24 Jun 2017

25th June 2017 - Fr Bryan Shortall: Tired of all the bad news?

On this weeks programme John and Shane are joined by Fr Bryan Shortall to talk about his book and blog "Tired of all the bad news". We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as some notices and liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the full programme podcast HERE.

Tired of all the bad news

Fr Bryan Shortall is a member of the Irish Capuchin province of friars and joins us this week on the programme to reflect on vocation, priesthood and his recently published book "Tired of all the bad news".

Shane and John have an interesting chat with this Dublin born padre about his ministry and his experience of ministering to ordinary people in the midst of their daily lives and struggles.

His book which arose from his blog of the same name is described as "a superb insight into the lessons he has learned through the selflessness of his parishioners, the words spoken ‘out of the mouths of babes’, and a close examination of the gospel message. As Bryan himself says, ‘while we can’t blind our eyes to the struggles of people, of families, of communities, it’s important to listen for the sounds of good news that emerge too.’ This little book is his way of helping to bring that good news into the light." As Fr Bryan reminds us it is about pointing the way to Christ in the midst of our daily lives!

You can listen to the interview with Br Bryan excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 10:26-33

‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 4; 12th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week
June 26th - St Josemaria Escriva
June 27th - St Cyril of Alexandria also Our Lady of Perpetual Help
June 28th - St Irenaeus
June 29th - Ss Peter & Paul (Solemnity)
June 30 - First martyrs of the Church of Rome
July 1st - St Oliver Plunkett (First Saturday)

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