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Advent 2020 - Join our 'Camino'

Advent 2020 - Join our 'Camino'

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:01

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invites you to join the Salesians and the Presentation Sisters in a series of reflections this Advent

Most of us are well acquainted with the concept of a 'pilgrimage'; many of us will have been to Rome, Lourdes, or the Holy Land on pilgrimage. We go for more than just a holiday: we journey with others to a Holy Place. In the Middle Ages, the tomb of St James in the Spanish... Read More »

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Prepare for the Lord with the SDBs and Presentation Sisters

Prepare for the Lord with the SDBs and Presentation Sisters

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:00

Come, Lord Jesus, and stay with us (we are in, and not doing the shopping!!!). This Advent, we have more than the usual distractions as we await the coming of Jesus, and the Presentation Sisters and the Salesians of Don Bosco have come together to offer opportunities to reflect during the season.

Sr Susan Richert PBVM and Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invite you to an Advent Camino, with daily reflections,... Read More »

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'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:26

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for 30th Sunday of the year looks at the commandment Jesus told us was the most important, and how we need to live by it today. Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40.

"All you need is love", so the Beatles told us 1960s, while in the fourth century, St Augustine was able to preach with confidence "love and do what you will!" The Gospel message of love lies at the heart... Read More »

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Practising the law of love

Practising the law of love

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:51

The Gospel for 29th Sunday of the year tells us of the challenges Jesus faced from those trying to entrap and destroy him, Fr Gerry O'Shaughessy SDB offers a reflection on how we can be good citizens, practising Jesus' law of love. (Matthew 22: 15 - 21)

This week we see the Pharisees withdrawing from their discussion with Jesus. However, they still want to torment him and send their 'disciples' to challenge... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Sr Ella on praying the Rosary

Sr Ella on praying the Rosary

Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:08

In her 'Salesian Sundays' video this week, Sr Ella Flynn FMA offers a guide to praying the Rosary, in this month of October.

Sr Ella's Sunday reflections are posted on the Salesian Sisters GBR YouTube channel every weekend. See the channel on the 'More information' link below.

Tags: Prayer, Salesian Sisters

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:41

Fr Gerry O'Shaunessy SDB reflects the Gospel for 28th Sunday of the year, with its call to fully take up the Lord's invitation to join him at the wedding feast. (Matthew 22: 1 - 14)

In our Gospel today, Jesus once again is speaking to the leaders of his people-these wonderful teachings apply as much today as they did in their original context. When the Old Testament prophets wanted to speak of the day... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:41

Some of the most important Gospel stories centre on sharing meals and breaking bread together. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the importance of 'table fellowship' in our lives today. Photo: A seder meal at the Triduum Retreat, Savio House

But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, "That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Yet Wisdom... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Kindness must be our default position

Kindness must be our default position

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on the Gospel for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Image by Marcello Cerrato via Qumran2.net

Once again we are presented with a parable about that important vineyard—that place of encounter with the divine. Once again the target audience are the leaders of the community—the chief priests and elders who should be listening to the WORD OF God. They... Read More »

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Challenged to both LOVE and SERVE the Lord

Challenged to both LOVE and SERVE the Lord

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:07

A reflection on the Gospel for 26th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. (Image: Parable of the Two Sons by Bernadette Lopez, via Qumran2.net)

Our Gospel today has Jesus telling the story of the two sons; while Luke shares the amazing story of unconditional love in the beautiful and enduring tale of the Prodigal, Matthew tells the tale of the the Father asking his sons for help in the... Read More »

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Unconditional Generosity

Unconditional Generosity

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:09

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the lessons for us today in the Gospel for 25th Sunday of the year, Matthew 20: 1-16.

Today's Gospel was often a source of much discussion with the idealistic students that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years: how was it just that the workers, who were dragged in at the last minute, be paid exactly the same as those hard working working labourers... Read More »

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