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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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THE THIRD WAY

In the recent RTE documentary ‘Divorcing God’, comedian Oliver Callan visited the parish of his childhood and remembered his time there. In the Church, he recalled that as a gay man he never felt condemned from the altar but by the same token, homosexuality was never mentioned or even alluded to which for him ‘was even worse’. It would be easy for our Church to just ignore the Pride march in Dublin this weekend. Best not to mention it. But this looking the other way only exasperates the problem of alienation which we as Church are called to heal and bridge. Hence, this weekend seems like a good opportunity to bring your attention to a moving video called ‘The Third Way’ which tells the story

THE LIFE OF ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT

Saint Oliver Plunkett (1625 – 1681) was the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. Oliver Plunkett was born on 1 November 1625 in Loughcrew, County Meath to well-to-do parents. As an aspirant to the priesthood he set out for Rome in 1647, under the care of Father Pierfrancesco Scarampi of the Roman Oratory. At this time the Irish Confederate Wars were raging in Ireland; these were essentially conflicts between native Irish Catholics, English and Irish Anglicans and Protestants. Scarampi was the Papal envoy to the Catholic movement known as the Confederation of Ireland. Many of Plunkett's relatives were involved in this organisation. He was admitted to the Irish College in

‘PUT GOD FIRST’: THE ADDRESS TO COLLEGE GRADUATES BY ACTOR DENZEL WASHINGTON

What would you say if you were asked to address a group of high-powered College students who were graduating with the world at their feet? Would you focus on success, achievements and staying on top of things in a competitive world? You might think that this was the line of encouragement taken by the actor Denzel Washington when he was asked to address a group of College graduates at Dillard University, New Orleans in America. Instead, he asked the students to ‘put God first’ and ‘Fail big’. He had the courage to give them a message contrary to what they were used to hearing that says – ‘Put yourself first’ and ‘Succeed hard’. He added that everything he has accomplished in this life was due

THE FALSE GOD OF ABSOLUTE FREEDOM

On 24th April 2005, I had the privilege of being in St Peter’s Square in Rome for the inaugural mass of the now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. His homily that day was interrupted several times by applause but especially after he spoke the following words towards the end: ‘Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? ….Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? … No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation’. I remember joining in that sustained appla

HOMILY FOR THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

In the First Reading (1Kings 19:16, 19-21) we are told of the prophet Elijah and his successor. Prophecy in our ordinary understanding is about foretelling the future. However, in the Bible that is not how it is understood. Rather a prophet in the OT is one who speaks on behalf of God; he is God’s spokesperson. He is called to proclaim God’s will and to ensure that God’s people remain faithful to the Covenant and Law proclaimed by God on Mt Sinai. The four most important prophets among the Jewish people were: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. Now, in fulfilling their role as God’s representatives it is no surprise to read that the prophets were often called to proclaim a message that was

TEN PRINCIPLES FOR BELIEVERS TRAVELLING THE DIGITAL HIGHWAY

The recent trial that convicted two teenage boys of the murder of school girl Ana Kreigel in Dublin, has raised disturbing questions about the influence of internet pornography and violence on our culture. To mark World Communications Day 2019, a seminar was held May 29th, 2019, in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, entitled: ‘Believers in the Digital World: Opportunities for Mission’. The key note speaker was Archbishop Eamon Martin. During that talk he outlined ten principles for believers travelling the digital highway so that respect prevails and human beings communicate in a humane way. Here are those ten principles that are followed by a prayer to protect us from the evils of the net

PRIESTS, HOLINESS AND IMPERFECTION

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated on 28th June, is also World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. For those who are not priests, it is an invitation to pray for us who are. For this, we beg you - that our faith may not fail and that we may be shepherds after the loving heart of Jesus himself. For those of us who are priests, it is a renewed summons to holiness that we share with all our brothers and sisters in the Church (cf. 1 Peter 2:9; Lumen Gentium, 39-42). It is also a reminder to us to be examples of holiness as men of God and to lead others to holiness of life as spiritual fathers and pastors. But what precisely does priestly holiness look like? What i

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON ON THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST AS REAL PRESENCE

At the heart of our celebration of Corpus Christi is our faith that Christ is really and truly present in the Eucharist – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Here Bishop Robert Barron teaches how this faith in rooted in Scripture in general and in the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel in particular.

HOMILY FOR FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI (C1)

As you will know the words ‘Corpus Christi’ mean ‘the Body of Christ’. So you might be inclined to ask: Why have a feast about the Body of Christ, when every Mass celebrates and makes present that Body of Christ on the altar to be adored and shared by the congregation as they celebrate the Eucharist? The answer is to be found in the history of this Feast. This Feast was first celebrated back in the 13th century, that is, about 800 years ago. It seems that at that time some doubts were emerging in the Church about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. These seem to have been fostered by the way the Mass was celebrated in those days. The faithful were finding participation in the Mass

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW ON 'DIVORCING GOD': A RESPONSE

Last Wednesday week, 12th June, a documentary called 'Divorcing God' was aired on RTE and was presented by Oliver Callan. It explored the new Ireland that has become more secular and less religious and asked the question of how we are faring as we seem to be slowly divorcing God. Here Sean O'Leary caught up with Fr Billy Swan to discuss the main points of this important documentary. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/on-divorcing-godmp3

FEAST OF THE IRISH MARTYRS OF THE 16th and 17th CENTURIES - 2OTH JUNE 2019

In 1992, St John Paul II proclaimed a representative group from Ireland as martyrs and beatified them. These included the Dublin martyrs: Blessed Francis and his Godmother Blessed Margaret Ball. The canonisation of Oliver Plunkett in 1975 brought an awareness of the other men and women who died for the Catholic faith in the 16th and 17th centuries. The word ‘martyr’ comes from a Greek word meaning “witness”. In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter, speaking to those in Jerusalem at Pentecost, claimed he and all the apostles were “martyrs” i.e. witnesses, in this case to Jesus’s resurrection. Later the word came to mean a person who followed the example of Christ and gave up their lives rather tha

ON BEING A CHRISTIAN FATHER

A few weeks ago, I went to the cinema to watch the film ‘Rocketman’ which tells the story of the life of Elton John. The film – which was endorsed by the man himself – concentrates mainly on his early life as a boy and later how he struggled to handle fame when it came along. Central to the story of his childhood and youth is his relationship with his father. Mr Dwight is portrayed in the film as emotionally distant from his son, cold and lacking pride in his son’s talents and achievements. The father’s lack of interest clearly hurt the young Elton as did his leaving home for good without saying goodbye. The film brings out one important fact – that whatever relationship we had or have with

HOMILY FOR FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

The Feast we celebrate today is not one that was (or is) celebrated in the Jewish faith. In their faith the Jewish people focus on, praise and thank God the Father of his people. For them God is the almighty Father who loves his people as a community and as individual children whom he has created. God the Father stands alone. For us Christians, this core belief of the Jewish faith is also central in our faith but in our faith in God we go much further. The Mystery of the Trinity summarises our belief in and understanding of God. We believe there are three Persons in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and yet God is one. These three Persons aren’t three separate Gods but together are for us

REJOICING IN A NEW DAY

'Rejoice in all that is given to you so freely. Another day under my protection. Breathe in the joy of all that surrounds you. Be glad in your home and family. Celebrate your life. Your lived sense of place. All of it surrounds you with pointers and memories of my love for you. Go out into the Spring air. My world awakes.my promise of resurrection shines out from every shrub and new born leaf. They all whisper..... This is your beginning. This day, right now, start again in my strength and inspiration. Yes, look around your blessed life. Love it all. Watch it's blossoming anew. A new day. Make the most of my light and sunshine through these winter moments. Pay attention. Open your eyes an

POPE FRANCIS' LATEST TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The following is Pope Francis’ intervention at the meeting “Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering and Policy” organized by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences and held at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican on 27th May 2019 Ladies and Gentlemen, I extend a cordial welcome to each of you here: the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Ministers of Finance from various nations. I am grateful that you have come to the Vatican to discuss an issue of great importance for humanity and the whole of creation. We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given precedence over the

THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN

The name J.R.R. Tolkien may not be a household name but he is certainly one of the most brilliant writers of English literature of the 20th century. He is best known for his works ‘The Hobbitt’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ which were both made into films, the latter being a blockbuster trilogy that appeared in cinemas in the early years of the new millennium. A more recent film - ‘Tolkien’, portrayed the story of his life that began in South Africa in 1892 and ended in England in 1973. In that eventful life, he became orphaned when he was 12, fought for the Allies during the Great War and eventually became Professor of English in Oxford University during which time he wrote ‘The Hobbitt’ and ‘Lor

 
 

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