Sermon at Silverstream Priory
Sunday In Albis, 8 April 2018
Hæc est victória, quæ vincit mundum, fides nostra.
This is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith. (1 John 5:4)
The Primate of All Ireland, His Grace, the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Eamon Martin, enjoins all priests today to address the great question that very soon will be put to the people of Ireland. By God’s liturgical providence, a number of things converge in today’s Holy Mass to offer us, at this crossroads in Irish history, both light and truth.
The stational church in Rome today is the ancient basilica of the boy martyr, Saint Pancras. Saint Pancras was a lad of fourteen (some say twelve) when, showing a manly courage, he shed his blood in the sacrifice of his life for the truth of Christ. At an age when most lads are interested in games and focused on the challenges and delights of growing up, Pancras was faced with a stark choice. Would he, in faithfulness to his Baptism, openly profess his faith in Christ or