16th July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Fr Morty O'Shea

Normally (apart from Sundays) July 16th is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the foundation day of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in 1958.

This was my Sunday homily for today. Gospel follows.

sowerparableAt Denis Hanlon’s funeral last Tuesday I spoke about going to his house and giving the Last Rites. This was Saturday evening, a few hours before he passed away. To anoint his hands I had to pull back the bed clothes. I was touched to see that he had wrapped his Rosary beads around his left hand, maybe his last conscious action before becoming unconscious.

Fr Peyton who did much to promote the Rosary in the last century said that holding Rosary beads in our hands is a way of holding Mary’s hands in ours. What a holy and beautiful thing it is for us to leave this…

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