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"What is happening?" Ancient homily for Holy Saturday

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If you ever wondered what the big icon in our Chapel of Adoration in Dublin signifies, here's the best explanation below. It's from the 2nd reading of the Office of Readings which we read on Holy Saturday. The icon was here in the Chapel, left by the Consolata Fathers, when we moved here in 1992. Before she died in June 2014, Sr. M. Paul O' Brien had restored it a little for Holy Saturday as the colours were beginning to fade. It was her last major art work, of which she had done many. When she painted, often she would be talking to people who would call her for advice, prayers or simply to be listened to. Conor McGee (now Fr. Conor) helped her with the restoration as did Edward Kavanagh who was great in spreading catechesis about the icon. Edward, like Sr. Paul, has since gone to his eternal reward. Conor, was ordained almost 2 years ago and used the icon on his ordination prayer card. It's amazing how one icon can unite lives in different ways.

From the Office of Read…

Waiting...

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There is absolutely nothing we can do on Holy Saturday, and that is the point. It is a day of desolation and nothingness, a day of darkness and utter emptiness. The day is and should be the most calm and quiet day of the entire Church year, a day broken by no liturgical function. Christ lies in the grave, the Church sits near and mourns. After the great battle He is resting in peace, but upon Him we see the scars of intense suffering...The mortal wounds on His Body remain visible.  There is nothing to do now except wait… and waiting is the hardest part in this digital and instant age. Holy Saturday is the silent pause between what we have done and what God will do – what only God can do.

On this day God is silent, yet God is still at work. Scripture tells us Holy Saturday is the day Christ descended and ministered to those in Hades, or the place of the dead. This is not a trivial or side matter, which is why “He descended to the dead” finds mention in the Apostles’ Creed. Christ goes…

Betrayal-Only a friend can betray a friend

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As we journey on this Holy Week, the readings today contain a richness of which we often just scratch the surface. Today we see Jesus predict the betrayal which will cost Him his life. Often in a relationship, the betrayal is so shocking because we don't expect it, we didn't see the signs. Yet Jesus knew exactly who would betray but yet He continued to love Judas. He loved Judas even when Judas was enshrouded by darkness. “The light shines in the darkness” (John 1:5). The other disciples would betray Him in other ways but Judas could not turn back and accept the merciful love that would forgive even this most deceitful betrayal.
Each one of us at some stage of our lives have had our trust broken. Often it is not easy to bounce back as we fear that a new relationship or friendship will end up the same way as soon as we let down our guard. As we journey through life we seek people to trust and who support us. We are called to do the same. If we think back to the play Julius Ca…

Vigil for the Protection of the Eight Amendment

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Guided Holy for the 25th of March 2018, anniversary of religious profession

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Celebrating ‘YES’ to God’s call
25th of March 2018 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Opening hymn: Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest (x2)
Lord, we lift up your name, with our hearts full of praise. Be exalted O Lord, our God, Hosanna in the highest.
Glory, glory, glory in the highest (x2) Lord, we lift up your name, with our hearts full of praise. Be exalted O Lord, our God, glory in the highest
Introduction:The first word of the angel to Mary was Rejoice. And the feast of Annunciation is, first of all, a feast of quiet heavenly joy—joy over reconciliation with God, joy over the return of grace to earth. Annunciation is also a feast of triumph of humility, purity and chastity, a feast of unshakable faith in the power of God and in His unlimited love toward us his children. Pope Francis once summed up the Annunciation like this: “God surprises us, God asks us to be faithful and God is our strength.” Yes, God surprised Mary, but despite this she was able to say, “Here I am, the ser…