Monday, January 31, 2011

The Apostolic Visitation of our Seminaries

Mass at St Peter's tomb
At the end of the period of apostolic visitation, the Irish College community
 joined the visitators for Mass at St Peter's tomb in the Vatican basilica.

 photo: Irish College Flickr Account

 

 
Last week Archbishop Dolan and his team were at the Irish College in Rome. Archbishop Dolan brought the inhabitants of the Irish College to the tomb of St Peter. I wonder why? The Apostolic Visitation of Maynooth begins today. Please God it go well.

Prayer

Saint John Bosco, pray for them
Saint Charles Borromeo, pray for them 
St Lawrence of Rome, pray for them
St John Mary Vianney, pray for them
St Philomena, pray for them
O Sacred Heart of Jesus we place all our trust in You.



Wise Words from Saint John Bosco

Don Bosco hearing confessions.


Some quotations from St John Bosco

"Listen; there are two things the devil is deadly afraid of: fervent Communions and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament."

"The usual snare with which the devil catches the young is to fill them with shame when they are about to confess their sins. When he pushes them to commit sins, he removes all shame, as if there were nothing wrong with it, but when they are going to confession, he returns that shame magnified and tries to convince them that the priest will be shocked by their sins and will no longer think well of them. Thus the devil tries to drive souls to the brink of eternal damnation. Oh, how many lads does Satan steal from God – sometimes forever – by this trick."

"Frequently kiss your medal and crucifix; bless yourself with lively faith and say: 'Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, help me to save my soul!' More than anything else, these three names terrify and vanquish the devil."

Saint Don Bosco, pray for us.

Here is a film about Saint Don Bosco that I found on Youtube. I have not watched it yet, but it has received many good reviews.


St. John Bosco: Mission to Love

Friday, January 28, 2011

Remember Your Friday Prayer and Penance

How are you getting on with your Friday prayer and penance for renewal and healing in our Church? Here is just a little reminder of Our Holy Father's invitation.
"I now invite all of you to devote your Friday penances, for a period of one year, between now and Easter 2011, to this intention. I ask you to offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture and your works of mercy in order to obtain the grace of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland. I encourage you to discover anew the sacrament of Reconciliation and to avail yourselves more frequently of the transforming power of its grace. 

Particular attention should also be given to Eucharistic adoration, and in every diocese there should be churches or chapels specifically devoted to this purpose. I ask parishes, seminaries, religious houses and monasteries to organize periods of Eucharistic adoration, so that all have an opportunity to take part. Through intense prayer before the real presence of the Lord, you can make reparation for the sins of abuse that have done so much harm, at the same time imploring the grace of renewed strength and a deeper sense of mission on the part of all bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful.

I am confident that this programme will lead to a rebirth of the Church in Ireland in the fullness of God’s own truth, for it is the truth that sets us free (cf. Jn 8:32)."

Extract from Pope Benedict XVI's Letter to the Catholics of Ireland

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

Christ on the Cross,
1627, Zurbaran
God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

FOTA 2011

Here are details of the next Fota Liturgical Conference.

St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us


The Apotheosis of St. Thomas Aquinas, 1631
Francisco de Zurbaran


 Devoutly I Adore Thee (Adoro te devote)

O Godhead hid, devoutly I adore Thee,
Who truly art within the forms before me;
To Thee my heart I bow with bended knee,
As failing quite in contemplating Thee.

Sight, touch, and taste in Thee are each deceived;
The ear alone most safely is believed:
I believe all the Son of God has spoken,
Than Truth's own word there is no truer token.

God only on the Cross lay hid from view;
But here lies hid at once the Manhood too;
And I, in both professing my belief,
Make the same prayer as the repentant thief.

Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see;
Yet Thee confess my Lord and God to be:
Make me believe Thee ever more and more;
In Thee my hope, in Thee my love to store.

O thou Memorial of our Lord's own dying!
O Bread that living art and vivifying!
Make ever Thou my soul on Thee to live;
Ever a taste of Heavenly sweetness give.

O loving Pelican! O Jesu, Lord!
Unclean I am, but cleanse me in Thy Blood;
Of which a single drop, for sinners spilt,
Is ransom for a world's entire guilt.

Jesu! Whom for the present veil'd I see,
What I so thirst for, O vouchsafe to me:
That I may see Thy countenance unfolding,
And may be blest Thy glory in beholding. Amen.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, translated by E. Caswall

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spirit Radio Launches Today


Congratulations to all those involved in Spirit Radio. Today is a big day for them, and I hope and pray that it goes well. Spirit Radio hits the airwaves today at noon, January 27. The station is launching initially on FM in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford and will begin broadcasting on AM across the nation in 12-18 months’ time. You can tune in at FM in Dublin 89.9 - Limerick 89.8 - Galway 91.7 - Cork 90.9 - Waterford 90.1. If you are outside these areas you can listen online.



It is hard to believe that we are the last country in Europe to get a christian radio station. Spirit Radio promises to be Ireland’s new positive sound, and will play the best mix of contemporary positive and uplifting music. It sounds just like the tonic we need. So tune in to a a radio station that you can trust.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Fraternity in the News

The Fraternity of St Genesius has been mentioned in Catholic Ireland News. It was mentioned in a news story about the film The Rite which is due for release on January 28th. The film stars Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue who is a member of the fraternity.



We all enjoy the work of actors, actresses, directors, scriptwriters, artists, musicians and many others, on stage, in the cinema or on television, yet do we ever think of praying for them? Theatre and, most particularly, cinema and the media are the most powerful and influential institutions in the world today and are areas in which the Gospel must also be heard and lived. The Fraternity seeks to play its part in the renewal of culture chiefly through prayer and sacrifice. We would like to welcome you to join us in our mission of prayer and support.

Become a member of the fraternity and commit to pray for actors like Colin. They need our prayers.

Dominican Nuns Vocation Weekend



Vocation Weekends
Young women, interested in learning more about our contemplative way of life, are very welcome to visit us. Arrangements can also be made for those who wish to spend a weekend of prayer and reflection with us

These weekends are informal with the opportunity to experience the sung liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration - there is time to meet with some of the sisters - especially the younger sisters who share their vocation stories and try to respond to questions.


18th - 20th February 2011
1st - 3rd April 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Suicide

A Coroner in Tullamore has spoken out about the increasing grave situation of suicide in Ireland, describing the problem as “rampant” – particularly in rural areas.





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Decorating



This week our sitting room is finally getting a make over. Today I began painting the walls. I bought the paint, and brought it home, easy. I opened it. It looked fine. It looked just like the colour on the paint colour card. Then I began painting. After a few brush strokes, I think "this is darker than I thought". I continue and tell myself that it will get brighter as it dries. It didn't. It still looks dark. Is it too dark? Probably, but you can not bring an already open tin of paint back to the shop, so it's going on the walls. It will just have to do. Sure, it will be fine when it is finished. I console myself, by thinking that when the bookcases are put back, I will not see one wall, when I hang up the pictures, and put the sofa back, I will not see the other wall, the fireplace and mirror will hide most of the chimney breast, and the window takes up most of the final wall! What was the point? I should just have watched the telly!

Decorating Update

The man about the house has finished the first coat of paint, and all is well. It isn't too dark at all. :-)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Christians should be Consistent Online



 
 The Pope said when talking about Catholicism online it's important to be creative, but at the same time always respecting the depth of the message it conveys.

He has also called for the online profiles of Christians in social networks to be consistent with the Christian faith. Meaning their online preferences, choices and judgments are in line with the Gospel.


St Francis de Sales, pray for us

St Francis de Sales


"As often as you can during the day, recall your mind to the presence of God…. Consider what God is doing, what you are doing. You will always find God’s eyes fixed on you in unchangeable love. Our hearts should each day seek a resting-place on Calvary or near our Lord, in order to retire there to rest from worldly cares and to find strength against temptation. Remember frequently to retire into the solitude of your heart, even while you are externally occupied in business or society. This mental solitude need not be hindered even though many people may be around you, for they surround your body not your heart, which should remain alone in the presence of God. As David said, “My eyes are ever looking at the Lord.” We are rarely so taken up in our exchanges with others as to be unable from time to time to move our hearts into solitude with God." - Saint Francis de Sales


Texts by St Francis de Sales that can be read online. (Catholic Treasure)

INTRODUCTION TO A DEVOUT LIFE

Treatise on the Love of God




Prayer of Saint Francis de Sales

Lord, I am yours,
and I must belong to no one but you.
My soul is yours,
and must live only by you.
My will is yours,
and must love only for you.
I must love you as my first cause,
since I am from you.
I must love you as my end and rest,
since I am for you.
I must love you more than my own being,
since my being subsists by you.
I must love you more than myself,
since I am all yours and all in you.
AMEN.

from Treatise on the Love of God by Saint Francis de Sales

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Remember: Friday Prayer and Penance


William Bouguereau,
Compassion, 1897
Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Fr Gabriel Burke

I have added a blog to my Blog List. Fr Gabriel Burke a priest in Cork. It is good the see the Irish Catholic blog presence growing. So check him out!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus: New Image of St Genesius

Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus: New Image of St Genesius: "Last night the Fraternity celebrated Foundation Day with Mass in St Mary's Church, Drogheda. We had a good crowd, many of whom were members..."

Pope John Paul II to become Patron of the Fraternity of St Genesius


Join us as we pray for cultural renewal. http://www.stgenesius.com/


Yesterday was Foundation Day for The Fraternity of St Genesius.  Four years ago a group gathered in Drogheda and the Fraternity was founded. Fr John Hogan returned to St Mary's in Drogheda to celebrate Mass last night. A new painting of St Genesius was blessed, I presume Fr Hogan will have a photo on his blog Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus . It was also announced that the late Pope John Paul II will become patron of the Fraternity after his beatification. What great news!

Fr Hogan announced, "Having consulted with the members of the Council of the Fraternity and having their unanimous agreement, it is our intention that, after his beatification, the then Blessed John Paul II will be proclaimed the secondary patron of the Fraternity of St Genesius.

We also intend, in accordance with the general liturgical norms, to make a formal application to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to seek permission to allow the Fraternity celebrate the Blessed Pontiff's feast day. I would ask your prayers for the success of our request."


After Mass we also had the customary fraternity tea and buns in the parish centre. I was very restrained and ate some sandwiches and a meringue. My children on the other hand consumed huge quantities of meringues, buns, cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks, and as I type this, I am hoping and praying that no one throws up!

The Fraternity of St Genesius was founded in response to the call of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II for members of the Church to participate in the renewal of culture as part of the New Evangelisation. This renewal needs our prayer and sacrifice, and that's exactly what we're doing. We offer daily prayer and sacrifice for those involved in the area of cinema and theatre. Almost one thousand people in 14 different countries, now commit to daily prayer as members of the fraternity. We believe in the power of prayer, even though we may never know the effects of our prayers. I invite you to join us. Don't just complain about the negative influence of celebrities,  television, the movie industry, or the arts etc. instead do something, and pray with us! http://www.stgenesius.com/


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Visit the Pope

This is worth watching.



The CatholicTV® Network, is going inside the walls of the Vatican, into Pope Benedict XVI's private residence and capturing details of his daily life.

Join Father Robert Reed as he serves as a tour guide on the ultimate insider excursion. Stand feet away as The Holy Father vests and celebrates private morning Mass, sense the joy as he creates new bishops for the Church, sit at the table in the pope's private dining room, accompany the pope as he meets with Heads of State, be escorted by Swiss guards inside restricted areas and catch the pope's private moments right before his most public encounters.

Each year, millions of people jam St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus blessing of Pope Benedict. But none of them have ever been inside the pope's private study the minutes before he steps up to his study window to address the masses.Until now.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gestational Carriers, a world gome mad.


Aussie actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have announced the arrival of a new baby. My first reaction was, "I didn't know she was pregnant". (I confess to reading trash like "Hello" and "OK" while getting my hair done). I was right, she wasn't pregnant. She had a "gestational carrier". A what? Now I must admit that this is a new phase for me, and I don't like it, not one little bit. It doesn't even sound human. It is cold and clinical. I'm thinking "aircraft carriers" and "people carriers". It also neatly removes the word "mother" from the surrogate arrangement. Lately the world, seems to be changing very fast. Nothing is what it seems anymore. Too many definitions are being rewritten. Eggs, sperm and wombs should never be for sale or hire. The world has gone mad. May God have mercy on us. I like Erin Manning's reaction.
"Gestational carrier," you should note, is just a nicer way of saying "reproductive prostitute." But it doesn't change the reality.

Eventually wealthy, first-world women will get into the habit of paying poorer, third-world women to be pregnant for them. After all, pregnancy causes stretch marks, ugly varicose veins, and--horrors!--weight gain. Don't think that rich amoral women won't hesitate to exploit the poor women who desperately need the money the wealthy will pay for them to be living incubators. Don't think that this isn't going to turn very ugly, very fast.

The evil of treating children like bought-and-paid-for commodities is still in its infancy, and I'll denounce it regardless of whether same-sex or opposite sex couples are engaging in it. It's a terrible injustice and a hideous abortion of morality.
Well said Erin.

Prayer for Mercy
Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.


Pope John Paul II becomes a Patron of World Youth Day

Patrons of World Youth Day

Pope John Paul II,
St. Teresa of Avila,
St. Ignatius of Loyola,
St. Francis Xavier
St. Juan of the Cross

World Youth Day - Madrid 2011
_________________________________________

Pilgrimage with

Youth 2000 Ireland


CLOSING DATE 31ST JANUARY 2011
- LIMITED SPACES - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!!

_________________________________________


The Irish Dominicans are also organising a pilgrimage


_________________________________________

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Apostolic Visitation Continues.....


St John Marie Vianney, Prary for us

“What does the most persistent journalist who reports priestly evildoing have in common with St John Vianney, the holy Curé of Ars, patron of parish priests? They both expect priests to be holy.” - Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins, Speaking at a service of penitence and healing in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles 16th January 2011.

St Genesius Film Club: Film "Bella"

Do something different in 2011.

The St Genesius Film Club in Dublin will be screening "Bella" on Tuesday the 18th January at 7pm. This is a great pro-life movie. So if you live or work in the Dublin area, you are most welcome to come along. The club shows a film on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Admission is by donation. This months speaker will be Fr John Hogan, Father Director of The Fraternity of St Genesius, a priest of the Meath Diocese (him off the telly! EWTN). Please spread the word, especially you people with loads of friends on facebook.


Film: Bella
Venue: Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2
When: Tuesday 18th January 2011 at 7pm





A January Prayer


Dear Lord

So far this year I've done well.

I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.
...

Amen

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In Memoriam - composed by Bruno Coulais

Here is a beautiful piece of music. Contemporary music can be beautiful. The composer is Bruno Coulais. This piece is called In Memoriam and is part of the soundtrack of The Chorus (Les choristes) a 2004 French drama film directed by Christopher Barratier. The songs in the film were sung by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc.

Bruno  Coulais also composed the score for the animated film, The Secret of Kells, a film that I enjoyed watching over Christmas.

In this video we have two versions of the In Memoriam, the first with full orchestra and the second is a capella - in which you can appreciate the full richness and beauty of the music the boys are singing.



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Elmo and Andrea

Here is something different. We have a little Elmo in our house at the moment. She goes to bed, and sings and plays in the dark for at least an hour. In the morning she is up long before everyone else, singing and playing. On Friday morning she was in the hall, in front of the crib, singing songs to baby Jesus, in the dark. Then she ate her big sisters lunch for breakfast!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Official, Pope John Paul II will be Beatified on May 1st

Some good news for the weekend.

"This day January 14, 2011, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, during the audience granted EM. Mo Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decree on the miracle attributed to the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). This act ends the process that precedes the rite of beatification, the date will be decided by the Holy Father." (Vatican Press Office, complete text)

The beatification will take place on May 1st.






Biography of John Paul II

Friday Prayer and Penance

Prayer for the Church in Ireland


Christ on the Cross
Bartolome Esteban Murillo
 God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just waiting for Pope Benedict's signiture...

The beatification of John Paul II is just one step away. The cardinals of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle through the intercession of John Paul II. This is the necessary step before the Pope convenes the beatification.

Benedict XVI will meet in the coming days with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, for final approval of the miracle and the announcement date of the beatification. (Rome Reports)
I have been waiting to put up this video. It is a moving and powerful tribute to John Paul II by Catholic songwriter and evangelist, Mark Mallett, with Raylene Scarrott. I love it.



Song For Karol from Mark Mallett on Vimeo.



Prayer for the intercession of Pope John Paul II

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendour of the Spirit of love
He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.
Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore,
in the hope that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
Amen.

Lies from thinkcontraception.ie

From today, emergency contraception is available in Ireland without a prescription. What is emergency contraception and how does it work? I googled, and I found. Here is some info from the thinkcontraception.ie website. Yes, they are responsible for those horrible ads.
"Emergency Contraception: How does it work?
The tablet may stop or delay an egg being released (ovulation) or it may stop a fertilised egg settling in your womb (implantation). Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy and does not cause abortion. Abortion can only take place after a fertilised egg has implanted in the womb. People who believe that life begins when the egg is fertilised may not wish to use this method."


Spot the big fat lie in red. Why the need to tell lies? Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy, by stopping ovulation, but it will end a pregnancy if conception has occurred. That is called abortion.

When does life begin? Life begins at conception, life begins at fertilisation. Conception and fertilisation are two words that mean the same thing. Conception/ fertilisation happen when the egg (ovum) and sperm unite. Conception/fertilisation happen before implantation in the womb. Life begins before implantation, hence the problem with frozen embryos. So emergency contraception will cause an abortion, if conception has occurred. It prevents implantation and causes an abortion. That is what it is supposed to do. The embryo can not survive if it does not implant in the mothers womb, and dies. So emergency contraception causes abortion. It makes pregnant women, not pregnant anymore. Its simple, its science. So why the need to lie about it?


at conception/
fertilisation.

The Visitation has Begun

The Apostolic Visitation began last night in Drogheda. I let my husband go to the meeting, (how good of me!). He is in a blue shirt, looking up at the Cardinal. Read his initial report here.

Photo: Irish Times

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Apostolic Visitation Begins in Drogheda

The former archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor will attend the first public meeting of his apostolic visitation to the Armagh archdiocese in Drogheda this evening. The meeting will take place in the Westcourt Hotel at 7.30pm.

From the Armagh Diosocean Website
Public Meetings


As part of the Apostolic Visitation Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor will hold a number of public meetings in the Archdiocese. He hopes to begin these meetings with some input from himself and those accompanying him on the Visitation, followed by reflection, questions and comments from the floor, and ending with a period of prayer. People, Religious and Priests of the Archdiocese are all welcome to attend these public meetings. Details of these meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, January 11, 7.30pm Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Wednesday, January 12, 7.30pm Carrickdale Hotel, Carrikcarnon, Co. Louth
Thursday, January 13, 7.30pm Armagh City Hotel, Armagh
Friday, January 14, 7.30pm Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Pants, the Morning After Pill and Abortion?

Shocking abortion figures are usually followed by a demand for better sex education. Education is not the issue. Most 10 year olds could tell you how babies are made. There are no guaranteed ways of having sex without making babies, simple as that, nature will not be controlled.

Unfortunately, we have arrived at the point where abortion has become the new contraception in some cultures (e.g. New York, where 40% of all babies are aborted). What sort of world do we live in? This is simply crazy! The "Morning After Pill" will now be available in Boots (high street pharmacy, no doctor needed) in Ireland, from Wednesday, so how long will it be before we too are killing 40% of our unborn children? May God have mercy on us.

It is very easy to from using the contraceptive pill, to using the morning after pill. The pill can cause an abortion, by preventing implantation. If conception has occurred the morning after pill, or emergency contraception will cause an abortion. Abortion kills a baby, this is simply wrong. Killing a baby is never good, never acceptable, never. Abortion is never a solution.

The Catholic Church has always taught that abortion and contraception are wrong, mind you I haven't heard these teachings very often. Fr Vincent Twomey taught an excellent course on Marriage and Sexuality while I was in Maynooth. Just what you would expect from a Pontifical University.  But I would imagine that a significant number of Irish catholics, under a certain age, have never heard any  church teaching on marriage and sexuality. Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus did his bit while in Drogheda, and once I heard a priest in Letterkenny preach on the issue. I know that it is very hard to reach people on these issues. But we must at least try.
For Christian witness to be effective, especially in these delicate and controversial areas, it is important that special efforts be made to explain properly the reasons for the Church's position, stressing that it is not a case of imposing on non-believers a vision based on faith, but of interpreting and defending the values rooted in the very nature of the human person. NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE, POPE JOHN PAUL II


Below is a video that provides a simple solution. If you are married and want to learn about Natural Family Planning, (which does work) visit http://www.naomi.ie/ or http://www.naturalfamilyplanning.ie/
 
 


Monday, January 10, 2011

Shocking Statistics

In New York city, 59.8% of pregnant non-hispanic black woman aborted their babies in 2009.

20% of all young British women used the morning after pill last year.



at CONCEPTION

"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." 

"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."
Mother Teresa


Silence at last!

My children talk too much, (an understatement if ever there was one), they simply love the sound of their own voices. I love the sound of their little voices too, but not all the time. My need for silence is much, much greater than my children's. Some of them don't seem to need it at all. So after too many snow days, which seemed to significantly extend the Christmas holidays, I was very very, happy to drive them to school this morning.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Baptism of Our Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord,
by Murillo
 
Catechism of the Catholic Church
 
Christ's Baptism
1223 All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan. After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
1224 Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness." Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."
1225 In his Passover Christ opened to all men the fountain of Baptism. He had already spoken of his Passion, which he was about to suffer in Jerusalem, as a "Baptism" with which he had to be baptized. The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life. From then on, it is possible "to be born of water and the Spirit" in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

See where you are baptized, see where Baptism comes from, if not from the cross of Christ, from his death. There is the whole mystery: he died for you. In him you are redeemed, in him you are saved.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Prayer and Penance

Remember, our prayers and penance are essential in the healing and reform of the Church in Ireland.





The Virgin Mary, John the Baptist & the Child Jesus
by William Bouguereau

        
 Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Epiphany of the Lord

Adoration of the Magi,
by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

 

Epiphany Prayer

Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith. Help us to desire You as ardently as they did. Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You. May we, like them, have something to give You when we appear before You. Mary, Our Mother, help us to know Your Son. Amen.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Will the Wise Men approve?

Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior give the new
"National Directory for Catechesis" the once over.


I see that “SHARE THE GOOD NEWS”, The National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland, was launched today. I have not seen a copy yet, and I am trying to be positive. Hopefully it will not be full of fluff. We have had enough fluff!




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