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We make a difference by bringing together people's experience of life with a deeper understanding of the gospel to renew them for the times in which we live.
Orlagh is up for sale. Much interest but no deal yet.
If a buyer is found the community will leave Orlagh before the end of September
Our retreat house programme has ceased.
Daily Mass will continue (including Sundays) at 10.30am.
Also meditation from 8.00-8.30pm on Wednesdays.
BRINGING LIFE AND FAITH TOGETHER
The focus of the Orlagh Team has been to bring faith and life together in such a way as to renew people for the times in which we live.
In that spirit we offer these Sunday Gospel reflections
Sunday, 4th September 2016
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.
33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
Thomas O’Loughlin: LITURGICAL RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR OF LUKE
2. “Hate” is prophetic exaggeration for the uncompromising loyalty Jesus seeks in disciples. There may be times when people make demands in conflict with fidelity to another relationship. This can be painful. When have you found that being clear about your priorities helped you in that situation?
3. Jesus uses parables here to tell us that in important human affairs we do not settle for vague aspirations. When have you found that some element of practi- cal planning has been necessary to make progress with a project? What has this taught you about making the most of your life and of your time?
John Byrne: LOOKING AT LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL (Intercom)
Michel de Verteuil:
When will we sit down to join forces, reflect together,and cooperatively devise the plan we need to follow? Do we not need to set aside more time, to listen more to the message of the gospel, and to meditate more on it in order to discover new callings, promote charisms and develop a new way to follow Jesus?
José A Pagola: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you,
whether plans or people,
and kiss it good-bye,
you can’t be my disciple.
For a more detailed commentary, see Kieran’s notes (link above)