29th Sunday in Ordinary time

‘Gott mit uns’ - ‘God is with us’ was reportedly inscribed on the belts of the German soldiers invading Poland in 1939, according to my late grandmother’s stories. The genocidal occupation followed, highlighted by one of the most infamous death camps in Oswiecim, better known by its German name Auschwitz. The ‘Gott mit uns’ ideology…

25th Sunday in Ordinary time

Jack collected lots of money from ‘trick-or-treat’ and he went to the sweet shop to buy some chocolate. ‘You should give that money to charity,’ said the salesgirl. Jack thought for a moment and said, ‘No, I’ll buy the chocolate. You give the money to charity.’ Money is a tricky subject for a sermon. On…

24th Sunday in Ordinary time

‘Did I do something wrong?’ or ‘What did I do wrong?’ are quite common question many Christian parents of adult children ask themselves, when they see that their offspring have drifted away from the church and faith. ‘I took them to church every Sunday, we kept Christian traditions in our home, they had their sacraments...‘…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary time

Shamelessly and with absolute certainty I can say that I am my mother's favourite son. Or even more, I'm her favourite child. How can I make such a boastful claim? It's simple: I'm her only child. 'That's why he's such a spoilt brat' - you might think, and rightly so. But there's a disadvantage to…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

North of Inverness, near Muir of Ord, there’s an old castle, lovingly restored in recent years by its new owners. It’s very fortunate that they allow the Dominican Sisters of Elgin and myself to use the castle for running retreats, so every now and then I spend a weekend there. Part of the attraction and…