Homilies

Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

My homily for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were: Acts 10:34. 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9. "The Resurrection is the birth of our hope - for salvation, for life, for all that God created us to be.… Continue reading Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

Musings

The Modern Crosses Facing the World

The following was first featured on Vatican News. Pope Francis concluded the traditional Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday evening by reciting a litany of present-day crosses, representing various forms of suffering in the world today. Children, the elderly, the poor, families, migrants, and the earth itself: the Pope recalled these, and others,… Continue reading The Modern Crosses Facing the World

Homilies

Homilies: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C

My homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 - 23:56. "We have the opportunity to look at the Crucifixion through the lens of the self-emptying love of Jesus… Continue reading Homilies: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C

Book Reviews

Review: The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements Since Vatican II

The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements Since Vatican II by Massimo Faggioli My rating: 4 of 5 stars Historian and theologian, Massimo Faggioli, brings his intellectual weight to the question of the rise of the so-called 'new ecclesial movements' in the life of the Church, particularly from the perspective of his native Italy. Tracing their development… Continue reading Review: The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements Since Vatican II

Book Reviews

Review: Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out

Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out by Walter Brueggemann My rating: 3 of 5 stars A brief yet fascinating study from Walter Brueggemann on the place and power of silence - and the act of silencing - in the Christian Scriptures that points out that at the heart of silence is the application of… Continue reading Review: Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out

Musings

Finding True Harmony In What Unites Us

This article was originally written for and published on the diocesan website, mnnews.today. It subsequently appeared as an opinion piece in The Newcastle Herald on Wednesday 20 March 2019. On the evening of Saturday 16 March, together with hundreds of people from across Newcastle, I gathered at the Newcastle Islamic Centre in Mayfield. I gathered… Continue reading Finding True Harmony In What Unites Us