The Parables of the Kingdom

The Parables of the Kingdom

In St Matthew’s Gospel we find many teachings of Jesus, expressed in parables, little stories which illustrate the teaching readily and are easy to remember. Generations of preachers have admired the simplicity and power of the parables, “art concealing itself”....

How To Spend A Holy Hour

by Fr Billy Swan I recently gave a talk to a group of promoters of Eucharistic Adoration here in my diocese. I shared with them a few thoughts on how we might spend a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The first twenty minutes before the Lord really present in...

A Heroic Life – St Edmund Campion

by Fr Shane Sullivan Edmund Campion was born in 1540 in Henry VIII’s enthusiastically Protestant England. He became one of Oxford’s best scholars and received the order of deacon within the Church of England. Edmund was a very unlikely Catholic martyr and hero, yet he...

The Holy Name of Jesus

By Fr Philip Kemmy “With the Name of Jesus we shall overthrow the demons; we shall put them to flight. With this Name, if they sometimes dare to attack us, our battles will be victories, and our victories will be crowns for Heaven, all brilliant with precious...

Little Nellie of Holy God

By Kate Barry-Murphy         Little Nellie was born in County Waterford in 1903 and died in Cork City at the tender age of 4 years and 5 months on the special Feast of the Presentation.      Nellie, consecrated as...

A Reflection on Today’s Mass Readings

Dia dhuit, Our new Church year began with Advent eight or so months ago and since then we have been for the most part going through the Gospel of St Mark each Sunday.  We will take a break from St Mark’s Gospel for the next five Sundays and we will journey...

My Vocation Story

By Sr. Faustina (Poor Clares Cork) In my teenage years I drifted away from the Church. I had no understanding of God’s personal love for me.  I wanted to break free from all rules which I thought restricted me. I loved going to Pubs, Clubs, Parties, Rock Concerts...

From Satanism to the Rosary

By Fr Damian Polly In September I was privileged to be able to visit the spectacular Dominican Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii while leading a pilgrimage through some of the shrines of Italy. The first thing that strikes you when you enter this...

Marian Devotion In Early Christian Ireland

By Dr Gillian Doherty Devotion to Mary is an ancient and cherished feature of Catholicism in Ireland. From the first proclamation of the Gospel by St Patrick, St Declan and other missionaries in the 5th century, the Blessed Virgin was beloved by the Irish as the...

The Baptism of Jesus

By Fr Seán Maguire The Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus on the 13th of January this year. The feast brings the Christmas season to a close and marks the beginning of ‘Ordinary Time’. The Sacrament of Baptism has been explored in detail in recent...

Leszek Kolakowski and the Devil

By Fr Tomás Walsh Philosopher, Leszek Kolakowski, (1927-2009), who witnessed unimaginable Nazi, and then Soviet terror, was one of Poland’s leading intellectuals of the 20th Century. Originally, a leading Marxist philosopher, Kolakowski was expelled from the Communist...