Novena for Life – Bro. Colm Mannion OP

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our sixth week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church (Dominick Str. Dublin 1) given by Bro. Colm Mannion OP.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!

Novena for Life – Fr. John Harris OP

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our first week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church, Dominick Str. Dublin 1.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!

Novena for Life – Fr. Terence Crotty OP

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our second week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church (Dominick Str. Dublin 1) given by Fr. Terence Crotty OP.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!

Novena for Life – Fr. Terence Crotty OP – week 5

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our fifth week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church (Dominick Str. Dublin 1) given by Fr. Terence Crotty OP.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!

Ears to Hear – Christmas Day

Sermon by Pope St Leo the Great (185)

Happy Christmas! Nollaig shone dhaoibh go léir! Today, Jesus is born in Bethlehem. What does this mean for you and for me? It means everything’s changed  – because in the manger we see that God loves us more than we can imagine, and ‘nobody is an outsider to this happiness’.

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Ears to Hear – Advent 7

Epistle to Diognetus (127)

The Letter to Diognetus is one of the most interesting documents we have from the early Church. It was probably written in the second century, and is an example of early Christian apologetics, that is, explaining the Christian faith to pagans. We don’t know who wrote this text, the author refers to himself only as ‘a disciple’. In the segment we will hear today, the writer reflects on how the coming into the world of the Son of God is a revelation of God’s love for us.

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Ears to Hear – Advent 6

Augustine on the Psalms(98)

We continue our series of Advent readings today with another excerpt from St Augustine’s writings – I warned you that he wrote a lot! Today he’s talking about one of his favourite topics: desire! For Augustine, having desire in our hearts is a good thing, but it must be desire for the right things. Ultimately, he thinks, desire will lead us to God, who alone can satisfy us completely. In the meantime, we should be like lovers yearning for the presence of the Beloved. And so, as the days get darker, our yearning for the light of Bethlehem grows stronger and stronger.

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Ears to Hear – Advent 5

Sermon by Augustine (98)

We hear again this week from St Augustine, the great teacher of the Christian West. In today’s reading, he’s comparing the figures of John the Baptist and Christ. John the Baptist is a great Advent figure. He reminds us that preparing for Christmas involves not only buying presents, but also a spiritual preparation: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ he says! He teaches us also the great virtue of humility too – he wished only to stand aside when Christ arrived on the scene. This is the humility with which we should be approaching the Christ-child in the cradle…

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Ears to Hear – Advent 4

Augustine on the Psalms

St Augustine was a Roman African who lived in the dying days of the Roman Empire, he was a bishop, a theologian, and one of the greatest minds of the early Church. He wrote and preached an enormous amount of material, and we hear today a selection from his teaching on the book of Psalms.

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Ears to Hear – Advent 3

Lumen Gentium (81)

In 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council, a gathering of several thousand bishops whose task was to rearticulate the teaching of the Church in the context of the modern world. Today, we hear from one of the documents they produced, Lumen Gentium, the Constitution on the Church. We hear that the Church doesn’t just look backwards to Jesus, but also looks forward to the end of time, when He will come again, and inaugurate a new heaven and a new earth. In Advent, we remind ourselves that we are a people of hope, yearning for the second coming of Christ.

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