Digitally proclaiming the Gospel in the diocese of Ferns and beyond

‘The Hook of Faith’ is brought to you by ‘FERNS C.A.F.É’ (Catholic Adult Formation and Education) – a group in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland who are committed to the work of evangelisation and adult faith formation. It seeks to bring the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on all sectors of society in a way that offers life and meaning to everyone. We recognise the challenge of this task at a time in the Church that needs healing and hope. The mission of ‘The Hook of Faith’ is to ‘Digitally proclaim the Gospel in the Diocese of Ferns and beyond’. Our hope is that the light that comes from our faith will reach a wide audience through this new age of digital media and will help transform lives through the joy of the Gospel.

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Faith and Mental Health, a conversation - Part 2

We continue our series this week on ten benefits of faith to our mental health. The second and related resource of our faith is that it declares us to be someone, helping us understand ourselves in relation to another. Our encounter with Christ reveals who we are and confers an identity as beloved children of God. This frees us from the anxiety of trying to understand ourselves only in relation to ourselves. According to St Bonaventure: ‘I know myself better in God than in myself’ (Hexaemeron, 12, 9). For St Catherine of Siena, we cannot be our own interpreters for ‘we can see neither our own dignity nor the defects which spoil the beauty of our soul, unless we look at ourselves in the peace

Rejoice and Be Glad!

"Rejoice and be glad in my life poured out over all areas of your life. Sing your days as a gentle melody of peace and gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for in your life. Stand back and look afresh at all that surrounds you and reminds you of my love. So easily you forget how I have walked with you and guided you to safe ground and deepening love. Trust that I will not leave you. Through challenges and uncertainties, I will guide and comfort you. Be comforted NOW in that thought and promise. My promise is truth".


Next Sunday, 3rd June is the great Feast of Corpus Christi. Here is a link to an inspiring talk by Bishop Robert Barron on the Eucharist To view click on the link :

Faith and Mental Health, a conversation - Part 1

Introduction and Part 1 The importance of our mental health has been highlighted widely in recent years. This is a welcome and necessary development. Professional voices from psychology, psychiatry and medicine have all argued for increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and the need for greater support structures to help people with mental health problems. One resource we have in improving our mental health and keeping it healthy is our Christian faith. For the next 10 weeks, we will offer ten reasons why the gift of faith is an invaluable source of strength in helping us to have a sound and healthy mind. First though, it is important to explain three important caveats befor

FOCUS ON THE SAINTS: St Philip Neri. Feast Day, Saturday 26th May 2018

St. Philip Neri was a Christian missionary and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, a community of Catholic priests and lay brothers. He was born in Florence on July 21st 1515, one of four children. From a very young age, Philip was known for being cheerful and obedient. He was affectionately referred to as "good little Phil." He received his early teachings from friars at the Dominican monastery in Florence, San Marco. At 18-years-old, Philip went to live with a wealthy family member in San Germano. He was sent there to assist in - and possibly inherit - the family business. However, soon after his arrival, Philip experienced a mystical vision, which he eventually spoke of as his Chr

Words from Bishop Denis Brennan at the Launch of ‘The Hook of Faith’at the Riverside Park Hotel, Enn

800 hundred years ago a group of monks lived on the Hook peninsula. They were obviously outward looking because they reached out to passing seafarers in a very positive way---they lit a beacon to warn them of the dangerous rocks and currents in the area. The monks were concerned for the safety of those who passed by in close proximity to their rocky shore, the Hook beacon was probably only visible for a mile or two. The Hook of Faith on the other hand can be seen all over the world. But the impulse is the same---to reach out---to engage---to be a beacon of light and hope. I warmly welcome the launch of the Hook of Faith and I thank Fr Billy and all involved in its setting up. I believe it of

CHOOSE LIFE: A Perspective from Science and Faith

Biology teaches us about living organisms and contributes to our view of the development of human beings from conception to death. Living organisms respond to their environment, grow and change, have a complex chemistry, are built of structures called cells and have the potential of passing traits onto their future offspring. These biological characteristics of living organisms are as true for a developing baby inside the womb as they are for a baby outside of the womb. At the moment of fertilization, the developing baby's genetic make-up is complete, including its sex. If a Y sperm fertilizes the egg, the developing baby is male; if an X sperm fertilizes the egg, the developing baby is fema



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