Missionary appeals to legislators over sex trafficking

Fr Shay Cullen addressed TDs and Senators in Leinster House last week and commended them for enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which criminalises the man who solicits sex.

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Possible papal visit to Northern Ireland next year

Migration, the European project, climate change, poverty and the effects of globalisation on families were the focus of “cordial discussions” between Pope Francis and President Michael D. Higgins.

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Religious are cut to the heart by negative media

“The same old clichés are still being trotted out and caricature images of ‘nuns’ repeated ad nauseam” – Sr Una Agnew.

Five new red hats in June

The new cardinals’ origins from different parts of the world manifest the catholicity of the Church, spread throughout the earth.

Respond! honours Limerick design students

This is an excellent example of real collaboration to the benefit of the local community – Paul Hargaden, Regional Manager for Respond Housing.

Your Pope Needs You!

At least three-thousands of volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the World Meeting of Families to be held 15 months from now in August 2018.

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Thought for today

God is near.


God does not hide behind some heavenly curtain like a wizard – He dwells near us, according to St. Paul (Acts 17:26-27). God dwells in a most obvious place, but recognizing this is where the challenge comes in.

Let us stop looking “out there” for God and recognize the Spirit of God dwelling within each one of us – we may find this puzzling and difficult. We have a big responsibility if we believe that we are united in the divine action of God in the world. God created the human race from “one” not to be divided by regional boundaries, by the colour of our skin, or by our religious beliefs. When we are searching for God, do we search within and believe he is near? When we look for God with our hearts, do we see our neighbours as “one” in the Spirit of God?

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

May 23 - St Vincent of Lérins (d. c. 450)

islandsThe image is of one of the Lérins Islands (in French les Îles de Lérins), a group of four Mediterranean islands off the French Riviera, near Cannes, where Saint Honoratus founded a monastery around the year 410. There is a tradition that Saint Patrick studied there in the fifth century. A Cistercian community lives there today in a monastery built during the nineteenth century. St Vincent of Lérins was a monk here at the start of the fifth century and is the author of a work called the Commonitorium that is an important text in the development of doctrine. Patrick Duffy writes about him and his work.

The Commonitorium
The Commonitorium (dated 434),  is a word that means a kind of 'memory aid'. In fact, the work is a practical handbook to help decide between what is true and what is false in Catholic doctrine. Vincent's object is to provide himself, as he states, with a general rule whereby he can distinguish Catholic truth from heresy; and he commits what he has learned to writing, that he may have it by him for reference as a "commonitory", or "remembrancer", to refresh his memory.

Vincent of Lerins

His guiding principle for sound doctrine
Vincent's work develops practical guidelines for distinguishing heresy from true doctrine. The first criterion is Scripture, and if this does not suffice, then the tradition of the Catholic Church. Vincent's famous principle was the source of much discussion at the time of Vatican I: "Let that be held which has been believed by all, at all times and everywhere ... " id teneatur quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est ). His work is referenced in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith of Vatican I.

Newman, however, considered this more as a negative or exclusive criterion than as a positive determination for the development of Catholic doctrine. Vincent probably used it in a Semi-pelagian sense reacting to some exaggerations of Augustine's teaching on predestination. His disjunctive view of Scripture and Tradition has largely been overtaken by the Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum: Scripture and Tradition are now seen in their unity and reciprocity. But it is still a useful formulary to express the unity of Catholic doctrine.

Monk at Lérins
Little else is known of the life of this St Vincent apart from his being a monk of the Lérins monastery. He refers to himself as a stranger and a pilgrim who had fled the world to serve Christ in the quiet of the monastery of Lérins.
Today's Readings
First Reading                 Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34
Become a believer in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, and your household too.

The crowd of Philippians joined in and showed their hostility to Paul and Silas, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged. They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them. So, following his instructions, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 

still hereLate that night Paul and Silas were praying and singing God's praises, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the gaoler woke and saw the doors wide open he drew his sword and was about to commit suicide, presuming that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, 'Don't do yourself any harm; we are all here.'

The gaoler called for lights, then rushed in, threw himself trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas, and escorted them out, saying, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' They told him, 'Become a believer in the Lord