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 The Church is Holy
Michael A. Hayes

‘I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne ... above him stood seraphs ... and they were shouting to one another: “Holy, Holy Holy is Yahweh Sabaoth.”’ (Isai. 6.3) Isaiah’s vision is all about the immensity and otherness of God, and the word used above all to designate God is ‘Holy’.

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Sep 01 2014
The Church is HolyEditorialThe Church is Holy
Michael A. Hayes

‘I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne ... above him stood seraphs ... and they were shouting to one another: “Holy, ...

 
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Personalizing the WordPersonalizing the Word
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Tony Castle

The Catholic book trade has a rich and distinguished tradition, as we find out in this brief look at its history. Tony Castle is from the ...

 
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Philomena Cullen The Year of Consecrated Life begins in November 2015. Here we outline the new strategy of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de ...

 
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James Sweeney CP A Passionist priest reflects on the realities of using the new translation of the Mass. James Sweeney CP is the Associate Vice ...

 
Getting Resourced: Apps – Part ThreeGetting Resourced: Apps – Part Three
Káren North This article takes a fresh look at the fast-changing world of Apps for Smartphones and tablets. Káren North is training and ...

 
The rhythm of lifeFocus OnThe rhythm of life
Bernadette Broderick

The arrival of a first grandchild gives pause for reflection on the ebb and flow of a faith-filled life. Bernadette Broderick is ...

 
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Stephen J. McKinney, Honor Hania and Robert J. Hill Pope Francis has made it one of the aims of his pontificate to challenge slavery. This article ...

 
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Breaking The Word

Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 1 September
1 Corinthians 2.1–5
Psalm 118.97–102; Luke 4.16–30
The Power of God and the Nazareth Manifesto
During the last European elections in the UK voters were inundated ...


 
Sunday 7 September
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 33.7-9, Psalm 95
Romans 13.8-10
Matthew 18.15-20
We often hear it stated ‘The Church has said ...’ or ‘The Church has ruled out ...