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“Rejoice Jerusalem” are the opening words we will hear this Sunday at Mass. This call to rejoice may seem strange when for the Church Lent is a time of spiritual ‘combat’ and painful self-denial against the many forces that clamour for our heart, or entice us away from God.

Jesus’ style of teaching in today’s Gospel is challenging. He begins each teaching by saying something like ‘you have heard how it was said’…‘but I say to you.’ This kind of formula has a twofold structure. It initially recalls the common wisdom for the minimalist right ordering of society before

Last month’s Symposium in Saint Saviour’s Priory in Dublin was given by Prof Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Professor Emeritus of Italian at Trinity College Dublin. Her truly memorable lecture was entitled ‘Dante’s Ulysses: ‘Beyond the utmost bounds of human thought’. The text of the relevant portion of the Inferno is given

The Grace of Preaching Blessed Moneta of Cremona was a contemporary of St Dominic and is famous for two things; loaning our Holy Father a bed to die on and giving him a tunic to be buried in. Being very much esteemed as a professor at the University of Bologna,

This Sunday we read St Luke’s account of the Presentation of the Lord. St Luke begins by giving the reasons for the Lord’s presentation. It was written in the Law of Moses that every first born male should be consecrated to the Lord. When we contemplate this event in the

Imagine a person watching television intently as the lottery balls are being drawn. The person is fortunate enough to see the first number drawn matches the numbers on their ticket. There is no real excitement yet since there is a long way to go and the dream of winning the