths.  On this weeks programme we have their rather catchy presentation called "Catching the right bus".

They are retreat co-ordinators and founders of the Siolta Catholic retreat team. They have 6 young children. Over the past 15 years, they have delivered Catholic retreat programmes in schools and parishes with the aim of leading young people to God through the Sacraments. Bosco and Lynette met through missionary work in Calcutta, founding the charity “Another Pair of Hands”. Following the completion of her PhD in Philosophy, Lynette held the post of Senior Research Officer and then Head of Research at the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health for 6 years, researching suicide in N.I and reviewing the needs of those in services.  A former ladies Gaelic football All-Star for Tyrone, Lynette continues to write in the field of sport and mental health, delivering lectures and workshops across Universities, schools and clubs. Bosco also works professionally as a DJ.

You can listen to the WMoF2018 section of the programme excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

Gospel - Mark 10:2-16

Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3

Saints of the Week

October 8th - St Nestor of Thessalonica

October 9th - Bl John Henry Newman
October 10th - St Daniel Comboni
October 11th - Pope St John XXIII
October 12th - St Edwin of Northumbria
October 13th - Our Lady of Fatima

30 Sep 2018

30th September 2018 - WMOF2018 - Dr. Mary Aiken - Turning Technology to the Greater Good: Faith, Family & Technology

This week as the SS102fm team are in various parts of the world, we've decided to share with you another of the talks given at the World Meeting of Families held in Ireland this year. Dr. Mary Aiken gave a very powerful insight into how technology can be used for the greater good, an important message given our increasing reliance on all things technological.

WMOF2018 - Dr. Mary Aiken - Turning Technology to the Greater Good: Faith, Family & Technology

On Thursday, August 23rd, the third day of the Pastoral Congress for the WMOF, Dr Mary Aiken, Adjunct Associate Professor Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD and Academic Advisor for Europol European Cybercrime Centre, Ireland, gave an interactive presentation on turning technology to the good in our world and in our homes. A common challenge for families today is how to integrate technology positively as a growing reality in our daily lives, as well as remain alert to some of the dangers. 

Dr. Aiken speaks about the impact of technology on humankind, and how we can turn technology to the greater good. Dr. Aiken offers a very balanced presentation addressing when human behaviour changes online, the impact of technology on the developing child, which in the context of the WMOF is very important, the problems young people and families encounter and solutions and moving towards the greater good. 

You can listen to the full programme podcast HERE.

You can listen to Dr. Aiken's talk excerpted from the programme HERE

Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections 
English Dominicans

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 2

Saints of the week
1st October - St. Therese of Lisieux
2nd October - The Guardian Angels
3rd October - Blessed Columba Marmion
4th October - St. Francis of Assisi
5th October - Blessed Raymund of Capua
6th October - The Martyrs of Kyoto

23 Sep 2018

23rd September 2018 - WMOF2018 - Cardinal Tagle - Choose Life: Pope Francis on the ‘Throw-Away’ Culture

The SS102fm team were so impressed with the input of the keynote speakers and workshops given during the Pastoral Congress of the World Meeting of Families this year. We are also conscious that many people would have been unable to attend these talks in person, so periodically over the next few months we will be sharing some of the audio with our listeners and our blog followers.

WMOF2018 - Cardinal Tagle - Choose Life: Pope Francis on the ‘Throw-Away’ Culture

On the second day of the Pastoral Congress, Wednesday, August 22nd 2018, Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, gave a workshop entitled 'Choose life: Pope Francis on the ‘throw-away’ culture.' Cardinal Tagle brings together two major writings of Pope Francis: Laudato 'Si (on the care for our common home) and Amoris Laetitia (on love in the family). He highlights that the throw-away culture which very often we have adopted with material things or things of the earth we can carry into our relationships with others and with God. It is easy to see the consequences of such thinking, but Cardinal Tagle invites us remember once more that "We are the body of Christ. We are the family of God. We are persons. We are supposed to be welcoming and caring, be attentive to them, those who feel like they are objects to be thrown away. We tell them, 'No, you are valuable. You are a person. Your life is sacred. You belong to us. We are one family.'"

You can listen to the full programme podcast HERE.

You can watch Cardinal Tagle's talk HERE

Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections 
English Dominicans
Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 1

Saints of the week

24th September - St. Gerard Sagredo
25th September - St. Finbarr
26th September - St. Cosmas and St. Damian
27th September - St. Vincent de Paul
28th September - St. Wenceslaus
29th September - St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

16 Sep 2018

16th September - Emmanuel Community - Emmanuel School of Mission

On this week's programme John is joined by members of the Emmanuel Community, Fr. Paul Glennon and Geraldine Creaton, who share their experiences of the Emmanuel School of Mission and the Emmanuel Community. We also have our regular saints of the week and Sunday gospel reflection.

Emmanuel Community - Emmanuel School of Mission

Fr Conleth Meehan (L) and Fr Paul Glennon (R) are Emmanual Community Priests for the Archdiocese of Dublin.
Back on 22nd June 2014 we had an interview with then deacon Paul Glennon, now Fr. Paul Glennon, who shared with us his on-going journey towards priesthood. Paul was then one of the 15 men ordained deacon in Maynooth on June 1st 2014 for the Archdiocese of Dublin. When Fr. Paul was ordained the Lord led him to become the chaplain to the Emmanuel School of Mission in New York. Geraldine and Fr. Paul both share their experiences of being members of the Emmanuel Community in Ireland (you can learn more about the community from our previous blog posts HERE) and their experience of Emmanuel Schools of Mission.

You can listen to the full programme podcast HERE.

You can listen to Fr. Paul and Geraldine speaking about the Emmanuel Community and Emmanuel Schools of Mission excerpted HERE

Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.
    And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’
    He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections 
English Dominicans
Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 4

Saints of the week

17th September - St. Robert Bellarmine
18th September - St. Joseph of Cupertino
19th September - St. Januarius
20th September - St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions
21st September - St. Matthew
22nd September - St. Maurice


The annual Padre Pio Triduum will take place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick on Wednesday, September 19th, Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st from 7.00pm to 9.00pm with devotions, Mass and blessing with the 1st Class Relic of St. Pio. Celebrant: Fr. John Mockler.