Posted: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:06
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.
Today our Gospel takes us onto Lake Galilee; a huge expanse of water that was a source of both a thriving fishing industry and a trading highway. I think it is very interesting that Jesus choose the busy port town of Capernaum as his base when he began his public ministry: the Sea of Galilee was his front door to the world.
While... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00
A reflection on the Gospel for 18th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. 'They fed 5000 men, not counting the women and children'. (Image: Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net
The miracle of feeding in Matthew recalls the compassion of Jesus: he had originally planned to take a break with his disciples but the crowd found him. He reaches out to help them because they were lost and needed a... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:54
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for the 17th Sunday of the year - the pearl of great price. Photo: Eye for Ebony on Unsplash
Well you'll be glad to know that this week Jesus is still reflecting on the 'field'-the field that is the church made up of a variety of good and bad; the church that is inclusive, the church that does not judge: rather, a church that offers peace and reconciliation... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:05
A reflection on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of the year, the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-43), by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells a tale that would upset the many farmers in his audience; an enemy creeps into the field and deliberately plants weeds in the good wheat field—an action that could destroy their livelihood and income Good and bad are... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:03
A new free app for phones and tablets offers the prayers used by Salesians, in 9 languages and variants, including both British and American English. Salesians@Prayer can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
Prayers can be downloaded from the app to use offline. The app will be developed in future to incorporate even more Salesian documents, and is an invaluable tool for Salesian religious,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:00
Continuing our series of articles by a Catholic teacher, this week Mike explores the glimpses of the divine we see in our schools and students.
"Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God"
These words come from the 13th century philosopher and mystic, Meister Eckhart. Like all mystics, he did not see God as confined to ancient scriptures or rituals, not that God cannot be found there; He... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:38
A reflection for the Feast of St Peter and Paul, (Sunday 28 June 2020) by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
This Sunday, we keep the feast of two of our great founding fathers-in-faith, Peter and Paul. They are very different, but complementary, characters in every way: Peter, excitable and often working on a whim, while Paul is perhaps seen as more measured and careful. They were both fiercely proud of their... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:08
Catholic teacher Michael Bennett reflects this week on helping the young find God in the silence of their own interior space. Photo: Students in the chapel at the 'Make Some Noise' Salesian Youthgather, 2018
My youngest son, Isaac, has a sharp mind, and a sharper wit! He questions everything, reflects deeply and is never quite happy to accept things as they seem to be. A number of years ago, his mum... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:29
A reflection for the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you.
But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth.
John 16: 12-13
Many of us know the beautiful icon of the Trinity painted by Rublev; it presents the three sitting around a table with the chalice of blessing. The fourth space... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 19 May 2020 12:20
A reflection for the 7th Sunday of Easter, World Communications Sunday, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Photo: Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
We find ourselves in this 'waiting time' between the celebration of Ascension and the remembrance of Pentecost. On this day, we recall that the disciples are still in their prayerful lockdown with Mary in the home of Eucharist, the Upper Room. They have to... Read More »