Fr. Joe's Rumblings

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…

JOEMS AND THE BUNKER 28.01.2017

EAVESDROPPING ON A BANK HOLIDAY How tired he is Minding children that are not his own And his as well Clearly he loves her as he admires the great mother she is Yet he yearns for ‘quality time’ with her Beer has loosened his tongue He tells them way more than he should More than…

REGRETS AND RESOLUTIONS 07.01.2018

‘I get to bed early and stay there until it’s all over’, ‘ it’s the loneliest night of the year’, ‘it’s the most expensive night in the year’, ‘there’s too much hype about it’ these were just some of the phrases I heard used in the few days before New Year’s Eve. It was obvious that for…

CHRISTMAS RECIPE 17.12.2017

Well the mince pie season is in full swing and I am delighted, though I must confess I find the mince pie is getting more and more like the sausage: it is quite difficult to get a really good one. Actually come to think of it the sausage is worse. Unfortunately more often than not I am disappointed…

WAITING IN FEAR?

‘We have tested and tasted too much, lover – Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder. But here in the Advent – darkened room Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea Of penance will charm back the luxury Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom The knowledge we stole…