Co. Carlow • Kildare and Leighlin Diocese

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Second Sunday of Year

Posted on
Monday, January 18th, 2016

Our first reading today is taken from the 62nd Chapter of the Prophet Isaiah. The prophet is speaking about the return of Israel from its desperate exile in Babylon. After years of suffering and degradation the people are finally coming home again to Jerusalem. “The nations… my delight” The shame of Israel will be removed and the entire world

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Third Sunday of Advent

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Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our gospel for this third Sunday of Advent is of extraordinary importance and speaks to us about the transformation or transfiguration which is unique to Christianity. It speaks to us about the elevation into sons and daughters of God. This is the unique good given to us by Christianity. Every religion and philosophy speaks to us about moral rectitude. We

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Second Sunday of Advent

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Saturday, December 5th, 2015

There was a recent poll taken in Great Britain and the result of the poll was that Jesus was not a real historical figure. I would say many of the great English saints are rolling their eyes in heaven at the result of this poll. The historicity of Jesus is of central importance to Christianity. Christianity is not a myth;

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First Sunday of Advent

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Today the first Sunday of Advent we begin a new liturgical year in the church. The gospel for our mass today begins where the gospel for the last Sunday of the year left off, namely with apocalyptic musings. Apocalypse means unveiling or revealing. Jesus in the gospel today uses images from the 7th book of the Prophet Daniel “For

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Feast of Christ the King.

Posted on
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The Liturgical year ends with the feast of Christ the King; this is our fest day today. In a liturgical procession the important figure comes last and in a certain way this important feast comes at the end, this is not talking away from Easter and Christmas that are important feasts as well. The feast day of today is focussing

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Twenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Monday, October 12th, 2015

In the gospel story today we have this beautiful story of the rich young man who approached Jesus. This is one of the great sorties in the NT and a story which influenced the life of St. Pope John Paul II and he used this story a lot in his writings and when he was a teacher in moral philosophy

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Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The first reading from the Book of numbers and the gospel from St. Mark both speak about a problem that we have faced in the scriptures; the problem of the church becoming its own worst enemy, of the church undermining itself. One of the most effective means of overcoming your opponent is: ‘divide and conquer’. The enemies of the church

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Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordianry Time.

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Monday, September 21st, 2015

One of the most important documents of the Church is the doctrine of original sin that states there is something fundamentally off about us, something that is just not right. We are not saying that it is total depravity, but we are saying that original sin has worked its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. G. K.