Survey on Mass attendance

NICK’S BLOG  - CHRISTMAS 2014 I have just read an article in the English Tablet (December 13, 2014) about a survey made by Benedictine University in Springfield, IL, USA about why people are leaving the Church. They are: 1.     Disagreement with certain Church...

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Why Don’t Catholics Want to Belong?

We were giving a renewal in Westport, CT last week. During Question Time someone asked about the people leaving the Catholic Church and joining evangelical churches. It was suggested that the Catholic Church doesn't seem to want to build community or family - it is a...

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The Older Son

EMBITTERED MORALIZING - AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD FOR GOOD, FAITHFUL PERSONS In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story: Imagine a man who during his whole life is entirely...

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Article from liturgyhelp.com

Fr Richard Leonard SJ. Today's Gospel teaches us that our Christian life should be marked by five characteristics, that we: willingly share with those in need; are ready to act justly; stay alert to the presence of God in the world; guard against those people or...

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Another Good Novel

Niall Williams studied scripture under people like Raymund Brown before writing this novel on John the Evangelist. It begins on Patmos with John and a few of his disciples on the Island of Patmos during the time of  their banishment there. John is nearly a century...

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Faith by Jennifer Haigh

I was recommended to read this book by Fr Ronald Rolheiser. He chose it as one of the best reads of 2012. It is well written, and is close enough to the truth to be more a biography than a novel. It tells of the tragic consequence of the pedophile scandal in the...

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THE CONNECTICUT TRAGEDY

THE CONNECTICUT TRAGEDY Since I know many families in Connecticut, I have during the last day felt profoundly sad, since hearing the news of the hideous shooting. My prayers go out to the families concerned, but to all families who now live in fear that a similar fate...

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