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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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TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY 2020 -FEAST DAY OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS

St Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274), is acknowledged to be one of the greatest minds and thinkers in the history of the Church. At a time when the intellectual tradition of Christianity is often downplayed and subordinated to the pastoral tradition, Thomas reminds us that truth and mercy must always be kept together and not split apart. In this video, Bishop Robert Barron explains why St Thomas is a saint who is impossible to ignore for his theology and philosophy still equip the Church to dialogue with science and with fulfil her mission. CLICK HERE TO WATCH:

FEAST OF ST AIDAN - PATRON SAINT OF THE DIOCESE OF FERNS AND CO-PATRON SAINT OF THE HOOK OF FAITH

Aidan was born near Bawnboy in County Cavan, around 550 AD. Both his parents were of noble origin. Before his arrival, they longed for a child as they prayed, gave alms a made regular visits to the monastery at Drumlane near Belturbet in Cavan to ask the intercession of the monks. From an early age, Aidan was placed under the guidance of St Killian for all his education as he grew in grace, holiness and wisdom. He loved nature and animals. As a small boy, Aidan was held as a hostage by the High King of Ireland, Áedh MacAinmuirech, probably to insure the loyalty of his family. When he was released, Aidan studied to become a monk under St Finnian of Clonard. Eventually, Aidan is said to have g

SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2020 - THE FEAST OF ST BRIGID, SECONDARY PATRON OF IRELAND

This coming Saturday, 1st February is the feast of St Brigid, the secondary patron of Ireland. St Brigid was known for her charity and mercy which she placed at the heart of the Church. The earliest surviving legend of Brigit was written by the Kildare monk Cogitosus (c. 620-680), within 150 years of her death. In his account, Brigid is portrayed consistently as compassionate and merciful. She is a woman of charity ‘to the poor and to wayfarers…having given all away to the poor’. On one occasion when a man had suffered a grave injustice we are told she was ‘moved with pity…filled with deep grief for the unfortunate man who had been unfairly condemned’. Cogitosus speaks of ‘the excellence o

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD

In his Apostolic Letter of 30 September 2019, Aperuit illis, Pope Francis established the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as the ‘Sunday of the Word of God’. It is a day devoted to the celebration, study, and spreading of the Word of God. Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory, has written a pastoral letter, Opening the Way to the Scriptures, to mark ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ in the Diocese of Ossory. Here is Bishop Farrell's Pastoral Letter: Opening the Way to the Scriptures - Introduction In the renewal of the Church at the Second Vatican Council, the Council realised anew that the People of God receive the Body of Christ both at the table of the Eucharist and at the table of the Word

THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW -'FAITHCAST' WITH MIRIAM MC CABE ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2020

Faithcast is the weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news from the Catholic Church in Ireland. Episode 70 of Faithcast features an interview with Miriam McCabe on Catholic Schools Week 2020. Miriam is a Teacher and Principal. She is currently on secondment to the CPSMA and is one of the writing team for this year’s CSW resources. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fposts%2F7485044-faithcast-episode-70&data=02%7C01%7C%7C555c36793138402783ab08d79f5eeb25%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C63

CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND WHY IT MATTERS

This week is Catholic Schools Week (26th Jan.-2nd Feb.), an annual week of celebration and reflection on the value of a Catholic Education. Catholic Schools Week takes place at a time when the ongoing involvement of the Church in the education of young people is continually being called into question. Very often the debate is reduced to the issue of control. The Catholic Church is portrayed as keen to keep control with as many schools as possible and reluctant to surrender patronage. While many Church leaders have agreed that the school system needs to reflect the greater plurality of faiths and cultures that now exist in modern Ireland, it is worth bearing some important points in mind – po

HOMILY FOR THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (A)

Dear friends. Yesterday, we completed the annual week of prayer for Christians unity that is celebrated every January from 18th to 25th of the month. For most of us, we think of Christian unity mainly in terms of unity between Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals and other denominations. This aspect of unity is certainly important. Here in Enniscorthy, there are very good relations between all our Churches which is celebrated annually with occasions like our Parish Walk and the monthly Taize prayer meetings. However, Christian unity week reminds us that Christian unity is about much more than this. It is about every Christian being jointly responsible for the unity of the family that is the

HOMILY FOR SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (A)

Dear friends. In this homily, I feel the need to acknowledge the death this week of seventeen year old Keane Mulready-Woods, the child from Drogheda who was brutally killed and whose body was mutilated. Every week in Ireland, it seems there is someone murdered, so this week was no different. Yet what is different in this case is the age of the victim and the level of inhumanity we saw. You could not help but think that our country has sunk to a new low in its disrespect for human life. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying everyone is evil or that our culture is all bad. I believe there is more good than bad, that there are so many good people around and that hope will triumph over despair

ST FRANCES DE SALES AND OUR BATTLE WITH ADDICTION

On 24th January the Church honours a saint who deserves to be better known for his immense wisdom and practical insights that retain their relevance almost four hundred years after his death. St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was renowned as a pastor, spiritual director and eloquent preacher. Though his spirituality flowed from a prayerful heart united to God yet his guidance as a pastor of souls retains an attractive practical side that is fresh and compelling today. One example of this applied wisdom is found in his ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ where touches on a dynamic of conversion that speaks to all of us who battle with addictions of any kind. In this timeless classic, St Francis t

EXPLORING CHRISTIAN IDENTITY WITH THE RITE OF BAPTISM

All Christian denominations share the sacrament of baptism, the door of the spiritual life and gateway to the other sacraments. In this podcast, Fr Billy Swan explores the rite of baptism and how reflection on what happened on the day we were baptised can lead us deeper into an appreciation of who we are today. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://radiomariaie-my.sharepoint.com/personal/aidan_radiomaria_ie/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?id=%2Fpersonal%2Faidan%5Fradiomaria%5Fie%2FDocuments%2FAttachments%2F2020%2001%2015%20%2D%20The%20Radio%20Maria%20Breakfast%20Show%2EMP3&parent=%2Fpersonal%2Faidan%5Fradiomaria%5Fie%2FDocuments%2FAttachments&originalPath=aHR0cHM6Ly9yYWRpb21hcmlhaWUtbXkuc2hhcmVwb2ludC5jb2

CIVILITY IN A CULTURE OF CONTEMPT

There is an increasing awareness that Christian Unity week is much more than about the unity between Protestants and Catholics. There is something more basic and fundamental at stake. Questions are emerging about how we can have an honest debate and explore differences between us - whether those differences be political, religious, cultural or ethnic. In a time of pluralism and rapid change, the challenge for our society is how to maintain civility while avoiding a culture of contempt. In this excellent presentation, Dr Arthur Brooks gives a talk and offers advice on how this might happen. He is speaking as an American and in the American context that has seen much polarisation in recent yea

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK - 18TH TO 25TH JANUARY 2020. AN INTERVIEW WITH FR JAMES MURPHY

Every year, the Church marks Christian Unity Week from 18th to 25th January. In our interview this week, we speak with Fr James Murphy, Parish Priest of Tagoat/Rosslare Strand, who is the co-chair of the Ecumenical Group here in the diocese of Ferns. He is also the homilist at the ecumenical service in St Iberius' Church, Wexford, this coming Sunday 19th January at 7.30pm. Here Fr James talks about his work in ecumenism, the call for unity among Christians that extends to every week, the importance of a united witness to faith in secular times and much more. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/fr-james-murphymp3

RADIO MARIA BREAKFAST SHOW PODCAST ON BAPTISM

Below is a link to the Radio Maria website where you can listen to a podcast of the breakfast show on Wednesday 8TH January hosted by Fr Billy Swan on the meaning of baptism. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.radiomaria.ie%2Fpodcast-the-fr-m-n-m-breakfast-show-with-fr-maurice-and-fr-marius%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ccd93f0c624a84efd086808d7952b632d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637141885883914042&sdata=b6HC6x8Od3OdBlHA073pCr1TFVtAWgjyi1EMz7p%2BgCU%3D&reserved=0

THE MISSION OF MY LIFE

A commentary on St John Henry Newman's 'The Mission of My Life' - a mission that we received on the day we were baptised. ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service’. God created you and I intentionally and has blessed us with a unique set of gifts and talents that he wants us to use for some service or good. So never think that you are just a product of evolution, less talented than others or devoid of any gifts. You are wanted, willed and have a combination of gifts that the world needs. This intentional creating of us is closely linked to love. God has created us in love and because of love he calls us to do him some definitive service. This is how it was with St Peter. First cam

WHAT IS MY VOCATION?

There was a time when we might have thought that only priests and nuns had vocations. The Second Vatican Council corrected that when it insisted that all the baptised have a vocation and that all Christians are called to holiness of life. For many people, the question that begs to be asked is not whether they have a vocation but what is that vocation that God has given me? Am I being called to the single life, married life, priesthood, religious life or what? For many of us this question burns within our minds in more subtle ways. What is the meaning and purpose of my life now that I am older or in poor health? I used to have a sharper sense of my vocation as a father or mother when my child

THE GIFT OF BAPTISM AND OUR SEARCH FOR MEANING

Each time the Church celebrates the feast of the Lord’s baptism at the end of the Christmas season, my mind returns to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I made a few years ago. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the banks of the River Jordan, to where Jesus was baptised by John all those years ago. During our visit to the Jordan, we renewed our baptismal promises. It was a very memorable and spiritual experience that brought home to me a number of important truths about who I am as a baptised Christian. Here I would like to single out just one of those truths that is truly good news for everyone who has been immersed in the waters of baptism. Because of our baptism, our lives have

HOMILY FOR FEAST OF THE LORD'S BAPTISM (A)

Dear friends. I recently watched the film ‘Silence’ directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the true story of Jesuit missionary priests who go to Japan in the 17th century only to find a brutal persecution of the Church in full swing. Although the focus of the film is on the priests, the real heroes are lay people who rejoice when the priests arrive and refuse to deny their faith in Jesus despite the terrible suffering they endured at the hands of the authorities. The faith of these people really challenges us and raises big questions. If Christianity was banned under pain of death in this country as it was in Japan at that time, would we want to be baptised? Would we stay committed to o

HOMILY FOR SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

Dear friends. There is a story told of a chicken and a pig who were taking a walk one day when they saw an appeal for food being made in their local village for people who were starving. ‘We have to do something to help’ said the pig. ‘I agree’ said the chicken. ‘I suggest that we give some food: I will give some eggs and maybe you will give some bacon’. The pig hesitated for a moment and then responded: ‘wait a minute – for you this would be a contribution but for me it would be a big sacrifice!’ On this Sunday before Christmas ends and as we prepare to get back to work and school this week, the readings at Mass today continue to invite us to reflect on the mystery of what Christmas is all

'THE HEART HAS REASONS THAT REASON DOESN'T KNOW'

I have been thinking about the above famous saying of Pascal for quite a long time in the context of the dominance of a scientific worldview that now pervades almost every aspect of modern life and thought. But, on further reflection, the problem today is not so much science as such but stems from the viewpoint of those who have turned science into an ideology i.e “ scientism”: the belief that the scientific methodology is capable of answering all of life’s questions along with the conviction that any questions that don’t yield to this methodology simply do not exist. So out go God and religion, being classified as a “delusion” (Richard Dawkins). One man who vehemently disagreed with this wa

THREE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

With the new year already under way, many of us will make resolutions. Some of us will pledge to exercise more, lose weight, or pick up new habits. But what spiritual resolutions should we make for 2020? In this short episode of the 'Word on Fire Show', Bishop Barron offers three suggestions - THAT WE PRAY MORE, FORGIVE OUR ENEMIES AND COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://wordonfireshow.com/episode212/

 
 

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