Each month a prayer intention is released, either for a universal need or for a specific evangelism need, through which Catholics are asked to join in praying with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The intention for March 2019 is: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and… Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for March 2019
I've always enjoyed this piece of music, from the moment I first heard Andrea Bocelli sing it as a duet with Sarah Brightman. It remains for me a stirring piece of music that pierces the soul. The version below, performed by orchestra and children's choir, is one of the versions released to celebrate the 20th… Continue reading Con te partiro
Each month a prayer intention is released, either for a universal need or for a specific evangelism need, through which Catholics are asked to join in praying with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The intention for February 2019 is: For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.… Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for February 2019
I've heard/seen a few versions of this particular piece of music as I've 'surfed' through YouTube. This version, conducted by the composer himself, is one of the best. The words, so I'm told, are the words of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili, which Christopher Tin has set to a masterful arrangement. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noneMROp_E8
Each month a prayer intention is released, either for a universal need or for a specific evangelism need, through which Catholics are asked to join in praying with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The intention for January 2019 is: That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the… Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for January 2019
As I write this post I'm waiting to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ with 'Midnight Mass' (which starts at midnight regardless of what others might say!) and surfing through YouTube. The clip below comes from the United States Air Force Band. It captured my attention. and so I share it with… Continue reading The Sound of ‘One Voice’
The prayer intention of Pope Francis for December 2018 is one for evangelisation: That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Regular visitors to The Doohan Discourse might notice that the website isn't looking like it used to. Last night I made the decision to move hosting providers and the resulting transfer of the site has thrown up a few 'issues', issues, thankfully, that are predominantly about appearance. The same great content is still available for your pleasure… Continue reading Some Changes Happening Here
Surfing some music on YouTube tonight I came across this. I looked for some other versions of the same song - the words are very moving - but this is by far the most touching version. Enjoy!
The letter below from Pope Francis to the whole People of God was released in Rome tonight Australian time... Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” ( 1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I… Continue reading Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God
A musical treat today for Mother's Day...a very Happy Mothers Day to my Mum, Tricia, and to my sisters, Jodie, Sally, Breanna and Cian, and to my sisters-in-law, Susannah and Kerry, who themselves are mothers to my nephews and nieces.
This evening I've added a new feature/option to The Doohan Discourse website: receiving posts by email. In addition to other options, it is now possible to subscribe to an email list that will see you receive each post from The Doohan Discourse by email. The subscription form for this new feature can be found on the right… Continue reading A New Feature for The Doohan Discourse
During March, Pope Francis will be praying That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels. What is Spiritual Discernment? Take a look below...
The words of the Agnus Dei from the Mass set to the music of Samuel Barber, specifically his Adagio for Strings, was a good find on YouTube for me tonight...so good that it had to be shared. The coming together of Barber's marvellous musical score, the words of the liturgy, and the unaccompanied voices of this choir… Continue reading Barber’s Agnus Dei
The Prayer Intention of Pope Francis for February 2018 is: That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption. “Dirty bread of corruption” In his homily during Holy Mass in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis commented on the parable of the dishonest steward taken from the Gospel… Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for February 2018
The prayer intention of Pope Francis during December 2017 is: "That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations."
From time to time I come across a recording of a song, hymn or other piece of music, that reminds me just how powerful good music can be. Good music - and that is a definition that is as much personal appreciation as 'scientific' assessment - has the ability, the power, to reach inside one's… Continue reading A Reminder of the Power of Music
On the 2nd November, the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), Pope Francis visited and prayed at the Ardeatine Caves, the sight of the massacre of Italian political prisoners and civilians, including Jewish civilians, on 24th March 1944 perpetrated by German occupation forces as a means of reprisal for attacks on… Continue reading The Fruit of War is Death
The Pope's prayer intention for November 2017 is That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
The Prayers of the Faithful represent a vision of the Christian in the world that should not be forgotten by the Mass-goer. We don't leave behind our material and historical realities when we got to Mass. We don't got to Mass to escape from the sorrows of the word, as if Church is a safe… Continue reading Transforming The World