Reflections & Homilies

Reflections, sermons and homilies.

Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin at Adoremus Conference Mass

Archbishop Eamon Martin preached on Saturday at Mass for the Adoremus Conference held in the National Marian Shrine, Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo. The full text of his homily follows.


In adoration you draw life from the Eucharist … Receiving the Eucharist is a deep expression of our being in c...

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Trinity Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 16 April

Abraham and Three Angels - Chagall

Psalm 8, which is used as the Responsorial psalm on Trinity Sunday reminds us in clear terms that human relationship with God is not one of equality, but nor is it that of a lowly servant:

'You have made him (US) little less than the angels, and crowned him (US) with glory and honour. You have given him (US) rule over the works of your hands, ...

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Text: Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Thy Kingdom Come


Cardinal Vincent Nichols gave the following address to the crowds at Thy Kingdom Come in Trafalgar Square yesterday, Pentecost Sunday.

Many years ago I used to enjoy walking in the Peak District, in Derbyshire. It is limestone country, so there is little surface water. Yet the countryside is marked by flowers, clumps of trees and considerable vegetation. One day as I recall, afte...

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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit brings harmony

Vatican Media - 2017

Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in St Peter's Square, on the feast of Pentecost lamenting divisions and urging believers to open their hearts to the Holy Spirit who brings harmony and unity. The Pope called on the faithful to implore the gift of the Spirit that makes us artisans of concord, sowers of goodness, apostles of hope.

Reflecting on the liturgy of the day, Pope Francis explaine...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - Pentecost Sunday

'If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate* to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.' (Jn 14: 15-17)

There are several words, which sum up Pentecost for me, Loving Presence, Teach and Learn, Mission in Forgiveness and Love! You will find them scattered throughout our readings either directly or by allusion, but these...

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The Pope Video: June 2019 - Parish Priests

Let us draw near to one of the many parish priests who work in our communities. What gives meaning to his life? Whom does he serve? Why does he give so much of himself? Jesus Christ is the centre of his life, and he wants to imitate his lifestyle. It's not easy to live "Gospel simplicity," understanding and doing all things under the sign of mercy, near to those who are poorest.

"I would ...

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Pax Christi Reflection for 7th Sunday of Easter - 2 June

St Stephen arrested - Giotto

To be won over by Christ's Gospel of peace

'The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul.' Thus, with a little stroke of the pen, Luke sets up the whole of what is to follow in the life of St Paul (the major theme of the second half of the Acts of the Apostles). It's a shame the lectionary misses out the next chilling verse - 'Saul approved of the killing' -...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons 2 June 2019

St Seraphim of Sarov from

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Once we get to the feast of the Ascension I feel that at last I am walking on a familiar path, the landmarks and signposts of faith are that much clearer-put it this way, I wasn't with him in his ministry, not at that last supper, or passion, or death, as yet I haven't met the risen Lord in the ways in which he appeared to his disciples, like you I belong to those...

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Novena to St Anthony 2019

St Anthony, Saint of Miracles - Yesterday, Today, Always. From today, 31 May to 12 June Fr Mario Conte, editorial director of the Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine, and one of the 52 friars who minister in the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy, will present 13 stories and reflections. They are true stories which were told to the friars in the Basilica of St Anthony by those who exper...

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Thy Kingdom Come - Day 1

This series of daily reflections between Ascension and Pentecost start today. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

To register go and sign up to receive the daily email. Each day of Thy Kingdom Come, there will be an invitation to view very short videos w...

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Pope Francis: Sin ages the soul, the Spirit keeps it young

"Sadness is not a Christian attitude." Pope Francis said during Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta. Reflecting on the day's Gospel , he said it is possible to overcome the difficulties of life with the support and closeness of the Holy Spirit.

Commenting on Jesus' words to the disciples before going to Heaven, the Pope said He gives us a true catechesis on the Holy Spirit.

The di...

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Ireland: Archbishop encourages Church to use 'more joyful language'

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrated Mass yesterday at the National Marian Shrine, Knock in Co Mayo yesterday, for the 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer initiative.

During his homily, Archbishop Martin said: "I ask you to think of five people and pray that their lives may be touched by the power of the Holy Spirit and that the love of Christ may really take root in their hearts."

".. In tod...

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Watch the Angelus from Nazareth

On the occasion of the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Franciscans who look after the churches throughout the Holy Land share with us the prayer of the Angelus in the grotto of the Annunciation. Every day at midday the Franciscans that care of the house of the Virgin, remember with this prayer the moment of Mary's "Yes" in the place where "the Word became flesh".


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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 26 May 2019

Jesus rescues Peter from drowning - Lorenzo Veneziano

Sixth Sunday after Easter

Anxiety is such a debilitating emotion isn't it? I am extremely supportive of anybody who is anxious in any way, particularly those of us who suffer from the appalling experiences of 'panic attacks', as you might guess I have had them, not as often as at one time in my past, but I know them for the destructive, terrifying experiences they can be. I used to be ver...

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