14 Jul 2019

14th July 2019 - Emmanuel School of Mission

On this week's programme we chat with Geraldine Creaton of the Emmanuel Community and Nina, Vianny and Maria who participated in the Emmanuel School of Mission. You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

Emmanuel Community
The Emmanuel Community is present in Ireland, and in fifty six countries around the world, and on every continent. The Emmanuel Community was founded in France in 1972 by the Servant of God Pierre Goursat and Martine Lafitte-Catta. The mission of the Community is to reveal to every man and woman the presence of the God of Love in our lives, Jesus Christ, who is “Emmanuel”, ”God With Us”, and wants to be close to us.



The Community consists of members with different states of life (families, singles, priests and celibate brothers and sisters) having the most different professions and trying to live a fraternal life in the world. It sees its aim as to respond to God's call to holiness addressed to each person, mainly through intense personal prayer, Eucharistic adoration, compassion for the spiritually and materially poor and evangelization. Members are helped to grow spiritually in various ways: "household meetings" (small groups of members, meeting regularly for prayer and reflection on God's action in their lives), "spiritual companionship" (personal meeting with a more experienced member), monthly meetings of all the members in a country or region.

Emmanuel School of Mission

Today John is joined by Geraldine Creaton from the Emmanuel Community as they chat with other members of the ‘Emmanuel School of Mission’ in California. The mission year is directed Fr Paul Glesson who introduces us to three participants attending the ESM this year – Nina, 26 years, from Australia, Vianny, 26 years, from France and Maria, 24 years, from Wexford. They share their faith journey with as their experience at the ESM for the last nine months. All three students bring back to their ordinary lives in main stream society the fruits and lessons they have experienced as they carry out the work of the Lord in their daily lives. Fundamental to this is prayer and a personal relationship with Jesus.

Further details regarding the Emmanuel Community and the School of Mission are available here: 
Emmanuel Ireland - http://www.emmanuelcommunity.ie/  

Emmanuel International - https://emmanuel.info/en

Emmanuel Rome (access ESM's from this site) - https://esm-rome.com/

ESM New York - https://www.esm-nyc.com/ 

ESM New York Newsletters - https://www.esm-nyc.com/news 

Gospel - Luke 10:25-37


A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal lie?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

Wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Reflections on this week's Gospel: 

Word on Fire

English Dominicans 
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections 

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 3


Saints of the Week
July 15th - St. Bonaventure
July 16th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
July 17th - Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne
July 18th - St. Frederick
July 19th - St. Arsenius the Great
July 20th - St. Margaret of Antioch

7 Jul 2019

7th July 2019 - Martina O'Sullivan - Children's Faith Camp and Children's Faith Resources

On this week's programme we chat with Martina O'Sullivan about her upcoming Faith camp in Abbeyfeale for children aged 5-12. Martina also tells us about two other resources: Camp Veritas and Children's Adoration. We also have our usual reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

Children's Faith Camps
This week Martina O'Sullivan shared with us resources available for helping to develop children's faith experience. Martina has arranged a Faith Camp for children 5-12 years from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick:

'The Faith Camps are a wonderful way to witness to the joy of the Faith that makes it seem attractive to both the children and the young leaders. All of what is undertaken, from art, sport, games, lessons to group-work, is all aimed towards a particular end: encouraging them to form a personal relationship with Jesus.'

St. Ita’s Faith Camp



St. Ita's Faith Camp will take place from Monday, July 29th to Thursday, August 1st in St. Mary's Boys School, Abbeyfeale. Activities include sport, art, drama, music, faith lessons and Mass. It takes place from 10.00am to 3.00pm each day and the cost is €40 for the first child and €25 per sibling. Advance registration is essential

For further information contact Martina at 087-2788834 or email:  abbeyfealefaithcamp@gmail.com

Martina also tells us about Camp Veritas for Children 12-18 years which was held recently in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. This was a week long 'play and pray' pilrimage and summer camp for teens attending secondary school. You can read more about it HERE and HERE.

Martina also reminded us of Children's Adoration resources which you can read more about HERE

You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - Luke 10:1-12,17-20


The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road.

‘Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.

‘Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, “We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.” I tell you, on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town.’

The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’
Reflections on this week's Gospel: 

Word on Fire

English Dominicans 
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections 

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 2


Saints of the Week
July 8th - St. Killian, Bishop and Martyr
July 9th - St. Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions, Martyrs
July 10th - Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz
July 11th - St. Benedict, Abbot and Patron of Europe
July 12th - St. John Gaulbert, Abbot 
July 13th - St. Henry

30 Jun 2019

30th June 2019 - Fr. Donal Neary S.J. - The Sacred Heart of Jesus

On this week's programme our team is joined by Fr. Donal Neary S.J., Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger, who speaks to us about the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and about The Sacred Heart MessengerWe also have our usual reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus 
Fr Donal reflects on the devotion to the Sacred Heart which goes back to the scene at Calvary when a sword pierced the Heart of Jesus. From the 17th Century the devotion to the Sacred Heart became more widespread after Sr Margaret Mary Alacoque had visions where Jesus showed her is heart that beats for everyone and loves everyone of us. The devotion to the Sacred Heart was very much part of people’s lives when they were unable to attend Mass. Fr Donal speaks of the Sacred Heart as that of a friend. Both the 1st Friday devotion & the ‘Holy Hour’ came about as a result of devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Fr Donal also spoke to us about the Sacred Heart Messenger of which he is editor. In 1858 Fr James Cullen started an ‘Apostleship of prayer’ magazine and from this beginning the Sacred Heart Messenger came about. With a monthly circulation of 45,000 copies, 80% of which sold through promoters, the magazine contains inspirational articles which support readers on their faith journey. As the cover of the magazine quotes – A modern message in a much-loved tradition. 

Copies of the Messenger are available at some shops and Church book stalls and can be sourced HERE or by writing to: 
37 Lr Leeson Street, Dublin, D02 W938, Ireland. Tel: 01 6767491. Email: sales@messenger.ie 

Icon of the Sacred Heart in Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, written by David Clayton

Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart

(This  version of the novena prayer would be one of the best known as it was used by Padre Pio and was promoted during the promotion of the cause of St Pio. It is a prayer that can be used throughout the year and not just in the lead up to the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Indeed, St. Pio prayed this prayer every day.)

I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be to the Father...
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) 

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be to the Father...
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) 

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be to the Father...
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen...
St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. 

You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - Luke 9:51-62


As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.

As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
Reflections on this week's gospel: 

Word on Fire

English Dominicans *
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections *

* In England & Wales the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul is celebrated instead of the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 1


Saints of the Week
July 1st - St. Oliver Plunkett
July 2nd - St. Bernardino Realino
July 3rd - St. Thomas, Apostle
July 4th - St. Elizabeth of Portugal
July 5th - St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
July 6th - St. Maria Goretti

28 Jun 2019

Heart speaks to Heart- Cor ad cor loquitur!

Crosspost from Pilgrims Progress:

It's fitting that on the vigil of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Consistory for the canonisation for Blessed Cardinal John Newman has been set for the 1st of July 2019.  Heart speaks to Heart- Cor ad cor loquitur! This motto of  Cardinal Newman is what comes to my mind and heart for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Usually this is followed the next day by the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary but this year the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul takes precedence. Nowadays it seems that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been archived back to the time of our grandparents or our parents. I remember in school learning to sing 'Sweet heart of Jesus' with great fervour as taught to us by the Sisters of Mercy. Even now when I hear it, I am still somewhat nostalgic. I doubt somehow that these are the songs which my nieces learnt for their school choir for Mass. I also remember how often we prayed the short prayers to the Sacred Heart in class, in assembly, when we were in trouble or anxious: "Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you" or "Sweet heart of Jesus, make me love you more and more". In primary school, some of us used to deliver the Sacred Heart Magazine (also known as the Messenger, a Jesuit Publication) to elderly people in our town. My Nana was subscribed to it and part of my childhood summer holidays was spent reading the collection of magazines from the year. Is it any wonder I ended up in the convent!?

Fr. William Byrne reminds us that the "devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a human heart that is inflamed with divine love, is a powerful meditation and an important theological bridge that helps us understand who Jesus is and how much he loves us."

I am reposting his five reasons to adore the Sacred Heart as I think they are very insightful: 
1. A Sacred Sonogram - Imagine if sonograms had existed at the time of Jesus. Just a little more than a week after the Annunciation when Mary says yes to being the mother of God, we would have seen something amazing on that screen, a little beating heart. That tiny pulse, undetectable to the human ear but resounding in heaven, meant that our God has a heart.

2. What John didn't hear, but the angels did. - At the Last Supper, John the beloved laid his head on Jesus' chest. Jesus knew that Judas, one of his chosen Apostles, was going to betray him. What John did not hear but what echoed in heaven was the sound of a breaking heart. The Sacred Heart is as human as yours and mine, it is a sign of the true humanity of Jesus. Its beat quickened when Jesus laughed with a loved one, and it ached with sorrow when he experienced betrayal. Think how truly his heart feels your joys and sorrows.

3. Blessing not bitterness. - "But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out." (John 19: 33-34) The Sacred Heart of Jesus was wounded and from that wound came blood and water. From his suffering, blessings flowed - the water of Baptism and the blood of the Eucharist. From our pains and hurts, what flows? Grudges, blame and anger or mercy, compassion and forgiveness? Don't wait for suffering to come to turn to Christ on the cross, but begin to pray now that when we are put to the test, blessings and not bitterness will flow from our wounded side.

4. Certain wounds never heal. - When the soldier thrust the lance into Jesus' side, he was already dead. As Thomas learned, those wounds never healed. He was able to feel the marks of the crucifixion and put his hand into Jesus' side. The water and blood, Baptism and Eucharist, have never ceased to flow from the Heart of Christ. His mercy is without end. After you receive Communion at Mass, stay after a few minutes and recall his overwhelming, never-ending generosity. Pray that just as his love flows from the cross into you and me that they may flow from you and me into the world.

5. Like unto Thine. - The Sacred Heart of Jesus, a human heart, opened the gates of heaven for each of us. In Jesus, humanity entered into union with God that could only happen when God became a man. As he took a human heart, he invites us into his divinity.

"To Jesus through Mary" has been an often repeated phrase of devotional writers and preachers. St Louis Marie De Montfort has formulated perhaps the most clear devotion and adoration of Jesus Christ, that is, to love him and gift ourselves to him through Mary, with her spirit, with her Immaculate Heart. In his book, True Devotion to Mary, he shows that proper devotion to the Mother of God only makes one more Christ centred. She always leads us to her Son so we can discover the immensity of His love. St. Augustine also reminds us that to “fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” The heart of Jesus is not a mushy rom-com story but a romance where He was willing to go to Calvary and beyond out of love, pure love.

When I am feeling miserable or having a bad day, there is nothing like having a heart-to-heart conversation with someone who just listens, understands and is able to be with you in that moment. Words don't necessarily have to follow. It is simply a feeling of presence. This is the promise of Jesus to us, He is always waiting to welcome us, to listen, to let us rest our head on His heart. A heart is like a mirror, it reflects who you are but it is to be handled with care! The one person you can give your heart to without the fear of being broken is God. So on this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus- may you hear his heart beat for you and nay you find the still voice in  you which repeats that simple and short prayer: "Sweet Heart of Jesus, make me love you more and more."

23 Jun 2019

23rd June 2019 - Corpus Christi

On this week's programme Lorraine shares with us on the beautiful Solemnity of Corpus Christ. We also have our regular celestial guides and reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

Corpus Christi


Lorraine shares with us some thoughts on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which we know better as Corpus Christi. Lorraine begins by taking us through a history of the feast which owes its existence to Blessed Juliana of Liege, who began devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in around 1230. Largely through her insistence, in 1264 Pope Urban 1V commanded its observance by the universal church. While the Church celebrates the Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday because it falls within the solemn and reflective time of the Easter Triduum, Juliana wanted to encourage a joyful celebration of this great gift of our Divine Master to the Church and to the world.  

The Feast sums up three important confessions about our Faith. First is that God became physically present in the person of Christ, True God and True Man. Secondly, God continues to be present in His people as they form the Mystical Body of Christ in his church. And thirdly, the presence of God under the form of bread and wine is made available to us on the altar at Mass and preserved there for our nourishment and worship.

Lorraine also reflects on why the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is so important to us through the Eucharistic hymns of the Tantum Ergo, Ave Verum Corpus, and Godhead Here in Hiding (Adoro Te Devote). 






You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - Luke 9:11-17

Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.
It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire

English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 4


Saints of the Week
June 24th - The Birthday of St. John the Baptist 
June 25th – St. William of Vercelli
June 26th – St. Anthelm
June 27th - St. Cyril of Alexandria
June 28th - The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 29th - St. Peter and St. Paul

16 Jun 2019

16th June 2019 - Geraldine Creaton - The Emmanuel Community

On this week's programme Geraldine Creaton of the Emmanuel Community shares with us on her experience of the Emmanuel Community. We also have our regular celestial guides and reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

The Emmanuel Community
Geraldine Creaton joins us on our programme this week to share her experience of becoming involved with the Emmanuel Community, a community founded in France in 1972 by Pierre Goursat  and Martine Lafitte-Catta.  

Geraldine tells of her making a visit to Paray Le Monial and experiencing a Jesus talking to her and leading her to a new life with him. This was the start of her journey with the Emmanuel Community as she went on to spend a year at the Community’s School of Mission. Now Geraldine is part of a community numbering 10,000 throughout the world with a further associate 30,000 members.  


The mission of the Community is to reveal to every man and woman the presence of the God of Love in our lives, Jesus Christ, who is "Emmanuel," "God With Us," and wants to be close to us. The Community consists of members with different states of life (families, singles, priests and celibate brothers and sisters) having the most different professions and trying to live a fraternal life in the world. It sees its aim as to respond to God's call to holiness addressed to each person, mainly through intense personal prayer, Eucharistic adoration, compassion for the spiritually and materially poor and evangelisation. Members are helped to grow spiritually in various ways: "household meetings" (small groups of members, meeting regularly for prayer and reflection on God's action in their lives), "spiritual companionship" (personal meeting with a more experienced member), monthly meetings of all the members in a country or region.

Home is where His Heart is!
From July 23-28 an International Session will be held in Paray le Monial (France).  A dozen of nations from different continents will be present to be renewed in the Heart of Jesus.  Workshops, Mass, teachings, praise, … and various parts of the program will be in English!  Come and live this unique experience! This session is open to everyone. Invite your family and friends!

Home is where His Heart is!


See you in Paray le Monial!



You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.

He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire

English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 3


Saints of the Week
June 17th - St. Emily de Vialar
June 18th - St. Gregory Barbarigo 
June 19th - St. Romuald 
June 20th - The Irish Martyrs of the (16th and 17th centuries)
June 21st - St. Aloysius Gonzaga
June 22nd - St. Thomas More

8 Jun 2019

9th June 2019 - Fr. Seamus Enright - Limerick’s Novena in Honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help 2019

On this week's programme Fr. Seamus Enright C.Ss.R., Rector of the Redemptorist Community, Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick joins John to speak about their upcoming Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help which takes place from June 14th - 22nd. We also have our regular celestial guides and reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

The Saint Next Door: Living the Beatitudes
Fr. Seamus Enright C.Ss.R., Rector of the Redemptorist Community, Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick shared with John a little about the history of the devotion to Our Lady under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and where the original icon came from. He also explained that the Redemptorists have a papal mandate to promote devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and how and when the Limerick Novena came about. 

The theme for this year's Novena is The Saint Next Door: Living the Beatitudes which is based on Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world which is entitled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Exult) available HERE. Holiness is not the reserve of clergy and religious. It is, in fact, the baptismal calling of each and every Christian. This theme will be unpacked by looking at holiness in the context of the beatitudes which are a portrait of Jesus and a depiction of a true disciple. 




You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

You can find out more details about the Novena and watch the Novena online on their website HERE.


Gospel - John 14:15-16,23-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever.

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire

English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 2


Saints of the Week
June 10th – Mary, Mother of the Church
June 11th – St. Barnabas, Apostle
June 12th – 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs
June 13th – St. Anthony of Padua
June 14th – St. Davnet
June 15th – St. Abraham

2 Jun 2019

2nd June 2019 - Fr. Eamonn Conway - Lough Derg: An Oasis of Peace for our Modern World

On this week's programme Fr. Eamonn Conway, Head of Department for Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College and author of Lough Derg: Island of Quiet Miracles joins John to speak about the spirituality of Lough Derg and what it offers to us today. We also have our regular celestial guides and reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

Lough Derg - An Oasis of Peace for our Modern World
Fr. Eamonn Conway speaks with John about the treasure that is Lough Derg and why it is so important for us today. Fr. Eamonn shares with us the spirituality of Lough Derg and what is involved in the three day pilgrimage. He outlines why it is necessary for us to make time for prayer and asceticism so that we can better hear God's voice and renew our souls. People of every age and background come to Lough Derg, take part in the prayers and penances and return to their daily lives joyful and renewed.



You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

You can find out more about Lough Derg on their website HERE and the 2019 Season Guide is available HERE.

Fr. Eamonn's book Lough Derg: Island of Quiet Miracles is available to buy HERE

Previous blog posts on Lough Derg are available as follows:

1st  July 2018 - Lough Derg: A sanctuary of extreme relevance in today's world
2nd July 2017 - Lough Derg: Reconnecting with our family history
5th June 2016 - Lough Derg: Island of Quiet Miracles

Gospel - Luke 24:46-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.'
‘And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’
Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.
Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire

English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 3

First Friday - June 7th 

Saints of the Week
June 3rd - St. Kevin
June 4th - St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions
June 5th - St. Boniface
June 6th - St. Jarlath
June 7th - St. Colman of Dromore
June 8th - St. William of York

26 May 2019

26th May 2019 - Fr. Luke McNamara OSB on The Acts of the Apostles

On this week's programme Fr. Luke McNamara OSB gives us an overview of The Acts of the Apostles. We also have our regular reflection on the Sunday Gospel as well as some liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this week's full programme HERE.

The Acts of the Apostles




Fr. Luke McNamara OSB from Glenstal shares an overview of The Acts of the Apostles, beginning by highlighting it's intrinsic connection with the Gospel of St. Luke and why it is separated from St. Luke's Gospel in the arrangement of the books of the New Testament. Fr. Luke recommends that we read The Acts of the Apostles in one sitting or perhaps over two days so that we don't miss the connections between the various parts. Once we have a sense of the whole story of Acts, we will be able to have a better understanding of how the various accounts in Acts fit together. Fr. Luke then very helpfully unpacks The Acts of the Apostles for us, noting the work of the Holy Spirit so that one could suggest that that The Acts of the Apostles be known as The Acts of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Luke especially highlights the relevance of The Acts of the Apostles to our lives today.

You can listen to a podcast of this reflection excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - John 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.’

Reflections on this week's gospel:

Word on Fire

English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 2

First Saturday - June 1st

Pope's Intention for June 2019
Evangelisation – Priests: That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are the most poor.

Saints of the Week
May 27th – St. Augustine of Canterbury
May 28th – Blessed Margaret Pole
May 29th – St. Paul VI
May 30th – St. Joan of Arc
May 31st – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
June 1st – St. Justin Martyr