30 Jan 2016

31st January 2016 - Good Queen Katherine: Exploring the story of a possible saint? - 4th Sunday in Ordinary time

On this weeks programme we broadcast an interview with Canon John Baker exploring the story of Katherine of Aragon. We have a short reflection on this weeks gospel as well as some local notices especially for things relating to the upcoming Limerick Diocesan Synod  
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE
Good Queen Katherine - Exploring the story of a possible saint?
The understanding of marriage and the care of those who have been divorced and remarried has dominated a lot of discussion in church (at the Synod in Rome) and in state (with the marriage referendum last year). One person who is held up as a model for Catholics of fidelity to marriage no matter what is Katherine of Aragon.
On this weeks programme we have an interview between Canon John Baker of Peterborough Cathedral and John about the cathedral and of course the story of Queen Katherine.
The interview hears how the Spanish Princess from one of the greatest royal houses in Europe became stranded in England following the death of her first husband, the teenage Prince Arthur, and how his younger brother came to her rescue when he became King - Henry VIII. When the succession didn't go to Henry's plan after twenty years of marriage he sought to divorce her which led to the separation of the church in England and the English reformation. She however,never wavered in knowing who she was, as a Catholic, a wife, and a monarch who had made vows to God, her husband, and to the English people whom she was to aid her husband in governing, that she would fulfill her vows no matter what the cost to her personally. 
The call for the opening of Katherine's cause has some support and the following can give some further information:
You can listen to the podcast of the interview excerpted from the main programme here

Gospel - Luke 4:21-30

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say,
‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
Salt + Light
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - psalter week 4, 4th week in ordinary time
Saints of the Week
February 1st - Feast of St Brigid - secondary patron of Ireland
February 2nd - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
also World Day for Consecrated Life
February 3rd - St Blaise - Day for the Blessing  of the Throats
February 4th - Saint Cuanna of Lismore
February 5th - St Agatha (First Friday)
February 6th - Ss Paul Miki & Companions - the Martyrs of Nagasaki
Pope's Monthly Intentions

Universal: Care for Creation - That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

Evangelization: Asia - That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia

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