You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.
The Sanctuaries of Paray le Monial
|Wall painting, Vincent de Paul, left, before Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to Margaret Mary Alacoque; original in convent chapel, Paray le Monial|
On this weeks programme, John is out and about as a roving correspondent for SS102fm and brings you a programme he recorded during the summer in France at the shrine of Paray le Monial. For many people this Burgandian shrine of course is closely associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart which is a favourite devotion among many in West Limerick. John is joined by Philip Milligan to discuss the history and devotion at the shrine.
You can listen to the interview with Philip excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.
The Message of Paray le Monial
The History of Paray le Monial
The future belongs to Mercy from Sessions de Paray-le-Monial on Vimeo.
Gospel - Luke 2:22-40
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family which always occurs on the Sunday during the Octave of Christmas. This year it displaces the Feast of the Holy Innocents.The Holy Family is seen as the model of the human family, of religious community of the Church itself. The celebration of the Incarnation has brought us to see God's closeness and in the Holy Family we see the ordinariness of the life of Jesus.
Our reflection on this weeks gospel can be listened to HERE, excerpted from the main programme.
"Think about it. The creator of the universe spent most of his human life as a craftsman, working with dad in the family business and ultimately taking it over. Mary, the holiest of all creatures, spent most of her time changing diapers, cooking, and cleaning. The secret to holiness is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love and gratitude...." Continue reading this reflection here.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
English Dominicans - Holy Waiting
Word on Fire
You can read more about the feast day HERE.
Liturgical odds and ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 1
Saints of the Week
December 29th - St Thomas a Becket (martyr)
December 30th - Blessed Giovanni Maria Boccardo
December 31st - St Sylvester (Pope)
January 1st - Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (also World Day of Peace)
January 2nd - Ss Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen (Bishops & Doctors of the Church) - First Friday
January 3rd - St Munchin (Bishop) - Patron of the Diocese of Limerick