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Divine mercy, without a doubt

Divine mercy, without a doubt

Posted: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:12

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on God's deep love for us, seen in the Gospel for 2nd Sunday of Easter (John 20: 19-31). Image: 'Doubting Thomas', Franciszek Smuglewicz, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, we are invited to share in unconditional love of God in 'Divine Mercy Sunday' and in the gospel, we are given an example of how deep that love is.

For some reason, Thomas, the apostle,... Read More »

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

Sharing the Light of Easter

Sharing the Light of Easter

Posted: Sat, 03 Apr 2021 19:30

A reflection for Easter Day from Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: The Risen Lord meets Mary Magdalen, Ely. Fr Lawrence Lew OP, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr.

A very happy Easter Day to you!

Today we celebrate glory and life even in the middle of international pain and heartache—I pray that this day helps us to recognise the green shoots of hope. Today is the reason for our hope and needed optimism:... Read More »

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

Eastering COVID

Eastering COVID

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:07

We have been through deaths

We have felt the loss of life and of meaning.

We have remembered the senseless suffering

Of the cross on Calvary.

All this is grist to God's mill

That makes the bread of our resurrection.

All our struggles with suffering,

All our searching for meaning,

Is caught up into a deeper wisdom,

Written into a longer story

Deepening trust in a loving God.

Nothing is wasted.


And so, we struggle... Read More »

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

Holy Week 2021- Salesian resources and online services

Holy Week 2021- Salesian resources and online services

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:45

As we approach Holy Week, the most sacred part of our year, we invite you to use some new resources prepared for your reflections and devotions, and to join the Salesians in our online services over the Sacred Triduum, if you are unable to attend church in person.

In our resources area, you can download the reflections and prayers for Holy Week which are part of the 'Camino Through Lent' written by... Read More »

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

Palm Sunday: Holy Week reveals God’s lavish and limitless love

Palm Sunday: Holy Week reveals God’s lavish and limitless love

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 16:52

On the threshold of Holy Week, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a humble donkey, and his example of sharing God's unconditional love. Photo: Millie and Milo, at home in Mayo (Fr Gerry)

On Palm Sunday—Passion Sunday, we begin that most sacred week of Christian history; as we enter Holy Week, we enter, not with a sense of triumphalism, but in a true spirit of... Read More »

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

Online retreat explored how we face pain and suffering

Online retreat explored how we face pain and suffering

Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:49

Last Saturday, we hosted the second of our two online Lent retreats, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM.

Twenty five participants joined us on Zoom to explore the challenging topic 'Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional' and to share their own thoughts and experiences, along with some times of prayer and reflection. The aim was to look at how we face and acknowledge... Read More »

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent: It is in living service that we find true glory

Fifth Sunday of Lent: It is in living service that we find true glory

Posted: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:15

Reflecting on the gospel for 5th Sunday of Lent (John 12: 20-33) Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the difficult concept of the 'glory' of the cross. (Photo: Catalina Fedorova on Unsplash)

I have always found it fascinating that the great Temple of Jerusalem had the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles', where non-Jews were always made welcome and would never be excluded. On one of my visits to pray at the... Read More »

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

The silence that speaks

The silence that speaks

Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 10:38

In his article this week, Catholic teacher and Deacon, Michael Bennett asks us to look closely at our schools and our world to find the silent sermons of God all around us.

As a teenager I used to enjoy Sunday evening Mass. It was a great time for young people. It meant that I could lie in on a Sunday morning, go to Ju-jitsu and laze around the day with friends. There was, however, one drawback. The... Read More »

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

Lenten thoughts from Salesian Brothers - how well do we know Jesus?

Lenten thoughts from Salesian Brothers - how well do we know Jesus?

Posted: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:08

Br Martin Pushparaj SDB offers a thought for Lent in the latest of a series of videos produced by St John Bosco College, Battersea, and featuring our Salesian Brothers.

Br Martin reflects on the different relationships we have in our lives, from close family ties to the 'Hi ... Bye' encounters we have with those we hardly know.

He says that Lent is a good time to ask which group Jesus comes into in our... Read More »

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

We are a Church of hope, celebration, and light

We are a Church of hope, celebration, and light

Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:05

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the glimpses of joy we are given on 4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday and Mothering Sunday. Image: Jesus and Nicodemus by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Today we meet the interesting character, Nicodemus; he is only mentioned in John's gospel, firstly as the one who visits Jesus 'by night'. He seems to have been a member of the Jewish court,... Read More »

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