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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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LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF

A woman who suffered from nerves asked the doctor if her nerves could be fatal. ‘Not a chance’ he replied, ‘but they will kill whoever has to live with you.’ Twice in my life I came to close to having a nervous breakdown, the first was back in the seventies while I was still in college. This Sunday’s Gospel reading today always brings me right back to that period. There was no external crisis going on that I can remember but it was a time of feeling lost, helpless and confused, so bad in fact that I was very close to leaving. It wasn’t because I wanted to leave but rather my inner world was collapsing and I was in turmoil. I truly didn’t know where to turn or who to turn to. Even prayer didn

DEALING WITH ANGER

By Fr Jim Cogley There was a lot of legitimate anger around in Jesus day; anger at the Roman occupation, anger at poverty and injustice, anger at a corrupt religious system. Jesus expressed his own anger at the latter when he overturned the money changers tables in the Temple. Still he rebuked his disciples for anger directed towards revenge. Wanting to pass through a Samaritan town they rejected Jesus and his disciples James and John were furious and wanted to bring down fire from heaven to burn them up. In that kind of anger there is always judgment that excludes love. In speaking or acting with anger the message is immediately lost and all that is heard is the anger. To speak the truth in

EVANGELISING IRISH CULTURE - 'MISSION AND MUSIC'

On Thursday 15th October, Steve Warner and his team gave us a wonderful presentation on the theme of 'Music and Mission'. If you missed, here is your chance to view the main input and the Q and A afterwards. We would like to thank Steve for his work and ministry and that of his team at University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin. CLICK HERE TO WATCH MAIN INPUT: CLICK HERE TO WATCH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

FEAST DAY OF SAINTS SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES: WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2020

Simon was one of the twelve apostles and is distinct from Simon Peter, the leader of the twelve. Zealots were a rebellious group within Judaism at the time of Jesus who campaigned for the political liberation of Palestine from Roman rule by force if necessary. Many of them were brutally executed by the Romans for their efforts. Perhaps the equivalent in political terms today would be dissident republicans who see themselves as the inheritors of pursuing political change by force and by violent means. The conversion of Simon from this Marxist mission is a sign of hope for all who try to force change by violence, even though their cause might be just. Jesus showed Simon as he continues to sho

PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM

By Msgr. Joe McGrath Due to 800 years of suppression and domination by an outside power and the presentation of the history of that period almost exclusively in terms of armed resistance, PATRIOTISM in the Irish mind has been narrowed down to mean engaging in a physical struggle for national freedom. Consequently most of our national commemorations deal exclusively with patriotism at that level. And it is quite correct that we continue to do so because the freedom we enjoy today is due to the ultimate sacrifices made by those on whose shoulders we stand. As the years go by and each new generation is further distanced from those events of our recent history, the sense of connectedness is much

'KEEP HEART, BE HEART, GIVE HEART' - A PASTORAL LETTER BY BISHOP DENIS BRENNAN

Bishop Denis wrote to all the faithful in his diocese during the week with the release of a pastoral letter of encouragement and urging us not to lose heart in challenging times. 1. Few, if any, are isolated from its damaging effects. None of this will be easily, or indeed, soon forgotten. Virtually every aspect of life today has been upset by the coronavirus - from worship to learning, trade to recreation, travel to planning - all is adversely affected. Coronavirus has seriously stopped us in our tracks and it has unnerved us greatly. What in many instances heretofore, was natural, normal or second nature now comes with a health warning - forbidden, dangerous, restricted or suspended. With

HOMILY FOR THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (A)

By Fr Chris Hayden One of the most famous martyrs of modern times was the Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Born in 1906, he was hanged only two weeks before the Allies liberated the Nazi camp in which he was being held, and just three weeks before the suicide of Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was a clergyman and an eminent theologian. He had been imprisoned for criticizing Hitler’s euthanasia programme and his persecution – his genocide – of the Jews. It was also alleged that Bonhoeffer had been involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Bonhoeffer used to say that it wasn’t only his task to look after the victims of madmen who drove a car in a crowded street, but to do everything in his power

NEWSLETTER INSERT - ON LOVING GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOUR

In the Gospel this Sunday, the Lord Jesus takes us back to the fundamentals of our faith as loving God and our neighbour. Here is a beautiful reflection by St Clare on this theme. “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God's compassionate love for others.” St Clare of Assisi

WHAT IS ESSENTIAL, NON-ESSENTIAL AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM

By Fr Billy Swan At Mass every Sunday, the prayers of intercession offered by each church community ought to include intentions for our government and civic leaders (see General Instruction of Roman Missal, para. 70). If there was a time when this was important, then it was surely last weekend when the government had the unenviable task of deciding to take NEPHET’s advice and move the country into Level 5 of lockdown to try and suppress the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. As part of that plan to move to Level 5, the government drew up a list of what essential services and retail outlets could remain open for the next six weeks. And so for example, as published on the governm

WHERE IS HOME?

By Fr Jim Cogley The longing to have a home and be at home is universal. Homelesness is one of the foremost ills in our society. Yet coming home and feeling at home goes way beyond having a physical roof over our heads. This involves coming home to our selves and feeling at home with who we really are. Often our inner discontent becomes projected onto our surroundings or community. So we foolishly think that to change the physical landscape and move to a new location will solve our inner discontent. Certainly the moving will create a distraction from our inner pain but sooner rather than later we discover that what we thought we had left behind is still looking at us straight in the mirror.

WHAT DO EUTHANASIA CAMPAIGNERS MEAN BY 'UNBEARABLE SUFFERING'?

By Dr Angelo Bottone, Iona Institute The assisted suicide Bill currently before the Dail is being justified on the grounds that no-one should have to suffer ‘unbearable pain’.  But this concept is extremely elastic and can and has been interpreted in the most extensive manner in order jurisdictions to include even ailments absolutely commonplace in old age, as this blog will show. Unbearable pain is often presented as a reason to justify doctor assisted suicide but what counts as ‘unbearable’? Obviously, there is no scientific demarcation. What is deemed unbearable is, by definition, highly subjective as we all have a capacity to bear suffering. Moreover, should pain be only physical or incl

'DO NOT LOSE HEART' - A MESSAGE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Do not lose heart – a message in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic the people of Ireland have endured testing times with courage, resilience, and compassion. Individuals and communities have made great sacrifices for the protection of life, health and the Common Good.  Like many others, the Church has endeavoured to support the people of Ireland, north and south, in the face of considerable uncertainty and disruption. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our priests and to the many volunteers whose continued dedication has ensured that our churches have remained very safe places to gather for Mass and t

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY - 18TH OCTOBER 2020

In basic terms, World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of missionaries can continue. It always falls over the second last weekend in October, and similar to the Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land and Peter’s Pence, it is one of three yearly Universal Church collections. Since its announcement as a papal collection, all parishes worldwide have offered Mass collections from the day to aid the work of missionaries and mission overseas. Many are surprised to know that World Mission Sunday collections take place in every single parish where the Church is present. This includes not only Ireland and acros

FEAST DAY OF ST POPE JOHN PAUL II - THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2020

ST JOHN PAUL II AND THE MAGNA ANIMA By Fr Billy Swan When we contemplate the life of Jesus of Nazareth and his life changing message, one idea keeps appearing - namely the contrast between having a pusilla anima and a magna anima. Briefly, the pusilla anima is a smallness of soul that results from living within the confines of our own needs and desires and that prevent us from seeing much beyond that. In contrast, the magna anima is a soul that has been expanded and stretched by the love of God and the vision of the Gospel to make space for everyone. This is the soul that surrenders itself to God’s will and dares to dream bigger and higher about who God wants us to become. The one with a mag

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (MISSION SUNDAY)

By Fr Chris Hayden Today is Mission Sunday, a day when we’re invited to reflect on the fact that our Church is a missionary church. We’re used to the idea that mission is about going somewhere far away, to bring the message of Christ and to make that message of love concrete through health, education and various other kinds of assistance. All of that is correct, but there’s more to mission that just what happens abroad. Think about the first four letters of the world ‘mission’: M-I-S-S. Those same letters are in the word that describes the very last thing that happens at every Mass: the dis-MISS-al. That little syllable, miss, is a close cousin of the word Mass. Which is to say that what we

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH MR. LORCAN BRENNAN

This week, we caught up with Lorcan Brennan who is a frequent contributor to 'The Hook of Faith'. In this interview, Lorcan talks about his new book 'SOUL PURPOSE' that is now on sale. He also talks about how the book came about and what he hopes the book will achieve. He also shares his hopes for everyone at this challenging time. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-163044907/interview-with-lorcan-brennanmp3 Lorcan's new book is on sale at the parish office, St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy.

NEWSLETTER INSERT FOR MISSION SUNDAY

We continue with our series of newsletter inserts that expand on the theme of the Sunday readings. For this Mission Sunday (18th October) we have a pivotal extract from Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation 'The Joy of the Gospel'. 'The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19)....An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering fl

CHRISTIAN MISSION AND SCIENCE

By Sean O'Leary The third conference in the series on 'EVANGELISING IRISH CULTURE TODAY' was led by Dr Sean O' Leary - a Wexford based scientist and educationalist who gave us a wonderful reflection on 'MISSION AND SCIENCE'. Below is the text of his presentation. In today’s world, the challenge of believing in God might possibly result from a certain cognitive disconnect: the origins of humanity and the universe itself that religion talks most about ‘appears’ to conflict with the modern sense of how the world operates, as proposed by those who only value scientific discovery. Once we realise that a harmonious narrative of ‘science & faith’ can be challenging for people, then we have to work

 
 

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