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‘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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BLESSED ARE YOU LORD, GOD OF ALL CREATION

Here in Ireland, we were blessed with an unusually hot and dry summer. While this presented challenges to people like farmers, most of us enjoyed the stunning display of creation’s beauty. The long evenings, the beautiful sunsets, the patchwork of colors decorating the landscape, the blue seas, the night sky —all combined to lift up our minds and souls in prayer to the One responsible for it all. Immersed in this beauty, evening walks were like a daily retreat in God’s beautiful garden that has no walls. Because of this beauty, I found myself drawn deeper into words of the offertory prayer at the Eucharist where God’s priestly people bless the Creator of all: “Blessed are you, Lord, God of a

FEAST OF ST GREGORY THE GREAT: MONDAY 3RD SEPT.

Pope Saint Gregory, commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 3 September 590 to 12 March 604 AD. He is famous for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome, the Gregorian Mission, to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity. Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as Pope. A Roman senator's son and himself the Prefect of Rome at 30, Gregory tried the monastery but soon returned to active public life, ending his life and the century as pope. Although he was the first pope from a monastic background, his prior political experiences may have helped

INSPIRING TALK BY JOHN L. ALLEN ON THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS TO IRELAND

Last Thursday, 23rd August, I travelled to Dublin to Avila, the Carmelite Centre in Donnybrook. As one of the fringe events for the World Meeting of Families, 'The Irish Catholic' newspaper hosted a talk on the Pope's visit by John L. Allen jr., the American journalist and expert in Catholic affairs. John L. Allen Jr. is the founder website Crux - a forum for the interaction of faith and culture. Before moving to The Boston Globe when Crux was established in 2014, Allen worked for 16 years in Rome as a Vatican watcher, covering news about the Holy See and the Pope. During that time he was senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and an analyst of Vatican affairs for CNN and NP

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B). 2nd September 2018

A friend describes the years from our mid-thirties to probably our early 60’s as ‘the sandwich years’: the responsibility of caring for the needs of a growing family on one side and oftentimes those of increasingly elderly and possibly frail parents on the other. Sometimes trying to balance schedules, appointments, bills, the humdrum of ordinary daily life and the expectations of others can make us seem unduly rigid, stuck in the mud of routine, with a host of good reasons why children (and grandparents) ought obey the rules! Except, just as with the pharisees, that is often an unfair characterisation. The Pharisees were good, religious people caught up in events outside their control. St. M

A JOURNEY THROUGH 'THE JOY OF LOVE'

This new six-part television series has also just been launched as we approach the final month of preparations for WMOF2018. The series features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski, Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland. Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on

A JOURNEY THROUGH 'THE JOY OF LOVE'

This new six-part television series has also just been launched as we approach the final month of preparations for WMOF2018. The series features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski, Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland. Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on

EXTREME WEATHER WAKES US UP FROM OUR EXTREME APATHY

Weather conditions have flitted madly from one extreme to another in recent times. We had Hurricane Ophelia last October. The Beast from the East brought snow and ice to most parts of the country in March, followed by Storm Emma. And of course, this summer beat all records for heat, which while extremely pleasant in one way, has serious consequences as well. Neither grass nor crops grew as they should, aside from maize, which grew to unprecedented heights. And it is not just Ireland. German astronaut, Alexander Gertz, recently posted photos taken from space of his native Germany. The earth is parched, cracked and brown. He also showed Portugal, saying that it looked on that day like a mixtu

ST AUGUSTINE (354-430)

An Extract from the Confessions of St Augustine ‘Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance the innermost places of my being; but only because you had become my helper was I able to do so. I entered, then, and with the vision of my spirit, such as it was, I saw the incommutable light far above my spiritual ken and transcending my mind: not this common light which every carnal eye can see, nor any light of the same order; but greater, as though this common light were shining much more powerfully, far more brightly, and so extensively as to fill the universe. The light I saw was not the common light at all, but something different, utterly different, from all those things. Nor

SAINT MONICA (332-387)

An extract from the Confessions of St. Augustine on the death of his mother Monica ‘Because the day when she was to leave this life was drawing near – a day known to you, though we were ignorant of it – she and I happened to be alone, through (as I believe) the mysterious workings of your will. We stood leaning against a window which looked out on a garden within the house where we were staying, at Ostia on the Tiber; for there, far from the crowds, we were recruiting our strength after the long journey, in order to prepare ourselves for our voyage overseas. We were alone, conferring very intimately. Forgetting what lay in the past, and stretching out to what was ahead, we enquired between o

INTERVIEW WITH FR RICHARD GIBBONS, PARISH PRIEST OF KNOCK, CO. MAYO

This week we are blessed to speak with Fr Richard Gibbons, Parish priest of Knock, Co. Mayo. On a recent visit to Knock, we met Fr Richard and spoke to him about the visit of Pope Francis this Sunday 26th August. The Pope will spend 90 minutes in Knock before returning to Dublin for Mass in the Phoenix Park. We also spoke to Fr Richard about his work in Knock Shrine including the refurbishment of the Basilica and the installation of the beautiful mosaic of the apparition of Our Lady in 1879. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/richard-gibbons

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Dear friends. This Sunday is a historic day in the history of the Irish Church. For only the second time, a Pope has been welcomed to Ireland and today/tomorrow he will celebrate Mass with an estimated crowd of half a million in the Phoenix Park in Dublin to conclude the World Meeting of Families. In his homily here at the Cathedral on Tuesday evening during the opening liturgy for the World Meeting of Families, Bishop Denis compared the visit of Pope John Paul in 1979 to the visit of Pope Francis in 2018. He spoke about the situation in Ireland the time of the late seventies that was frought politically and economically very challenged. Lord Mount Batten had just been killed in Sligo, the W

A Journey through 'THE JOY OF LOVE’ - TV Series

This new six-part television series has also just been launched as we approach the final month of preparations for WMOF2018. The series features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski, Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland. Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on

THE OUR FATHER - A commentary by Pope Francis

I recently read a small book by Pope Francis. It is a commentary on the ‘Our Father’ entitled ‘Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer’ (Rider/Random House Publications, 2018). Like so many of his exhortations Pope Francis’ short commentary on the ‘Our Father’ connects these holy words from Jesus with the lived life of the believer. It is the simplicity of the connections which arrest the reader’s attention. It is possible to call his commentary a kind of parable, in that it challenges the reader to take a position, to commit to a response. The majesty of God, and his ineffable graciousness are the focus of the first movement of the prayer. It affirms the reality of God. So much o

SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090-1153). FEAST DAY MONDAY 20TH AUGUST

Bernard was born near Dijon, in France, in 1090, of a noble family. In 1112 he joined the new monastery at Cîteaux. This had been founded fourteen years before, in a bid to reject the laxity and riches of the Benedictine Order (as exemplified by great monasteries such as Cluny) and to return to a primitive poverty and austerity of life. Bernard arrived at Cîteaux with four of his five brothers and two dozen friends. Within three years he had been sent out to found a new monastery at Clairvaux, in Champagne, where he remained abbot for the rest of his life. By the time of his death, the Cistercian Order had grown from one house to 343, of which 68 were daughter houses of Clairvaux itself. Ber

INTERVIEW WITH FR LEON PEREIRA O.P.– CHAPLAIN TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PILGRIMS AT MEDUGORJE.

This week we are blessed to speak with Fr Leo Pereira OP who is chaplain to the English speaking pilgrims at Medugorje, the pilgrimage site in Bosnia-Herzegovina, that has been welcoming people of faith from all over the world since 1981. Fr Leo is originally from Signapore, is a former soldier, medical doctor and now ministers as a Dominican priest. Hear his fascinating story and his take on the extra-ordinary events that are happening at Medugorje – a name which means ‘between the mountains’. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/fr-leon-pereira

HOMILY FOR TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Dear friends. In these days we are all more health conscious which of course is a good thing. More and more we hear that a key part of being healthy and staying healthy is eating healthy food. The trouble is, junk food can often taste better than healthy food. Any of us who had to go on a diet will know this. Often the things that are most enticing and tempting can do us harm. Another example from science. Carbon Monoxide gas will attach itself seven times more easily to human lungs than oxygen will. But it will kill you in 10 minutes. Being healthy involves making choices: on one hand saying no to things that are tempting but do us harm and on the other saying yes to things that nourish us,

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE JOY OF LOVE

This new six-part television series has also just been launched as we approach the final month of preparations for WMOF2018. The series features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski, Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland. Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on

FEAST OF ST MAXIMILIAN KOLBE: TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST

On Tuesday falls the feast of St Maximiian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan who gave his life in Auschwitz in exchange for the life of a married father. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends' (John 15:13). Learn more about his extraordinary life from this video.

FEAST OF ST CLARE: SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST

St Clare of Assisi was the friend of St Francis and went on to found the Order of the Poor Clares. Here is a brief video on her life. Her feast day is on Saturday of this week

 
 

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