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 The audio is here . “Many are called but few are chosen.”    Are we to take this statement literally?    What does our Lord mean?    Are there those who are doomed to be excluded from Heaven?    Why can’t everyone but the worst people go there?    Surely m...

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MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN: A homily for the Twenty-Eight Sunday in Year A (Matthew 22:1–14)
 The audio is here. “Many are called but few
are chosen.”   Are we to take this
statement literally?   What does our
Lord mean?   Are there those who are
doomed to be excluded from Heaven?   Why can’t everyone but the worst people go there?   Surely most pe...

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REPENT AND OBEY a homily for the 26th Sunday in Year A
Think for a moment how much advertising we are subject
to.   Chances are it is only the
more obvious stuff that we notice.   We are the objects not just of attempts to get us to buy more, but of
attempts to get us to think in certain ways.   Modern psycholo...

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CALLED TO LABOUR FOR THE LORD a homily for the 25th Sunday in Year A.
At one point my father was his own shop steward.   My dad always paid his union dues and
so did my mother.   My house was not
only very republican in outlook it was also very pro-union while also being
very Catholic.   So reading this
passage always riles m...

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SAN DAMIANO CRUCIFIX
This crucifix is based on the one that spoke to St Francis and so was at the very birth of the Franciscan movement.  The original is over two metres high.  I made this one for the oratory of Coolmine Community School.  I began it in 2006 and have only finis...

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FOTA X: session III
There was only one talk on Sunday afternoon (one of the speakers is unwell) and it was worth waiting for.  Fr Mark Withoos, an Australian, spoke on 'ad audiendum silentium narrationis eius' (Ep 147): Silence and Liturgy in St. Augustine.  I make the same pr...

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FOTA X: Session II, talk ii
After Fr Böhler's talk and a brief break we came back to hear Fr Johannes Nebel on The Paradigmatic Change of the Post Conciliar Liturgical Reform from actio to celebrate in the Light of the Latin Fathers.    I begin again by reminding any reader that this ...

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FOTA X: Session II, talk i
This afternoon we began with Fr Dieter Böhler SJ (see not all Jesuits are enemies of the Church as some are claiming!) who spoke on Jerome and the Recent Revision of the German Einheitsübersetzung Bible.  Please note again that this is not a verbatim report...

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FOTA X: First session, talk II
For our second talk of the morning, refreshed by our coffee, we heard Gregory DiPippo on the Patristic Sources of the Roman Lectionary in Lent .  Again what I write is my memory based on my notes.  It is not verbatim nor is it exhaustive.  If Markus Bünning...

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FOTA X: First session, talk I.
So obviously I made it to FOTA X.  For FOTA VIII I was stuck in the very room where I write this, before this very computer but with my foot in a cast while for FOTA IX I was up in Ards, Co. Donegal ministering to the faithful (Confessions and Mass, etc).  ...
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