Fr. Joe's Rumblings

COFFEE, COOKIES AND SPECIAL CRUMBS

I don’t know if you have encountered the ‘flat white?’ It’s the latest in the world of coffee. I have been opting for it over the latte or cappuccino. I think I have been telling myself that it’s more healthy. Less cream, less sugar, less froth, less frills. Though of course in the commercial world things do not…

IS THERE ANY HOPE?

I think between the book, a few media appearances and a couple of the rumblings I have got the name of being something of a prophet of gloom. A lot of people are inclined to associate me with the phrase ‘the death of the church’. I think some, especially those who do not know me, are more and…

THE TIDE CAN TURN QUICKLY

What a fall! That was a real fall from grace. He used to be flavour of the month. She could do no wrong. Everything she touched turned to gold. Local boy makes good. These, and many more we could add, are all examples of statements we use to describe or evaluate each other. However, more than this,…

VIEW FROM A GUEST RUMBLER

I am really too old for this now! So much so I lie on my bed until the very last minute these mornings. Once the radio clicks off I know I better move to go downstairs. I am happy it’s another day but I have grown to hate the stairs. Actually I don’t know which is worse,…

THE BURDEN OF JESUS

Lent seems an opportune moment to explore the burden of Jesus. The Pope said recently that Lent was a great time to come home. I think this was what got me thinking. The idea of coming home, of returning to what is important, to re – focus is of course very much part of the Lenten journey.…

SONG TO THE SONOGRAM*

No I am not swayed by arguments, stats and Gory pictures. Nor am I swayed by the one who says you are her body because You are in it. No I am not swayed by fear and threat Even that attributed to the Divine. Nor am I swayed by your unasked for, uninvited Inconvenient presence.…

THE SADNESS OF A HAPPY PASTOR 04.02.2018

It is perhaps my single greatest disappointment, certainly it is a recurring sadness, in my life as a priest. I speak of how many of us miss the fact that we as Catholics are called to have a unique personal relationship with Jesus. I appreciate these words are easily spoken and I have regularly encountered people, including people…