Fr. Joe's Rumblings

IS IT A PARTY OR A WAKE?

This morning, Saturday, the day the votes in the referendum are being counted I was in the Phoenix Park. I was feeling pretty heavy hearted. As someone who wrote and preached and indeed voted no, whilst I was not surprised at the outcome, as I had fully expected the Yes campaign to win, I was indeed taken aback…

The Trinity

It’s amazing how often I meet people who say that the Trinity means nothing to them. They say that it’s too vague, too far away from them. Too complicated. They even say that it has no bearing on their life. It goes further. I have people say to me that their faith life is rooted in…

The Polling Booth

Weighing it up. I agree, that women’s health has and continues to have an appalling record in this country and we need to deal with this,that no woman should be pregnant and alone, that the ‘hard cases’, of rape / incest are appalling, that women ‘having to travel’ is heartbreaking, and I can understand slogans like ‘it’s my body.’ However…

DARKNESS DEEPENS?

‘Abide with me; fast falls the even tide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.’ This is the first verse of the great and beautiful hymn that we often sing at Night Prayer. The world we live in today in 2018…

10 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REFERENDUM

1) Is having an abortion a serious sin? God alone is the judge, as only He knows the whole story. In particular only God knows the degree of inner freedom of the individual. That said, there is such a thing as serious sin and whilst God alone judges, once we step into the world of abortion we…

LETTER TO THE WOMEN OF IRELAND

N.B. Over the next four weeks the ‘rumblings’ will be taken up with the upcoming Referendum. The titles are as follows: Today: ‘Letter to the Women of Ireland’ May 6th: ’10 Questions about the Referendum’ May 13th: ‘Darkness Deepens?’ May 20th: ‘The Polling Booth’ Dear Sisters, I realise from the outset, with regard to the referendum,…

THE MOTLEY CREW AND THE POPE

Did you hear the one about the Motley Crew and the Pope? One of my favourite pieces of Gospel text is Matthews going away bash! (Matt 9:9-13) I am sure you remember it, he has just heard the invitation of Jesus, he has found enough in his heart to say some sort of yes. Like the…

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…