Fr. Joe's Rumblings

MY RETURN TO MEDJUGORJE

I was first in Medjugorje in the days between Christmas 2001 and the Feast of the Epiphany 2002. It was very cold and the snow was deep and packed tight on the roads and pathways. Despite the fact that several people have expressed doubt about much snow in the village of Medjugorje whatever about the surrounding hilltops, I…

GOING FOR A WALK? 17.09.2017

Many years ago when I was teaching, one Friday after school, around five o’clock, I encountered a few senior students sitting in the Common Room talking about things they might do during the summer. They had been discussing travelling around Europe, and at the point I arrived they were debating the importance of travelling companions. During this brief…

BORING OR BRILLIANT? 03.09.2017

Do you ever feel fed up? Does the sameness of life get you down? Do you feel sometimes that you have nothing to look forward to? Does this feeling sometimes get worse and it’s like you are dragging yourself along? It’s more drudgery than dance, more enduring than enjoying. I do not mean clinical depression which obviously requires…

GOOD COMPANIONS 20.08.2017

I guess most of us know how a long and tedious wait or a monotonous journey can be shortened by good company. Sometimes that good company can be hard to find. Now whilst I have often discussed the importance of sacred silence and the ability to spend time on one’s own, I want to reflect a little today…

THE REDUNDANT SACRAMENT 13.08.2017

It must be over twenty years ago since I first heard the phrase ‘the redundant sacrament’ and I hope I am correct in attributing it to the theologian Monika Hellwig. It refers of course to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or more popularly, Confession. Now, if it was true back then that this Sacrament had fallen on hard times,…

A LETTER FROM HEAVEN? 30.07.2017

Well I have heard of from pennies from Heaven, but an e-mail, a text or even an old fashioned letter from Heaven that’s a completely different story. Seriously though imagine if we received a little note, in whatever shape, from inside the ‘pearly gates’? I am amazed the number of people who are really fixated on communicating with…