Posts by: Tony Flannery

Beautiful piece by Una Agnew (from the ACP website

It is easy to distrust the outsider’s view of religious life since it is what it is, a way of life, which the outsider however well intentioned can only assess from the outside. All left brained assessments of religious life will demonstrate enormous certitude based on details drawn as honestly as possible from the external worlds of various ministries and badly attempted ‘good works’. 

No one will remember that we were once ordinary young girls growing up in Ireland who simply chose another way of life.

New Year’s Eve plea to end war

December 31 2023

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests

31 Dec 2023

The reality of the war in Gaza continuing right through Christmas must have been somewhere in the minds of most people, even at the height of the season’s celebrations.

In the minds of priests, it would have been almost impossible to shut out the clamour of war, as we celebrated the Eucharist, that great act of peace and joy.

A Different Christmas this Year

Yesterday’s evening prayer from the Breviary contained Psalm 123 which I have recited thousands of times, but in the present situation it takes on a new and more somber resonance:

‘If the Lord had not been on our side

When men rose against us, 

Then they would have swallowed us alive

When their anger was kindled.

But the Lord did not give us a prey to their teeth.

Our life has escaped from the snare of the fowler.

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