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Peace Mass in Clarendon Street Dublin (Homily)

Peace Mass in Clarendon Street Dublin
Extract from archbishop Martin's homily.

Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace is the title of Pope Francis’ Message.  A politics for peace belongs not just on the global level.  We need a politics for peace in every country and in every locality.  There is no part of the world which is not marked by brokenness.  Here in Ireland there is the brokenness caused by homelessness but there is also the brokenness caused by hopelessness in so many forms.  A situation of brokenness will not be resolved by a politics of brokenness.  Certainly politics must involve a plurality of approaches and cherish difference, but there must also be an overarching culture of national purpose.

Our homes and schools must become the real seedbeds for nonviolence.  Young people must learn the call to service from an early age and learn that divisions can be overcome and that tolerance and respect, but also patient understanding and mercy, are the strong weapons for relationships that endure, in the personal as well as in the social and political sphere.

But behind the doors of families there is also often physical violence and sexual violence.  Some act as if human sexuality is just about personal satisfaction, whereas it is about a love, tenderness and a mutual respect which enriches human relations, and indeed can reflect the lovingkindness of our God.  The upcoming World Meeting of Families which will be held in Dublin in 2018 must place at its centre a renewal of the power of families to be places where love and sharing, peaceful relations and reconciliation can be practiced and learnt.    

The Church herself must witness to the fact that the God revealed in Jesus Christ at this Christmas season is a God of mercy who reaches out to all and from whose love and care no one is excluded.  The Church must rediscover a language which reaches out to those who fail not through the violence of humiliation and condemnation but through the tender embrace of mercy and forgiveness.

Finally the Church must learn to announce Jesus Christ as the source of hope, for those to whom hope does not come easy. The Church celebrates this morning also the Feast of Mary, Holy Mother of God.  It recalls the Motherhood of Mary, the attitude in which Mary accepted the call to be mother to the one who would bring lasting peace and challenge all of us to be men and women of peace in our times and for our tomorrow.  Peace is fundamentally a gift of the God of Peace to whom we raise our prayer today for all victims of violence and for all who work for the promotion of peace.


Homily – AGM 30 April 2016

It has been a week of horrific violence in Dublin, Syria and in many parts of the world.  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke out strongly on Wednesday saying “everyone has a responsibility.  Those who cultivate violence thrive on silence.  We have to unite to undermine them and their business and not close our eyes to what we know.

What is happening on the streets of Dublin makes a mockery of the Year of Mercy.  In our culture today, the practice of mercy is receding and is replaced by an attitude of violence,vindictiveness and revenge. 

Read more: Homily –  AGM 30 April 2016

A Personal Reflection

crossThe Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The Papal Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009), continued the sequence of pontifical interpretations of the relevance of the Christian message to the times we live in, beginning with that most prescient of encyclicals, Rerum Novarum (Pope Leo XIII, 1891). They reflect an ever-increasing depth of understanding and enrichment of the Christian message which itself remains timeless and unchanging. The publication of encyclicals prompts us to pause and reflect upon the enduring and seamless nature of the Christian message which can, on occasion, be relegated through complacency in the routine of daily prayer and by the formidable and unsettling challenges facing the Church in these times of social and economic chaos and turbulence. It is rather paradoxical to realize, upon reflection, that the most used prayer of all, the Sign of the Cross, is the simplest and yet the most profound.

Read more: A Personal Reflection

Homily - Mass for World Day of Peace

Church of the Three Patrons Rathgar
01 January 2015

Homily from Mgr. Eoin Thynne, Head Chaplain to the Defence Forces 

"I wonder how many people here this morning think that the future will be better than the past, and all problems can be solved if we put our minds to it.  I wonder how many people not here, those on the streets, in hostels or suffering an addiction think the same way.  Let us begin the New Year with optimism and confidence; equipped for action, dressed for battle, filled with hope and realism, not fear or cynicism. 
Each year we become more and more aware how much our world cries out for peace and justice.  The poor and the oppressed cannot understand or cannot accept a situation where the great nations of the world oppose and condemn them as they do all in their power to defend their basic rights and human dignity.

Read more: Homily - Mass for World Day of Peace

Homily at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Papal Orders

St Joseph’s Oratory, St Patrick’s College Maynooth,

Msgr Eoin Thynne, HCF and Chaplain

24th May 2014

There is something radical about faith in Jesus Christ.  This is stressed in this morning’s Gospel.  The words of Jesus are strong.  He speaks of hating father and mother and even one’s self. 

The way of faith is the way of the cross, not the way of the comfort zone we can easily create around ourselves.  The Gospel is telling us, you cannot be a half-baked believer.  I think we all know this in our own hearts.

Read more: Homily at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Papal Orders

Homily of Archbishop Neary at Mass for the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland

Archbishop Michael Neary is Archbishop of Tuam

This homily was delivered on Friday 7 November 2014 in McKee Barracks, Dublin.

You will have heard the backhanded tribute to astuteness: 'He would mind mice at the crossroads in the dark". The compliment intrigues by its very Irish mingling of admiration with mild contempt. In the hands of a greater storyteller we have just met a character who would have no trouble managing any number of mice. The dishonest steward in today's Gospel parable is, to say the least, a quick study. The prospect of imminent ruin would shake most people. Not so this deft, shady, calculating man who does not waste time either in begging or mourning. He has known for years how he would handle just such a crisis and, more to the point, he knows his master. Quick thinking and a series of rapid, possibly unscrupulous deals conspire to win him friends and, against all odds, the admiration of his previously exasperated employer. Obedient mice and a very well-managed crossroads!

Read more: Homily of Archbishop Neary at Mass for the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland