Monsignor’s Message – Justice

Posted on Jul 21, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

Justice. To give each one his/her due is how we might describe justice. That seems very reasonable but the sticking point is always: what is one’s due? We might begin by asking what is due to God? In the Holy Mass we lift up our hearts to the Lord – It is Right and Just. God deserves honor and worship from His creation. In a real sense, God deserves our all. Discussions of justice always involve rights. There are primary rights, foundational to who we are as human beings, and secondary rights subject to sometimes changing circumstances. Often we fail to distinguish between these different types of rights. If we strive to be more just in our dealing with others and less concerned about if we are being treated “fairly,” we will grow in the virtue of acting justly.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Independence Day

Posted on Jun 29, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The America experiment began 241 years ago. Our founding fathers discerned that all human beings have certain natural rights that were bestowed upon us, not from a monarch or government, but from Almighty God. This assertion of inalienable rights and the corresponding claim of national sovereignty placed our fledgling nation on a path to war with Great Britain. Blood was spilled and a nation was born. As we celebrate our national independence, let us never forget the risk and sacrifice of our forefathers. May God grant us the same courage as we confront the particular challenges we face in the modern era.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Corpus Christi Sunday

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

Corpus Christi Sunday is one of my favorite celebrations in the liturgical calendar. In a mystical way, at each Mass, we stand beside Christ at Calvary. Not all Christians share this belief. Baptists, Pentecostals, and non-denominational churches are all non-liturgical communities. These services are a mixture of scripture and preaching, prayer and praise. The charismatic nature of these worships is appealing to many. The focus is on the experience of the worshipper. Catholics, Orthodox churches, Lutherans, and Episcopalians all belong to liturgical communities. We all place an emphasis on Eucharistic celebrations. Our worships are very similar. Despite these similarities in worships, the theological differences are significant. By the laying of hands, our priests act in the person of Christ – the Head of the Church – and they represent for us the saving acts of Christ. The power of the words of our Lord manifested as His own Body and Blood upon the Altar. Saint Thomas Aquinas explained that even as the chemical composition is the same (accident), the underlying reality (substance) is now the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. How can we fail in gratitude to worship so great a mystery?

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Most Holy Trinity

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The Holy Trinity is a mystery and all mysteries elude our grasp. Just when we have an insight that leads to some understanding, deeper questions emerge. For me, what is central about the Trinity is relationships. We believe in one God. Yet, God is in relationship — God is Father, Son and Spirit. This relation is not a relationship of rivals, but of love. This love is not sterile, but generative. We human beings who are created in the image and likeness of our creator might consider, on this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the quality of our relationships. Do our relationships give life or drain life? Are they manipulative or free? Do we become selfish or are we more selfless? On this feast day, perhaps we might consider how our relationships resemble or disfigure this image of the Trinity.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Feast of the Ascension

Posted on May 26, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The feast of the Ascension marks a moment of transition in time. In Lent and Easter we have celebrated the saving works of Christ. Now, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit assists us in understanding how the salvation won for us by Jesus is being worked out in the world and our lives. We are unafraid! Yet the devil remains determined to undermine faith by stoking flames of fear. The evil one deploys his weapons skillfully. The manipulation of religious faith to extremism and terrorism in order to spread fear is but one weapon in his arsenal. We have witnessed that most recently with a suicide bombing in England. So what is the response of a person of faith? It is the example of Pope Francis who traveled to Egypt despite the violence there against Christians, and walked amid the people to remind them to be courageous. Christ has indeed ascended to the Father, but He has not left us orphans. Indeed, He sent us a powerful Advocate: the Holy Spirit. We are convinced, and thus fearless that by His power, the Accuser Satan will be cast out! May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – The Passing of Bishop Thomas Daily

Posted on May 18, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

This past week, we mourn the passing of Bishop Thomas Vose Daily, the sixth Bishop of Brooklyn. Bishop Daily displayed in his office a picture of himself as a young priest surrounded by poor children in Peru, while spending five years in the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle. He told me this was his favorite picture. He was, in his heart, a missionary. When Bishop Daily left Palm Beach for Rockaway Beach, it said a lot about the man. As Bishop of Brooklyn, he loved to spend time in the Farragut Housing Projects, knocking on doors and inviting people to come back to the Church. He was committed to the dignity of every human life, and it is no wonder that each Saturday he could be found outside doors of abortion clinics praying for the women contemplating having an abortion. Bishop Daily was born into privilege. His family was wealthy and established. He preferred, however, to be with the poor and vulnerable because that is where Christ could be found. Rest in peace, Thomas Vose Daily, a priest and apostle of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It is our parish custom to give a rose to all the women who are mothers or mother figures at the Masses. One year, we ran out of roses. Displayed prominently in the sanctuary was an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it was surrounded by bouquets of roses. I took some of the roses surrounding the image and gave them to the women who remained without a rose to take home. Mary would deny nothing to her daughters. The following year, we gave flowers to everyone entering the church. At the offertory, everyone was asked to bring up a rose and place it before Mary. On Mother’s Day, many mourn that they have never had the opportunity to be mothers; children mourn mothers who have died, and sadly it is sometimes mothers who mourn their lost children. Some people are angry due to their mothers’ shortcomings; all mothers consider the ways in which they may have failed. So this Mother’s Day, let us honor Mary, our heavenly mother and her daughters, for whom she would give everything – even her own Son.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – The Month of Mary

Posted on May 3, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

All humanity traces its origin to Eve. Saint John speaks of Mary as the new Eve. It was through Eve that we have life but through Mary’s offspring that we have life eternal. It is appropriate that this month of May be dedicated to Mary Mother of God. Mary is the moon who reflects the light of Christ, her sun. There would be no life without the Son and no Son without the mother. In the incarnation, the Almighty chose humility and became a creature. God becomes vulnerable to His creation and this reaches its climax when we chose to reject God’s Son by sinning and crucify Him. Yet the Lord is never undone in mercy, for even as He hung upon the cross, Christ bequeathed to you and me His most intimate relationships. We will share in His life. Mary becomes our Mother and we are called to honor her. For by His Cross and Resurrection He has redeemed His creation, and she who never betrayed her Creator reigns with Him in heaven as our Queen. May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Papal Visit

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

In the aftermath of the recent attack in France and the continuous violent persecution of Coptic Christians, the Pope is traveling to Egypt.  Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew will join Pope Tawadros II – Bishop of Alexandria, Patriarch of Egypt and All Africa – at a special peace conference in order to demonstrate a united Christian front against violence and fanaticism. Pontifex, an ancient title for the popes, means bridge-builder. The Holy Father is offering us a courageous lesson about the importance of building bridges within the Christian community and the broader religious world. Let’s all pray that the world may reap the fruits of peace that Pope Francis is sowing. May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The Canonization Mass of Saint Faustina on April 30th, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy. St. Faustina related in her diary that the Lord spoke, saying “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” We are all sinners. Our salvation requires us to reject sins and embrace Christ. We must allow our old self to be nailed to the cross if we are to rise with Him. The good thief acknowledged that divine justice demanded punishment for his sins. So must we. Yet, if we like the good thief ask for the Lord’s mercy, we too will share in the promise to be with Him in paradise for all eternity.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.