Fr. Joe’s Rumblings (Page 14)

Fr. Joe’s writings and rumblings.

OF CANDLES, CROSSES AND SORE THROATS

As we turn into February there are three days that come together that might give us something to think about. They are the first three days in this month. February 1st, the Feast of St. Brigid, February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and February 3rd, the Feast of St. Blaise. Even as a…

BUILDING WALLS OR BRIDGES? 22.01.2017

Long, long before he became affectionately known as one half of the ‘chuckle brothers’, and on a more serious note, being an important part of building peace in Northern Ireland, I had an encounter with the Reverend Ian Paisley. It was not a pleasant experience, as a matter of fact, it was quite frightening. It was Church…

WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR? 01.01.2017

The topics of discussion for the last few days of any year are so predicable. The weight we have put on over Christmas, the ongoing battle with the cigarettes, the decision to go to bed earlier and get up earlier, maybe we could get fitter, walk more, maybe even run, spend less, save more. Before we know…

SANTA SHOCK !! 25.12.2016

In a way I should not really be calling it a shock because I should have seen it coming. I mean to be honest I was a little bit suspicious something like this was going on behind the scenes. The other problem with this is you may be reading this on Christmas morning and I am not…

ARE YOU THE ONE? 18.12.2016

Last Sunday we heard one of the most moving exchanges in the Gospels. I find it difficult to resist the interplay between the imprisoned John the Baptist and Jesus at the height of his public ministry. I really feel for John the Baptist in this passage. He is an extraordinary figure. I glimpse him in the womb…

KEEPING AN EYE OUT 04.12.2016

‘On Guard!!’ This was our cry as young boys, with our left arm bent, hand on hip, the other hand brandishing our sword as we acted out a fencing scene from The Mark of Zorro or another swashbuckling epic. These sword fights were fast and furious and often ended in one or other of us being ‘run through’.…