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”....

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...

St John Paul II on the Rosary

“It would be impossible to name all the many saints who discovered in the Rosary a genuine path to growth in holiness.  We need but mention Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, the author of an excellent work on the Rosary, and, closer to ourselves, Padre Pio...

The Glories of Mary

Fr Eamon Roche Recently in a second-hand book sale I spotted ‘The Glories of Mary’ the famous 18th century book on Marian devotion by St Alphonsus De Ligouri. How happy I was to pay a mere 50 cent for the possession of this masterpiece on the life and virtues of the...

Offer it up!

By Fr Marius O’Reilly Suffering in the world today is often seen as useless.  We are encouraged to avoid it at all costs.  This can however make us brittle.  People often say how previous generations were hardier, had a greater capacity to endure,...