In Cana of Galilee


Today it is fulfilled!

Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house’. (Mt 26, 18) There is something new and strangely beautiful about this Teacher’s request. The time is near, and this time it is in my house – it is in your house – that Jesus wants to celebrate Easter! Let’s make preparations then! The first week has gone by, our heads were dizzy, our hearts were heavy and our spirits have been down. Life as we knew it(…)

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Domestic Churches or online Churches?

In these times of the corona virus pandemic, the creativity of many priests has brought us eucharistic celebrations broadcast on the internet. The enthusiasm surrounding this initiative is remarkable. The computer screen, say many of the faithful, has become our altar, our Jacob’s well, our church! Allow me a few thoughts (and let me say first up that I also watch mass services online). My apologies for disturbing the peace yet again! When the Gospel tells us that the time will come when we will worship in spirit and truth (cf. Jn 4:23), it is not saying that the time(…)

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A caravan to heaven

This is the third in a series of articles on the charism and spirituality of the Families of Cana My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, … (Gn 33, 13-14). At the beginning of the Movement, as I was(…)

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My house, my monestery

Second article in a series on the charism and spirituality of the Movement A few years ago, on a visit to Fatima, I went to the Carmelite convent to pray Vespers with the Sisters, according to the explicit permissionn set out in their schedule. I knelt in the welcoming church as a Sister emerged from the inner convent to prepare the altar and expose the Lord. She did everything with respectful, eloquent gestures, and then returned inside out of sight. A few minutes later, the shuffle of footsteps announced the arrival of the entire community to the church choir just(…)

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The Pope in Ireland, The World Meeting of Families and the media

It’s Saturday morning. Pope Francis lands in Ireland, Niall’s native land. Niall is eager to switch on the computer. Through a live feed we can watch the Pope’s visit without filters or commentary as he goes through a day of meetings, speeches and journeys. With only the images and the sounds of the moment to see and hear, we manage to follow the visit as we do our usual household chores. Our children know that it’s a special day and only a worthy exception justifies us having a computer turned on during mealtime as we listen to the speeches of(…)

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