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November 12, 2022

The Viper in the Grass

Porn – The Viper in the Grass  Word on the Week    12th November 2022. When I was young, admittedly that was some time ago, porn was the stuff you found on public lavatory walls.   It was the domain of naughty school kids or dirty minded adults who were to be avoided. It was when […]

November 5, 2022

Mass at Listowel

Mass at Listowel              Word on the Week                     5th November 2022. Fr Sheehy, a retired priest, was standing in for the regular priest at St Mary’s church in Listowel when he chose to spell out the likely end of certain behaviours.  He claimed that sexual sins were rampant. In his homily he listed sex between two […]

October 22, 2022

Christianity: Problem or Solution

Christianity: Problem or Solution         Word on the Week           22nd Oct.2022. Of course Christianity is a problem!   Any religion that invites its followers to come and die is going to have to work hard in the marketplace of ideas!   Following Christ is not some sort of weekly outing but involves submitting to Dr Luke’s daily […]

October 15, 2022

No Longer Hoping

No Longer Hoping           Word on the Week                     15th October 2022. We are now entering the fifth week of our outreach entitled ‘What’s the Story’? The question raised this week is entitled “Is there Hope in the Face of Death”? Sometimes it is difficult to understand what exactly hope is.   Perhaps it will be shown up […]

October 8, 2022

Chaos at Creeslough

Chaos at Creeslough                 Word on the Week          8th October 2022. The village of Creeslough was ripped apart by a massive explosion.   It occurred at 3.00pm yesterday.   It was one of the busiest times of the day for the filling station, shops and flats.   At the present time ten are dead and many injured. Rescuing people […]

October 1, 2022

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and Shame             Word on the Week                     1st October 2022. Like the proverbial albatross around one’s neck, guilt and shame stick like glue.  It is easy to identify with the plaintive cry of despair, which is the strapline to this week’s searching question – “Will I ever be good enough”? Many religions have arrangements […]

September 24, 2022

Is There Anyone Out There?

Is There Anyone Out There?   Word on the Week   24th September 2022. There is the amusing story of the rock climber stuck on the cliff face who called out “Is there anyone out there”.   A voice responded, “Let go!”   After a lengthy consideration of the reply he asked, “Is there anyone else out there?” […]

July 9, 2022

Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minister                   Word on the Week                    9th July 2022. The popular BBC comedy programme of yesteryear, Yes, Prime Minister, became “No”, Prime Minister this week as Boris Johnson ran out of credibility!   He resigned Office but as a parting gesture decided to stay at his post till a successor is appointed! The honourable […]

July 2, 2022

Do not be like them

Do not be like them.                   Word on the Week                    2nd July 2022. It was at the end of a Church Service when the visitor asked what words of advice I would give to her rather mature 12-year-old daughter.   I said “Don’t follow the crowd; Jesus never did” and that was accepted as a piece […]

June 18, 2022

Ulysses at 100

Ulysses at 100                   Word on the Week             18th June 2022 The book hit its century this week and shows no lack of vigour that might have been expected of one of such an age.   Written by James Joyce and published in Paris where he was living.   Its publication coincided with his 40th birthday.      At first […]

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