2nd Sunday in Ordinary time

A wee boy was sitting in the pew and looked with confusion at a priest in front of him. The priest was holding something white in his hand, both his hands raised above his head; clearly, the priest was showing something. The boy’s confusion sprang from the obvious disparity between what was being shown and…

The Epiphany of the Lord

Have you made your New Year’s resolution? Mine’s is to help all my friends gain twenty pounds, so I’ll look slimmer. And I decided to read more this year, so I put the subtitles on my TV. New Year's Day is the accepted time to make our regular annual good resolutions; now, a week later…

4th Sunday of Advent

I really didn’t feel like going to church this morning. I tried to negotiate with God and decided to flip a coin. For tails, I’d go back to bed; for heads, I’d watch the telly; I’d go to church if the coin landed on its edge. I tossed the coin up in the air and…

2nd Sunday of Advent

Weasel, worm, sloth, slug, vulture, snake, pig, rat, dog, cow, chicken, fish, shark, monkey, wolf, dinosaur… That’s just a tiny selection of animals used to describe people. We use them to express our tender affection towards those we love or to express our dislike of others. Sometimes we use such phrases to vent our frustration…

32nd Sunday in Ordinary time

After a long illness, Moira arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for St Peter to greet her, she peeked through the Gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. They saw her…