Homily for Ash Wednesday 2021

Homily for Ash Wednesday 2021

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1) What Jesus is asking of us...

Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2021

This story of the cure of a leper is really a parable. Parables are stories that are seemingly about one thing but are really about something else. (Mark 4:11) So here, a man with a skin disease...

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 2021

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 2021

‘John preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” (Mark 1:7) This is followed by a description of Jesus’ baptism...

Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 2020

Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 2020

‘While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them...

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020

Today we celebrate the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. We celebrate her because of her son, who is our Lord Jesus Christ. This feast reminds that we do not just appear out of nowhere. Behind...

Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year B) 2020

Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year B) 2020

‘The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” — “a voice of one...

Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints 2020

Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints 2020

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. These are those who took seriously what Jesus taught. Today’s Gospel begins Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It opens: ‘This is what he taught them: “...

In the Goodness of God: A Memoir by Dom Kevin

In the Goodness of God: A Memoir by Dom Kevin

Dom Kevin O’Farrell (1919-2006) was a Cistercian monk of lowly background, who became a leader of remarkable foresight. Having lived as an ordinary monk for twenty years, he was elected the first...

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring 2020 Newsletter

In this time of Pandemic  / Stay at home news  / Novices  / Dom Eugene Boylan  / Fr Nivard’s Logbook  / Fr Jeremiah O’Flynn  / From Roscrea to Beagle Bay/ Library Notes...

Homily for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

Homily for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

Tell me now, which of these two sons did the will of his father?” They answered him, “The first one.” Jesus said, “You’re right. For many sinners, tax collectors, and prostitutes are going into God’s...

Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

“But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) Much is made of Peter’s answer: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:17), and of Jesus’ response to his profession of faith: “...

Homily for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

Homily for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 2020

“The Kingdom of heaven may be compared to man who sowed good seed in his field.’ (Matthew 13:24) Last week we also heard of a man going out to sow. Then we heard that not all of the seed sown bears...

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