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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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FEAST OF ST DOMINIC: 8TH AUGUST

This video above tells the story of the life of St Dominic (1170-1221), founder of the Order of Preachers or better known as the Dominicans. According to those who knew him best, he was either talking with God or abut God. Saint Dominic was born into a rich, noble Spanish family. But by the time he was 21, he had sold everything he owned so that he could help feed the homeless population of Spain. The founder of the Dominic order was friends with Saint Francis Assisi. He pursued a life of humility, poverty, and obedience. When he died at the age of 51, he turned to his followers and said, “Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectivel

QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS 2

This week we continue a new feature that brings together some of the best know and most inspiration quotes from the saints of the Church. Idea: copy and paste these to include in your parish bulletin. Seven quotes for the next seven days. Another seven next week. ‘Through the Holy Spirit we are all called participators of God…we enter to form part of divine nature through participation in the Spirit…This is why the Spirit makes divine all those in which he is present’ St Athanasius, Letter to Serapion, I, 14. “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to disc

RECOGNISING OUR JEWISH ROOTS

I was pleasantly surprised recently to see two whole pages devoted to Vatican 11 in the Irish Catholic. It had seemed to me sometimes as if we had forgotten that amazing gift of God. However I was saddened also to see that the context of that great moment was omitted. The worldwide response to the election of Pope St. John XX111 was amazingly positive and (2) his decision almost immediately after to remove offensive references to the Jewish people from the Church’s liturgy and official prayers was also acknowledged as positive. The next big news – was not so universally welcomed however - this new “stop-gap” Pope, was planning to convene an ecumenical Council! Hot on the heels of that news t

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH SEAMUS BREEN

We chat this week to Seamus Breen, a young man from Ferns who has just begun his training to become a Garda. In this interview Seamus talks about the importance of his faith, his trips to Lourdes, his desire to serve and what he hopes to contribute to communities as a guardian of the peace. We wish Seamus well for this new chapter of his life and pray God's blessing upon him. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/seamus-breenmp3

HOMILY FOR EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

Dear friends. I would like to share a few thoughts this week on addiction. I do so not only because it is topical and relevant to our society today but because it is found in the Gospel story this weekend of the man who wasn’t contented with his rich harvest but wanted an even greater return the following year – a year he would never see because of his premature death. Like many addictions, his was to ‘having more’. What he had was never enough. Now when we talk about addictions, we might be tempted to think only of the big ones we hear about – addictions to alcohol, to smoking, drugs, gambling or pornography. If we do then we might be tempted to cod ourselves in thinking that addictions eff

HOMILY FOR SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

Today’s readings tell us what to pray for and how to pray. The first reading from the book of Genesis gives us a model of intercessory prayer provided by Abraham in his dialogue with God. Although Abraham seems to be trying to manipulate God through his skilful bargaining with humble and persistent intercession, God is actually being moved to mercy by the goodness of a few innocent souls. The second reading from the Letter to the Colossians does not deal with prayer directly, but it provides a basis for all Christian prayer, especially for liturgical prayer: the mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul assures us that even when we were dead in sin, God gave us new life th

QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS

This week we begin a new feature that brings together some of the best know and most inspiration quotes from the saints of the Church. Seven quotes for the next seven days. Another seven next week “We must always remind ourselves that we are pilgrims until we arrive at our heavenly homeland, and we must not let our affections delay us in the roadside inns and lands through which we pass, otherwise we will forget our destination and lose interest in our final goal.” St Ignatius Loyola “We need to train ourselves to be indifferent in our attitude to all created things, in all that is permitted to our free will and not forbidden; so that on our part, we do not set our hearts on good health rat

RALLY FOR LIFE: DUBLIN 6TH JULY 2019

On Saturday 6th July, thousands from all over the country marched in Dublin for the annual 'Rally for Life' which seeks to unite voices of the people who believe in the sacredness of human life - born and unborn. Below is a video containing the highlights of the rally. The moments are powerful gatherings of people who continue to be a voice for the voiceless and who believe the that human rights of unborn are unconditional and not conferred or take away by the State.

THE NEW JOINT OIREACHTAS HEALTH COMMITTEE ON ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION: COMMENT

It is a well worn cliché that 'Ireland is changing fast'. It might be closer to the truth to say that 'Ireland is changing too fast'. This is the inevitable conclusion one comes to after reading a new report from a joint Oireachtas health committee on assisted human reproduction. Here the Iona Institute give their reaction to scientific research that increasingly ignores any moral and ethical limits. It further devalues the unique biological relationship between parents and their children. It seems not to matter any more your Mum or Dad is, only who you call by those names. These changes are being made by politicians but the vast majority of the people are unaware of those changes or uninfor

FEAST DAY OF ST IGNATIUS LOYOLA: 31ST JULY

Wednesday 31st July is the feast day of St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Above is a video by a son of Ignatius, Fr James Martin, who tell us a little about his life and his conversion to the Lord that began while he was recovering from being wounded in battle for he was a soldier. Below is one of the most famous prayers composed by Ignatius and an article by Bishop Robert Barron who outlines his spirituality of finding God in all things. 'Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Yo

CHRISTUS VIVIT...CHRIST IS ALIVE! THE JOY OF A VOCATION

Sr Louise O’Rourke is a Sister of the Disciples of the Divine Master and lives in community in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. The following is an address to the AGM of the Foxrock branch of St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society. Reproduced here with permission. The Congregation to which I belong, the Disciples of the Divine Master was founded in 1924 by Blessed James Alberione, who also founded the Pauline Family, a Family which consists of five religious congregations including ourselves, four secular institutes and an aggregated institute. The Founder intended that as Disciples, our life of contemplative Eucharistic prayer would support the activities of the other Pauline congregations. In daily lif

SISTER MOON

The 21st July 2019 marks fifty years to the day since Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the surface of the moon. The words of Armstrong to the world as he took that first step summed up the enormity of the achievement: ‘That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind’. The first human to set foot on the moon was preceded by other achievements and firsts we can easily forget – the first time humans left the orbit of the earth, the furthest away humans have ever travelled, the first time pictures of the whole earth were taken and the first time humans went around the dark side of the moon (on earth we can only see one face of the moon). All of this was made p

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DWYER

Michael Dwyer hails from Gorey and is actively involved in community and social affairs. He is a Pro-Life activist and was involved in training people how to debate the key issues around the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment and how to defend the right to life of the unborn child. He is also Director of the Edmund Burke Institute - a movement that explores viable models for just economic progress. Michael holds a masters degree in Philosophy. His particular interests include political philosophy, the history of ideas and bioethics. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/michael-dwyermp3 From the website of the Edmund Burke Institute: www.edmundburkeinstitute.ie 'Th

HOMILY FOR SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

Today’s first reading describes how Abraham and Sarah’s hospitality to strangers was rewarded by God. In the second reading to Colossians, we see how Saint Paul suffered many hardships in preaching the Good News brought by Jesus, the same Messiah whom he had encountered on the way to Damascus. He reported that he had not only been invited to join the suffering ministry of the risen Jesus, but had also been given the insight that he was actually suffering "on behalf of His body, which is the Church." The gospel passage describes how Martha, a true child of Abraham, wanted to extend the traditional generous hospitality of her people to Jesus, the true Messiah, by preparing an elaborate meal f

FOCUS ON THE SAINTS: ST BONAVENTURE - FEAST DAY 15TH JULY

St Bonaventure (1218-1274) was born at Bagnoregio, Italy in about 1218. He became a Franciscan Friar in 1243 and studied philosophy and theology at the University of Paris. He became a famous teacher and philosopher, part of the extraordinary intellectual flowering of the 13th century. He was a friend and colleague of St Thomas Aquinas. At this time the friars were still a new and revolutionary force in the Church, and their radical embracing of poverty and rejection of institutional structures raised suspicion and opposition from many quarters. Bonaventure defended the Franciscan Order and, after he was elected general of the order in 1255, he ruled it with wisdom and prudence. He is regard

A CHILDHOOD MEMORY: OF FR PETER HENNESSY

James Joyce wrote a short story called 'The Sisters' which formed parts of his series of essays in the wonderful book The Dubliners. The story, like so much of Joyce’s work, is a combination of almost superhuman perception of so many aspects of early 20th century urban life. Joyce also explores the everyday influence of the church, an integral part of that world. Perhaps surprisingly Joyce remained sympathetic to the Irish Church, a fact reflected in his writings. The tale in question concerns the passing of Fr Flynn, an old man (for the time) of sixty-five, whose last years are spent sitting by a fire in a dark room behind a shop on Little Britain street. Joyce describes his shaking hands

WITNESS TO HOPE - ELMA WALSH, MOTHER OF DONAL WALSH

Saturday 22nd June saw the Annual Ceiliuradh Cois Life Dinner at the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin. This is an annual fundraiser for the Pro-Life campaign to help uphold the right to life of the unborn child. The speak at this year's Dinner was Elma Walsh, mother of the late Donal Walsh who gave hope to thousands of young people and taught all of us about the value and sacredness of life. In this talk, Elma continues the legacy of her son and encourages all of us to be ambassadors for the cause of all life both born and unborn. CLICK HERE TO WATCH: https://www.icatholic.ie/ceiliuradh-cois-life-elma-walsh/?jwsource=cl

BECOMING LIKE WHO WE WORSHIP

From the earliest days of Christianity, it was believed that we become like who we worship. So for example, if we worship an authoritarian god then we ourselves became authoritarian. If we worship a controlling god then we became controlling ourselves and so on. All the more reason then why the Bible places great importance on right worship and praise. The more we worship the true and living God, the more we become conformed to his image and likeness in which we were made. Here I briefly develop four aspects of the divine nature as revealed in Scripture and explore how worship of the God who is family, who is love, who is beauty and truth, leads us to become people of family, people of love,

HOMILY FOR FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

In today's Gospel, we see a Scribe ask Jesus a very basic religious question: “What should I do to inherit eternal life?” In answer to the question, Jesus directed the Scribe’s attention to the Sacred Scriptures. The scriptural answer is “love God and express it by loving your neighbour.” So Jesus told him the parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable clearly indicated that a “neighbour” is anyone who needs help. The first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy reminds us that God not only gives us His commandments in Holy Scriptures but that they are also written in our hearts so that we may obey them and inherit eternal life with God. In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that jus

 
 

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