Category: Feature

Prepare a Way for the Lord

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Two great prophets stride into our liturgical readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah and John the Baptist. We usually think of prophets as people who foretell the future but that is only partially true. The real meaning of prophecy is revealing and proclaiming God’s presence…

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First Sunday of Advent

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Dark November will soon be past when we turn the page of the calendar to December. In the Church’s calendar it is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year. Advent means coming: the past coming of Jesus Christ at the first Christmas;…

A Passion for God’s Love

Fr James Sweeney CP Celebrating Three Hundred Years of the Passionists Catholic life is richly populated with great and saintly figures. They’re very particular people, from their own particular places and traditions, but they belong to us all. The Apostle Paul says the Spirit’s gifts are bestowed for the good of the whole Church. So…

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. On the last Sunday of the liturgical year we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It is a relatively modern feast, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. In the aftermath of World War I, peace was barely surviving on uneasy foundations. Atheistic…

Two virtual events hosted by The Hook of Faith

The Hook of Faith is proud to offer two free virtual events to enhance your spiritual journey this Advent season.   ADVENT RETREAT ON ZOOM For three sessions, during Advent, you are invited to take part in a mini-retreat that will explore the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. The retreat will be led…

Protecting the vulnerable at home and abroad

Acting Today for a Brighter Tomorrow – 2020 Legacy Supplement Chai Brady hears from charities working to help people through homelessness, poverty, violence and the Covid-19 pandemic Irish charities are facing many difficulties trying to overcome the unique challenges wrought by the current pandemic, but many have devised creative solutions to continue helping those most…

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Pope Francis: Climate change ‘causing immense hardship for the most vulnerable among us’

Feature sponsored by Concern Worldwide. Extreme weather destroying crops and food supplies in world’s most vulnerable countries. With climate change related hunger and malnutrition increasing, Pope Francis warned, “We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own.” Worldwide, droughts and floods have more than doubled since the early…

Purgatory: a therapy of divine love, not punishment

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Purgatory is not specifically mentioned in the Bible but the doctrine of Purgatory is a beautiful development which holds in unity two ideas that might seem to be contradictory. The doctrine of God’s holiness reminds us of God’s unique otherness, glory and light, far beyond anything we…