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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.


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

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Luke 14:25   Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

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.
We have gathered here because we are disciples of the Lord Jesus: we have chosen his way as our way. Today he reminds us that this is no easy choice for his way led to the cross. He reminds us: ‘Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.’ Discipleship embraces every aspect of our lives. Discipleship means that we have to plan for the best way to live our lives in the light of his truth.

1. The passage is a call to both radical and practical discipleship. When have you found that in order to achieve a certain objective you had to make it a priority, and then take the practical steps necessary to reach your goal? What were the benefits to you when you did this?

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?

The passage invites us to celebrate those people who when we were embarking on a career, joining a political movement, getting married, came straight with us. They told us: don’t enter into it unless you feel willing and able for the sacrifices involved. Their words seemed harsh at the time. Now we are deeply grateful to them. They were Jesus at work in our lives.

Michel de Verteuil:
Jesus’ warning takes on great relevance in these times of crisis, so decisive for the future of our faith.

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?


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.
The Message

For a more detailed commentary, see Kieran’s notes (link above)

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