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Be loved and liberated by God

The Sunday Gospel In the opening prayer of today’s Mass we ask God to help us celebrate our joy in the resurrection of the Lord. The Gospel reading today (John 14: 23-29) sparkles with reasons for Christian joy. It is set in the uplifting conversation of Jesus with his disciples after the last supper. The disciples were confused…

Father Stu – an unconventional Hollywood life

Mark Wahlberg’s heartfelt faith-drama has a genuine Catholic spirit, writes Ruadhán Jones Hollywood loves a redemption story, the down-and-out who scales great heights from nowhere. Think Rocky; think Cool Runnings; and now, think Father Stu (2022, dir. Rosalind Ross). But while the life of a wannabe amateur boxer who goes to Hollywood seems ready to…

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God makes all things new

The Sunday Gospel Where is the risen Lord to be met? The liturgy each Sunday in this Easter season directs our thoughts to the various situations where the Lord is present and active in our midst. Over the weeks we have reflected on his presence in the mission of forgiveness, in the faith of those who do…

Living the Joy of the Gospel

Vocational Supplement We Franciscans are a Fraternity in Mission, inspired by the life of St. Francis to bring the Gospel of Joy and Grace to the world. We devote our lives to the search for God in a fraternal life of prayer, simplicity of life and service to others. At the heart of Francis’ Gospel…

The Poor Clare Sisters

Vocational Supplement She was so inspired by him, this young man from her own town, twelve years older than her. He had been well known for parties, music and singing. Now all he cared about was following Jesus Christ and encouraging everyone else to do likewise! Francis preached with total sincerity and conviction, and Clare…

Pope Francis’ challenge: Is this the path you are meant to follow?

Vocational Supplement Ireland’s hostile media landscape can make promoting religious vocations difficult, Chai Brady hears The Church’s long history across the world has been punctuated with tremendous growth and decline, despite these swings and roundabouts there has always been those who felt a calling to enter religious life – even though the numbers sometimes dwindle.…