6th November – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Tomorrow I fly to New York City and will return on Wed 16th November. I will stay with my brother John and visit various friends and family. Jack has also booked me into the Sloan Kettering cancer clinic for a review of my treatment and more advanced diagnostic tests than are possible in Ireland.

The following is a reflection on today’s gospel from Youth 2000, written by their spiritual director Fr John Harris, OP

Love of GodEndurance will win you your lives – Luke 21:5-19

This Sunday’s Gospel is very real for us during these days. Over the last few months we have seen the devastation of the earthquakes in Italy, the destruction of the beautiful basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia. Each night our TVs are filled with scenes from Aleppo and Mosul. The world at presents seems a very uncertain place. Lots of the old certainties have been questioned.

We are called to live our faith in the midst of all that is happening. We are called to endure many trials and difficulties. The faith doesn’t remove us from the challenges of life as Pope Francis reminds us in his encyclical on faith: “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey.” We now journey in the company of Jesus, confident of his loving presence and with his strong influence in our lives. We persevere knowing that we walk with Christ. As Pope Benedict reminded us so often “Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is”. His presence makes life worthwhile.


PRO LIFE ACTION ITEM if you have time…




Dear Pro-Life Supporter,


The campaign to remove the 1983 Pro-Life Amendment gathers pace, supported by vast sections of the media, pro-abortion groups and some politicians.  It is being massively funded from abroad contrary to the stipulations of the Government’s Standards in Public Offices Commission, without any Government reaction. 


The closing date for the Assembly to receive submissions on the Eighth Amendment (that protects unborn life) is 16thDecember 2016.  Please make a submission to protect unborn life at all stages of gestation.  Whether disabled or not, they are human beings.


The website of the Assembly is www.citizensassembly.ie . Apparently everyone is expected to be electronically competent and fill it out online.  This is unfair and people should be entitled to make submissions in writing as well and send it by post. Enclosed is information from the Assembly’s website giving details of the submission form. Limit your submission to 500 words. If you are caught for time, sentiments like Keep the 8th Amendment, Protect the Unborn Child from Conception, Do not kill babies on grounds of handicap or any other grounds etc.


 The contact details of the Assembly are:

Telephone 01-6194119 email info@citizensassembly.ie, website www.citizensassembly.ie

Postal address: Citizens Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Please make a submission for the unborn child. Many pro-abortionists will be doing so.


With every good wish

Yours sincerely

John O’Reilly



PS.  The Assembly’s online submission requests an email address but not a name and address.

This is unusual and could facilitate many different people using the same email address, or facilitate an individual from the one email address to use other names fraudulently.




Please note you must go to the web address to submit your form, below is just to show you what it looks like


Submissions are now invited on the first topic the Assembly will consider, the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. Submissions on the Assembly’s remaining topics will be accepted in due course.

The closing date for receipt of submissions on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is 16 December 2016.

Please use the form below to send your submission. Submissions can also be sent by post to 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

All documents received by the Assembly secretariat shall be listed on the website and displayed with a name/name of organisation, if appropriate, and county (or country). The Citizens’ Assembly reserves the right not to accept a submission if it is deemed offensive or inappropriate.

In accordance with the Assembly’s agreed rules and procedures, following receipt of submissions on any matter, the Assembly may choose to hear oral presentations from any representative group or individual to assist in its deliberations.

If you encounter any difficulties using this form, please contact us at info@citizensassembly.ie.

DISCLAIMER: Submissions on this website are published for information purposes only and publication is not an endorsement by the Assembly of any views expressed therein. For further information, click here.

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