Last weeks programme which was the second part of the interview with the Cistercian nuns of Glencairn Abbey didn't go out on air as planned due to some technical difficulties at WL102fm HQ. However, due to requests from our listeners who had been waiting to hear the interview, with the cooperation of station management, we are going to have a 2 hour Sacred Space 102fm next Sunday. From 9am, prior to our normal programme, we will re-broadcast our programme from 23rd October with the Cistercian nuns which will be followed by our normal Sunday morning programme at 10am! Please pass the word around!
Meanwhile you can listen to this weeks full programmes podcast HERE.
You can find out more about the history of the Rosary HERE and HERE
The Rosary is a profound prayer yet a very simple prayer suitable for all ages. It is both a meditation and mantra with its parts very much based on scripture - Our Father (Mttw 6:9-13), the Angelic salutation (Luke 1:28) and Elizabeth's greeting (Luke 1:42) to Mary which together make up the Hail Mary (Luke - Hail Mary), Mysteries based on the events in the life of Christ and his ministry.
You can listen to Fr Phonsie's reflection HERE.
You can find other posts on the blog about the Rosary HERE.
Gospel - Luke 18:9-14
"He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
This week we are invited to consider the Pharisee who sits up front and thanks God that he is not as bad as others, and the tax collector who stays back and prays 'God be merciful to me, a sinner'.
We are not one man or the other - we are all, at varying times, a bit of both!
We get smug, we get humble, ...
we assume, we realise, ...
we take for granted, we recognise Gods mercy ....
"Holiness is not something one can achieve on one’s own through perfectionist practice, however earnest such practice may be. Holiness—justification before the One who calls us to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 19:2)—is lived in love alongside other flawed, struggling human beings who seek to know something of the sacred. And it is lived in solidarity with the suffering poor. A radical call indeed!" - Pope Francis
Some reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds and ends
As the clocks change and the evenings draw in, we head into Samhain (November) and the dark days of Winter here in Ireland. As the earth heads into hibernation and rebirth, the ancient Celts saw this time as a "thin place" between this world and the next. All Hallows Eve (Halloween) is a reminder to us that our nearest and dearest who have died are not really that far away and that we honour and pray for and with each other in the Communion of Saints especially at this time of the year.
Whilst you remember your own loved ones at this time, also remember to pray for those that are mourning. While time may change the pain of loss, it can never be said to truly go away; remember those who mourn and feel that pain at this time too especially for those who have lost loved ones in the last twelve months.
"For centuries the church has confronted the human community with role models of greatness. We call them saints when what we really often mean to say is 'icon,' 'star,' 'hero,' ones so possessed by an internal vision of divine goodness that they give us a glimpse of the face of God in the center of the human. They give us a taste of the possibilities of greatness in ourselves."
— Joan D. Chittister in A Passion for Life
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 2, 30th week in Ordinary time
Saints of the Week
October 28th - Ss Simon and Jude (Apostles)
October 29th -St Colman
October 30th - St Alphonsus Rodriguez
October 31st - Bl Dominic Collins SJ (martyr) (also All Hallows Eve)
November 1st - Solemnity of All Saints - All blog posts on the feast HERE. In Ireland it is a Holy Day of Obligation.
November 2nd - Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Soul's). All blog posts on the commemoration are HERE.
Indulgence for November for the Holy Souls
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."
"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.83 (CCC 1471)
In the communion of saints, "a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things."87 In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin. (CCC 1475)
1. From 12 noon on Nov 1 to midnight on Nov 2nd all who have confessed, received Holy Communion and prayed for the Pope’s intentions (one Our Father & Holy Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice), can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father & the Apostle’s Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made any time within the week preceding or the week following Nov 1. Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1 November to 8 November.
2. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from Nov 1st to 8th. The conditions mentioned above, apply also for this.