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Lenten Talks

'Hope in times of trouble..what the Bible and the Saints say' by Fr. Terence Crotty OP. will be held on Mondays: 19th & 26th February, 4th & 11th March at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre of St. John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road. All are welcome to attend.


A Prayer Vigil remembering two years of the full-scale war in Ukraine will take place on Friday, February 23, at 7pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church in Donnycarney. An evening of prayer, remembering and mourning. All are welcome to attend.

Young Adult Camino 2024

We are delighted to launch our Young Adult trip to the Camino June 2024. Completing the last 110km of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago, this is a pilgrimage not to miss! Places are limited and all details, including preparation days, can be found in the poster. If...

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Friday, First Week of Lent

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks about virtue. He calls for a virtue that goes deeper than the virtue of the scribes and the Pharisees. The Jewish Law spelt out how people were to live and relate to each other. However, Jesus came to form in people a virtue that is more radical than the virtue that the Jewish Law tried to promote. The adjective ‘radical’ is from the Latin word for ‘root’. Jesus seeks a virtue that is more deeply rooted in the human heart. He gives an example of this more radical or more deeply rooted virtue in today’s gospel reading. Whereas the Jewish Law prohibits someone from taking the life of another person, Jesus prohibits the deeply rooted anger that finds its most deadly expression in the killing of someone. The first act of killing mentioned in the Bible, Cain’s killing of Abel, sprung from anger. Cain was angry with his brother. Jesus was very concerned about human behaviour. He often speaks about the need to do the will of his heavenly Father. However, he is even more concerned about the deep seated emotions and the underlying attitudes that give rise to behaviour. Jesus wants to renew the human heart, knowing that it is only such deep seated renewal that can give rise to a new way of living, one that conforms to God’s will for our lives. Jesus came to pour the very Spirit of God into our lives, into our hearts, so that we can live as God desires us to live. The ultimate source of the deeper virtue that Jesus calls for is the Holy Spirit because it is only the Spirit who can truly change our hearts. Each day we need to keep praying, ‘Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart’, renew my heart’. Then, the face of the earth will begin to be renewed.