Thought on Sunday

The Stuff of Holiness

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 22nd April 2018      The following is just a brief summary of what the Tablet Magazine has to say about Pope Francis’ new document, ‘Rejoice and be glad’. “Holiness has something of a bad name. It popularly means one of two things; either being so...

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Here we go again!

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 15th April 2018       That’s what I felt like saying when we celebrated the Annunciation on Monday last and began again the round of Jesus’ life from conception to crib, cross and resurrection. How often we’ve done that! It’s repetitive but not boring because it’s...

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Doubt No Longer

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 8th April 2018      Faith in the Resurrection of Jesus, as we know, is at the heart of Christian faith. Yet we often struggle with doubts, don’t we?  Even though, according to St. Paul, without the resurrection of Jesus, everything else collapses.  St. Paul knew...

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Easter Joy

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 1st April 2018                                               It’s been a long cold winter and we have warnings of more of the same – even at Easter! So, more than ever we need to experience the joy of Easter. More than ever we need to be reminded that...

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The Lord turned and looked at Peter

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 25th March 2018      Why was Peter hanging round the courtyard?  Was he watching, waiting, and hoping to catch a glimpse of Jesus as he was being brought through? Or was he too busy saving his own neck, cursing and swearing and trying to prove...

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Cry, God, Cry!

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 18th March 2018      “During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears.” Hebrews 5:7 (2nd reading today)  A little lad was listening in to some adults talking about life and the problems of life and when one...

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Six Family Principles

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 11th March 2018      In preparation for the World Meeting of Families in August next, we are invited to reflect on the theme “The Gospel and Family: Joy for the world”. Cardinal Cupich of Chicago has recently drawn six principles from ‘Amoris Laetitia’, the Pope’s...

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Signs and wonder

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 4th March 2018      In today’s Gospel, the Jews ask Jesus, “What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?” What he had done was organise a riot to protest their turning the Temple into a cattle market or a Super market....

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Top Vet Ordained

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 25th February 2018    Galileo was a legendary stallion acknowledged as the “best sire on the planet” But that might never have happened without vet Niall O’Riordan and what Niall called divine intervention. Galileo fell gravely ill and needed two surgeries within 48 hours. So, it...

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Shocked into seeing

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 18th February 2018      Lent caught me by surprise! I think it always does but this year it seemed sooner than ever. I should be glad, since Lent means spring and lengthening of days! And I would be if it felt a bit more like...

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