Monday, February 28, 2011

The Truth About Abortion in New York

Pic: thatsabortion.com
Fact: African American children are under attack in New York City. In 2009, 59.8% of black pregnancies in NYC ended in abortion. There were 40,798 induced abortions compared to 27,405 live births.

News: The billboard picture on the left was put up in New York, but it was removed after complaints. The billboard, 29 feet high and 16 feet wide, was erected on Feb. 18, and it had been scheduled to be up for at least three weeks, but was removed Feb. 25th.  Apparently staff in the restaurant below the billboard were harassed by people who objected to the message.

As Jack Nicholson said in the movie A Few Good Men, "YOU CAN'T NOT HANDLE THE TRUTH". Yes, the message is provocative, but it is based on fact.  Our world is in trouble, and we need to hear things that make us feel uncomfortable. Sin and evil are ugly, but we can not hide their reality. Hiding the truth does not make it go way.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Remember to Vote for Life

Friday Prayer and Penance

Election day 2011. Our country is in need of our prayers and penance today. So do your bit!

The Taking of Christ,
Carravagio,

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, February 24, 2011

The Anthem of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress


The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin from the 10th – 16th June 2012. I can just picture us all sitting in the rain in the main arena at the RDS, and in Croke Park, singing Though We Are Many, the official anthem for the event. Note to self: next time you see decent rain gear, buy it! Click on the Radio Boo link below to listen.
 
 

Listen!

Though We Are Many - (Bernard Sexton)

Though we are many, we are one body,
we who come to share this living bread;
Cup of salvation, shared among all nations,
nourishing us now and evermore.

1. We gather in this place
round the table of the Lord.
Christ's presence is revealed
in our communion and his Living Word.

2. Now our communion recalls
Christ's death and resurrection.
This living sacrifice
is our salvation now and evermore.

3. And through this shared Eucharist
we are the living Church.
We witness to Christ's love
His living body active in our world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quotes from an Archbishop

Here are some quotes from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin about the Irish Church. Depressing reading indeed.

"The good-old-days of traditional mid-twentieth century Irish Catholicism may in reality not have so good and healthy after all."

"For many the sacraments are the social events of a civil religion rather than celebrations of the Church."

"Young Irish people are among the most catechised in Europe but apparently among the least evangelized."

"Probably my greatest discouragement as Archbishop of Dublin comes from the failure of interaction between the Church and young people. I visit parishes where I encounter no young people. I enquire what is being done to attract young people to parish life and the answers are vague. "


-from address by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to theCambridge Group for Irish Studies, Magdalene College, Cambridge



Lead me to the Cross - Hillsongs

Monday, February 21, 2011

Divine Mercy and Satanic Possession

Yesterday was in a sense, a day of extremes. It began with the Divine Mercy Conference and ended with a movie The Rite, a film about exorcism and possession.

The day began at the Divine Mercy Conference in the RDS, Dublin. Six merry little helpers worked tirelessly recruiting members for The Fraternity of St Genesius. We had a great time. Today I am hoarse, and is it any wonder, I never talked so much in my life. It was great to engage with so many people of faith, and share their stories, and a big "Welcome" to all our new members, who have made the commitment to pray each day for those working in cinema, theatre and the arts. Deo Gratia.

I didn't really know what to expect from the Irish film premiere of the film The Rite. It was after all my first premiere. There was a red carpet, and the usual Irish TV celebs were in attendance. It was a strange mix of people, those looking very glamorous and those in jeans and t-shirts! "Welcome to the Savoy, Drogheda", the opening line of the night got a great laugh. Colin O'Donoghue, Ciaran Hynes and Matt Baglio (author of the book The Rite) were in attendance. We had a few words of welcome from Colin, and then it was down to business.

The film was excellent, and so was Colin. He played the apathetic, unbelieving seminarian as only an Irish man could. Colin was well able to hold his own beside the big screen giant Anthony Hopkins, and he should be very proud of his performance.  The film opened with the following quote, which impressed me.

The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world.”  - Pope John Paul II
Don't worry, I will not spoil the plot. The subject matter of this film is serious, (the devil is real and he can possess you whether you believe in him or not!). I suppose that things really do not get anymore serious than being possessed by the devil! The issue of evil was treated with respect and taken seriously. I had recently spent some time with an exorcist, so I was up to date on my awareness of all things diabolical. Unfortunately we live in an age that does not believe that the devil exists, and thankfully this film challenges that assumption. I would hope that many of those present in the cinema, journeyed with the doubting seminarian Michael Kovak played by O'Donoghue. I don't often pray that people will believe that the devil exists, but maybe I should?
 






Does a thief or a burglar turn on the lights when he’s robbing your house? No. He prefers you to believe he’s not there. Like the Devil. ~Father Lucas
This film is definitely worth seeing, and I will hopefully get to see it again. The film is less frightening than the trailer suggests. I heard no screams in the cinema, people did jump on occasion, but not me, I had my St Benedict medal in my handbag!


Prayer

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Text of New Transltion of Mass Online

Thanks to Fr John Hogan for this tip off. Wikispooks has the entire text of the new translation of the Mass online. (Click here) Enjoy!

Watch the Divine Mercy Conference Online

The Divine Mercy conference is on this weekend in Dublin. If you can not make it to the conference you can watch it online at the following websites.

http://www.divinemercyconference.com/

http://www.churchservices.tv/live/divinemercy/

I will be in the RDS tomorrow, at The Fraternity of St Genesius stand. So if you are there, drop by and say hello.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Event : Talk on St Teresa of Avila, Dublin

Third talk in a series, on the patrons of World Youth Day, and the saint is  St. Teresa of Avila,
8pm, Tuesday 22nd of February,
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Hall,
20 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1.

World Youth Day is taking place in Madrid, Spain from August 16th - 21st. As we make this journey, we come together before Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, and pray for the pilgrimage to bear fruit in our lives and in the lives of all the participants.

In the third of a series of talks on the Patron Saints of World Youth Day, Fr Simon Nolan O. Carm will speak about the life of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church - teacher and model of prayer, and a wonderful example of one of the patron saints of World Youth Day.

Join us for an evening of prayer, music, reflection & chat organised by young people for young people! Followed by tea & refreshments!
Young people aged 16-35 are very welcome, please invite a friend!!

For further information join us on Facebook or contact Patrick 087 6982547

http://www.youth2000.ie/events/697-talks-on-the-patron-saints-of-wyd-dublin.html

Remember Your Friday Prayer and Penance for the Church in Ireland

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, February 17, 2011

Some Louth Candidates respond on the issue of embryos and abortion

On the 12th Feb I used the prolifecampaign website to send an email to the candidates in my constituency. Below I have posted a copy of the e-mail send by the prolife campaign, and the responses that I have received to date. If you have not done so, I would encourage you to send a virtual postcard from the Prolife Campaign website. The candidates need you to tell them how important this issue is. I have added a few words in red (surnames and party affiliation).

_________________________________________________________________________
From: Caroline McCamley [mailto:carolinemccamley@gmail.com]
Sent: 12 February 2011 21:30

To: sinnfein@irlnet.com; declan.breathnach@louthcoco.ie; mary.moran@votelabour.ie; thomas@thomasclare.com; skirk@mail.com; Fergus.odowd@finegael.ie; james.carroll@oireachtas.ie; frank@frankgodfrey.ie; mark.dearey@oireachtas.ie; Thomas@thomasclare.com

Subject: Protection of Human Life

Dear Candidate,

New polls show a substantial majority oppose abortion and support legal protection of the human embryo [1].Ireland, without abortion, is the safest place in the world for pregnant women
[2].I believe democracy is built on respect for every human being, particularly the most vulnerable.

In the General Election, I intend only voting for candidates and parties who commit to opposing abortion legislation and supporting legal protection of the human embryo.

Yours sincerely,
Caroline McCamley.

Here are my details.
Name: Caroline McCamley

Email: carolinemccamley@gmail.com
Address: *****************Drogheda Co. Louth

[1] Millward Brown/Lansdowne, Market Research (2010)
[2] Report on Maternal Mortality by World Health Organisation,UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank (2007,2010)
_________________________________________________________________________
Hi Caroline
Thank you for your email of today.
Out of courtesy and common sense I am copying my
Reply to several other people who have emailed in similar vein.

First off, I would respectfully ask you to retain your vote for some
other candidate who may think fit to negotiate an electoral preference
at the cost of this very basic and moral issue.

I feel that I have high ethical standards and I certainly have strong
Religious belief and while the polls indicate my electoral strenght
have no intention of winning any seat at the expenses of my conscience in any way.

Some of your support group know me very well and perhaps you could obtain
Character reference from them if you so wish.

On a separate note entirely I sincerely wish you well .
Thomas Clare, Independent
_______________________________________________________________________
Dear Caroline,
As you may be aware Fine Gael is a pro life party. I am also of the view
that unborn babies should be protected by the state.

Kind Regards
Fergus O'Dowd, Fine Geal
________________________________________________________________________
Caroline
I personally would be pro-life.
Regards
Frank Godfrey Independent
_________________________________________________________________________
Dear Caroline
I wish to acknowledge receipt of email of 12th February, regarding
protection to the human embryos.

The Ceann Comhairle was grateful to receive your correspondence and notes
its contents. In view of the impartiality of his Constitutional office and
given his role as sole judge of order in the House, the Ceann Comhairle is
precluded from becoming involved in issues that are political in nature.
However, the Ceann Comhairle will bring your correspondence to the
attention of the Minister for Health, Mary Coughlan for her direct
response.

Kind regards,
_________________
Brendan Conroy
Private Secretary
To the Ceann Comhairle
Seamus Kirk, Fianna Fail

The Iona Institute | 16 Feb 11 Where the parties stand on family, marriage, education

Here is some information on where our political parties stand on some issues that matter.
The Iona Institute 16 Feb 11 Where the parties stand on family, marriage, education

God's Rainbow

Today in the Old Testament reading from Genesis we have the rainbow, "I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth." And since I am in the mood for a song, I give you two rainbow songs, Somewhere over the Rainbow and A Wonderful World, sung by Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole.




Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another Sad Day for Ireland


at conception

We can now end the life of an unborn child for as little as €9.99. The Irish Medicines Board has ruled to allow the sale of a morning after pill without prescription in all pharmacies. From yesterday the drug, NorLevo, can be sold over the counter in all pharmacies. Pharmacies are free to set their own price for the drug, with some outlets having prices as low as €9.99. The drug can prevent conception, but it will also end a pregnancy, it will end the unborn child's life by preventing implantation. Remember life begins at conception!

Unfortunately this ruling will lead to more abortions, and will essentially drive the campaign for abortion on demand in Ireland. More contraception means more risk taking, which results in more pregnancies, which result in increased abortion. This is a sad but proven fact. Proof below.

 
A Study Published in Jan 2011 (Read Full Study)
Trends in the use of contraceptive methods and voluntary interruption of pregnancy in the Spanish population during 1997–2007
Background
This study was designed to acquire information about the use of contraceptive methods in order to reduce the number of elective abortions.

Study Design
Since 1997, representative samples of Spanish women of childbearing potential (15–49 years) have been surveyed by the Daphne Team every 2 years to gather data of contraceptive methods used.

Results
During the study period, 1997 to 2007, the overall use of contraceptive methods increased from 49.1% to 79.9%. The most commonly used method was the condom (an increase from 21% to 38.8%), followed by the pill (an increase from 14.2% to 20.3%). Female sterilization and IUDs decreased slightly and were used by less than 5% of women in 2007. The elective abortion rate increased from 5.52 to 11.49 per 1000 women.

To complain to the Irish Medicines Board phone 01 6764971, 6764976

Email: imb@imb.ie



For help with a crisis pregnancy go to http://www.cura.ie/

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

€10 St Brendan Coin

On February 15th the Central Bank of Ireland launched a limited edition €10 coin celebrating St Brendan the Navigator. The coin is available to buy at a cost of €38.


The coin is the work of graphic artist Michael Guilfoyle and is part of the continuing “EUROPA” series. The obverse depicts St. Brendan and his group of monks sailing West in a “curragh” (a wood-framed boat covered in sewn ox-hides) across the Atlantic towards the Americas. The rolling waves of the Atlantic have been stylized to form a traditional Irish interwoven pattern reflecting St. Brendan’s Irish heritage. Other elements of the Legend of St. Brendan have been added to the design to further tell the story of his epic voyage; the whale’s tail and the volcano both allude to incidents and sights recorded in the story of the celebrated Irish Saint’s voyage to the Americas. The stars above the boat allude to early navigation methods whilst also signifying this coin’s celebration of European explorers.


Fraternal Correction


I attend a Lectio Divina group each Tuesday morning at 11am at the Dominican Church in Drogheda. This Lectio group began last Lent, so we have now passed the one year mark. We read, reflect and pray using the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass. I really love this hour each Tuesday morning. It is great to experience the power of the Word of God working in a group. This morning we happened upon the tricky issue of fraternal correction, arising from a line in Leviticus.

"You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself."  (Lev 19:17)
I came home an googled and here is the most accessible article I found. It is from an anonymous blog called Catholic Wisdom.

Fraternal Correction
One of the hardest things to practise is fraternal correction. Today, few people are well-disposed to receiving correction from their brothers in Christ. And yet, the Scriptures tell us that we are to correct one another, so as to lead our brother who has strayed back to the Truth.

Fraternal correction is a mystery of Charity. The only legitimate reason for correcting our brother who has gone astray (be it in sin or in heresy) is that we want to see him obtain salvation. Charity seeks the good of the other, and the ultimate good of each one of us is the Eternal Vision of God in the world to come.

But fraternal correction is also linked to Truth, not just to Charity. As our Holy Father says, we are to practise Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate). The two are intrinsically linked. This is because the God who said, “I am the Truth” (Jn 14:6) is the same God of whom it is written, “God is Charity” (Deus Caritas Est) (I Jn 4:8). Truth helps me to see objectively that what my brother is doing is wrong, contrary to the Law of God. And Charity helps me to correct him so as to bring him back to the path that is pleasing to Our Lord, and hence to Salvation.

But the way in which I correct my brother is very important. Fraternal correction should always be done with gentleness, with humility. The man who puffs himself up with pride when he corrects his brother is on the path to perdition, for pride is the greatest of all sins. I should be correcting my brother because I love him and want him to convert and return to God; not because I love to see the speck in his eye while failing to see the beam that is in my own.

It is good to pray before correcting one’s brethren. We must always ask God to enlighten us, and to let us know whether fraternal correction in a particular case is the best way to go. It is, ultimately, the Holy Spirit who corrects through us, and so the decision of whether or not to correct my brother should also come from him.

One of the great saints used to weep whenever he corrected one of his brothers. He knew that he had to let his brother know the truth about how destructive his behaviour was. But it was still hard to do the correction, because he could see the hurt it caused his brother. And so he wept. He did the right thing, but the right thing is not always easy to do. Nonetheless, he did it, out of love.

We are all members of the Mystical Body of Christ, and so we should not be afraid to receive fraternal correction from our brethren. If they do it with humility, it is because they love us and want us to obtain the gift of Salvation in the end. Like a mother who gently corrects her son who is going astray, so too we must gently correct one another and bring them back to the Truth of God.

Holy Mother Church too corrects her children, not because she wants to see them condemned; on the contrary, it is because she loves them, and wants to lead them into God more fully. Lies and God cannot co-exist, just like hatred and God cannot go together. And so, the Church gently corrects those who are in error, so as to dispose them to receive God more fully.

During this Sacred Season of Lent, therefore, let us learn how to correct one another gently and humbly, and let us never turn away from our brethren who correct us. Truth and Charity must always be present in such fraternal correction in order for it to be authentically Christian. Truth without Charity is not Christian; but neither is a false Charity without Truth. God is Truth, and God is Charity. For us to be fully alive in God, therefore, both must exist within our soul.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Event Reminder


The St Genesius Film Society's Screening of

The Human Experience

on TUESDAY 15th FEBRUARY at 7pm.

Knights of St Columbanus, Ely House,
8 Ely Place (Off St Stephen's Green),
Dublin 2

With a talk by Fr Paulus, CFR (Moyross)


All Welcome
Come along and bring a friend



"Christianizing" Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin,
by David Teniers III

I know that today is the feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, patrons of Europe, but for most people it is St Valentine's Day. Saint Valentine was a Roman martyr, but his martyrdom has long been forgotten, and instead he has become a modern day "cupid". In todays world both St Valentine and love have been sold short.

Some mock this day, I know that it  has been tainted by commercialism and tackiness. I have no problem with chocolates, flowers and teddybears. But I grimaced today, as I was doing my grocery shopping, at the "seedy" lingerie that greeted me as I went to my local supermarket in search of bread and milk. We should not abandon this celebration of romantic love. We need to reclaim it. This day needs christians to reclaim it. This celebration of romanitc love needs needs our witness.

Today is a day to celebrate love. The children have brought home candle holders, pictures and cards from school. Love is in the air, and we have been blowing kisses to each other all day. I will cook a nice dinner, and we will sit down as a family and give thanks. I thank God that I know He loves me. I thank God that I have found love in my life. I thank God for my husband, and my children. Today I pray for those who are seeking love, (especially those looking in all the wrong places). I pray for those who feel unloved. I pray for those who are struggling in their marriages. Lord help us to love. St Valentine, pray for us.

Happy St Valentine's Day

Beautiful One

For St Valentine's Day:
 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Computer Virus


The Spywase virus appears on your computer like this.
This is the virus and not your computer,  so do not follow its prompts.


Last night my computer managed to get infected with the "Spyware Protection Virus", the  W32.Blaster.Worm. It appeared on my computer like an official virus protection program, complete with what looks like a Microsoft shield etc. What I want to know is how did I manage to get it when my McAfee virus protection was up to date? McAfee could not even detect the virus! Removevirus.org had a video that thankfully talked me through the removal process. But what a waste of an hour!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Send a virtual postcard to your local General Election candidates





I just came across this excellent initiative.

Do you want to let your local general election candidates know your prolife views. This could not be easier. Go to http://www.prolifecampaign.ie/virtualpostcard/ , select your constituency, and just fill in your details. This is a simple, effective way for you to play a real part in sending a strong and united message to our politicians, urging them to protect human life at all stages.

Thank You ProlifeCampaign

Some Election Reading


David Quinn has an excellent piece in the Independent. Here is the link.

David Quinn: Any vote for the Labour Party is a vote for abortion


"At a minimum, neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fail is setting out to do harm to the poor and the sick, whereas Labour's policy on abortion would do very deliberate harm to the unborn. That is not a prudential judgement. That is a fact. "


Well done David.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Prayer and Penance for the Church in Ireland

 

Lamentation by Pietro Lorenzetti,
Assisi Basilica, 1310–1329

  
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.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us

The Rosary Basilica, Lourdes


Prayer
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; look with mercy upon me. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. Through gratitude for your favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory. Amen.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saint Scholastica, pray for us



Prayer
O God, to show us where innocence leads, you made the soul of your virgin Saint Scholastica soar to heaven like a dove in flight. Grant through her merits and her prayers that we may so live in innocence as to attain to joys everlasting. This we ask through our Lord.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Grassroots Films New World Youth Day Video

Grassroots Films have made some excellent short web videos. Ordination 2009 from nypriest.com is probably my favourite. Here is another for World Youth Day 2011.

St Genesius Film Society
Event reminder: The Human Experience (Grassroots Films), will be showing at 7pm on Tue 15th Feb., Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2.




Veils in Church?

Fr Z's latest poll has caught my eye. You do not have to be registered to take part. So go visit Fr Z. I have included a copy of the results at the time I voted. My choice is in bold. I am not a head covering sort of person. I have only been an EF Mass twice, and was not overly impressed by either celebration, (and yes I do acknowledge good liturgy is not about impressing me). I really wanted to love it but I didn't. What made the greatest impression though was the attitudes of the congregation (after mass obviously). Generally I found them intolerant, overbearing and controlling, (sounds just like me!), okay I obviously didn't speak to everybody, but those I did  speak with had no "beauty". I also do not like the overly simplistic "EF good/Novus Ordo bad" view that some traddies have. I grew up with beautiful Novus Ordo liturgy at St Eunans Cathedral in Letterkenny. A blog comes to mind - "Love the Tradition- Loathe the Traddies"


Take part in the poll at WDTPRS POLL: Should women wear head-coverings in church?



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fr Vincent Twomey repsonds to the Association of Catholic Priests

Fr Vincent Twomey has an excellent letter in todays Irish Times.

Visitors

According to Blogger the St Genesius Blog has had 40,413 visitors. This is where they came from. Thank you for visiting.


The Story of St Josephine Bakhita



"If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today…" - Saint Josephine Bakhita


Prayer for the canonization of Saint Josephine

O God, Father of mercy, you have given us Blessed Josephine Bakhita as a “universal sister”, an evangelical model of humble faith and ardent charity. Grant also to us the will to believe and to love in the spirit of the gospel, and listen favorably to the prayers of those who ask for intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. -

Monday, February 7, 2011

Of Gods and Men wins Catholic Award

SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media has awarded Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) the first Prize for Best European Film of 2010. The film is currently showing at the Lighthouse cinema in Dublin.

Inspired by the tragic fate of French monks in the Algerian village of Tibhirine, the young French director, Xavier Beauvois, has chosen to tell this true story, not as an ordinary docudrama, but as a work of art of reflection and introspection. This artistic choice makes Des hommes et des Dieux a spiritual meditation marked by tension, suspense and austerity.

Another Year (by Mike Leigh - UK) took the runner-up position. In third place was Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas (Popieluszko. You Can’t Kill Hope) by Rafal Wieczynski (Poland); in fourth place, Un homme qui crie (by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun - France-Belgium-Chad) and in fifth place Mahler auf der Couch (by Felix O. Adlon & Percy Adlon - Germany-Austria). The winning film was chosen after two voting rounds in which the 26 SIGNIS Europe national member associations participated.

SIGNIS Europe is one of the six regions of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media. Every year SIGNIS Europe awards a prize for the best European film of the year. The purpose of this prize is to promote and to create interest for those European films which emerge because of their cinematographic quality as well as for the value of the subject of the film.

  


St Mel, pray for us

Sorry this is late, I seem to be having trouble scheduling posts at the moment.

St Mel,
St Mel's College, Longford


St Mel was a nephew of St Patrick, and he gave the veil to St Brigid. It may seem strange that many saints knew other saints, but when you think of it, it makes sense. Disciples beget disciples, and saints beget saints.

Other saint companions/friends:

St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal
St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac
St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi
St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross
St John Bosco and St Dominic Savio

Friday, February 4, 2011

Remember Your Friday Prayer and Penance

 
The Crowning of Christ with the Crown of Thorns
 Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria


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, February 3, 2011

Deciding you don't before you say 'I do'

With contributions from Tom and Jacki Ascough
Therese and Patrick McCrystal
and David Kavanagh
The Irish Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2011
by BRIAN O'CONNELL

St Blaise and the Goldfish Bowl?




Mary came out of school all excited, "I got my throat blessed". As we walked to the car she told me about St Blaise. He was a kind and helpful doctor, who saved a child who nearly died because it had a goldfish bowl stuck in its throat! I said " you mean, a fish bone?", she insisted, " no a bowl", and with a puzzled look on her face she says, "but I don't know how St Blaise got the bowl out?" Now for a more reliable source. 
The Acts of St. Blaise, written in Greek, are medieval. The legend is given by E.-H. Vollet, in the Grande Encyclopédie as follows:

Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to prison, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured straight away. Regardless, the governor, unable to make Blaise renounce his faith, beat him with a stick, ripped his flesh with iron combs, and beheaded him.

The formula for the blessing of throats

Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr,
may God free you from illness of the throat and from any
other sort of ill. In the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Dominican Nuns Drogheda

Sr Mary Cathy recieves her Dominican habit

On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which is World Day for Consecrated Life, the Dominican Nuns at the Monastery of St Catherine of Siena in Drogheda had something else to celebrate. Sr Mary Cathy recieved her Dominican habit. Congratulations Sister! Read full story on Dominican Nuns Blog.

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18th - 20th February 2011
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It's Catholic Schools Week

‘Catholic Schools - Rooted in Jesus Christ’

This should be a great week to be a child in a Catholic school, as it is Catholic Schools week. Here is what is happening at the schools which my children attend.

Teresa (age 3), attends preschool. On Monday, she heard the story of St Brigid. She got all annoyed when she came home as she could not remember where St Brigid was born, and I was not allowed to help in the matter at all, as she wanted to remember all by herself! On St Brigid's Day she made (with a lot of assistance from her very patient teacher) a paper St Brigid's cross. Mary (age 5) on Monday she was told a story about St Brigid. On St Brigid's day she heard another story, but she assures me  that it was indeed the same St Brigid. The older girls in her school all went to Mass. Just what I like to hear! Patrick (age 8) heard the story of St Brigid and make a paper St Brigid's cross. His class went to Mass. Michael (age 11) also went to Mass with his class on St Brigid's day. No bad at all. I'm sure the atheists are well annoyed!

Yesterday morning in the car, I announced that it is the Feast of the Presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple. I did my bit and told the story of the Presentation, and as part of our morning prayers we prayed that decade of the rosary on the way to school. But when the children returned from school that afternoon, I was informed that it was actually "Grandparents day". What? No it wasn't? According to Google "grandparents day" is in September. (By the way I do think grandparents are great!) I do some further checking and discover that this is coming from "Catholic Schools Week". If you check out the resources over at the Irish Bishops website you will find 4 pages of resources for grandparents day (p.22-26). There are no resources for the feast of the Presentation. And you can not fault a busy teacher for following the program. Why do they do things like this? Why in the middle of Catholic Schools Week do they try and turn  a beautiful Catholic feast day into something else? Why? Why? Why? It is just wrong. Excuse me while I  S-C-R-E-A-M.
Today is the feast of St Blasie, and I presume that my three older children will get their throats blessed in school.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Presentation of the Lord

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple,
Rembrandt van Rijn

‘You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’ Luke 2:34

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Discussion on Preparations for the Eucharistic Congress

Some people are expressing their concerns about the preparation for our pending Eucharistic Congress over at Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus. Check out the comment box.

Pray this Beautiful Litany to St Brigid. Pray it for our poor Irish Church.


This old litany is of unknown origin. I found it over at catholicculture.org  It seems very relevant. We really need the intercession of St Brigid for our sad, pathetic little Church in Ireland. (And I'm referring to all of us!) My favourite bits are in bold.

St Brigid
Harry Clarke


Litany of Saint Brigid of Kildare
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of virgins, Pray for us.
Saint Brigid, Pray for us.
Mary of the Gael, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, Patroness of Ireland, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, shining light of virtue and sanctity, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, consecrated spouse of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, foundress of Kildare, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, cornerstone of the monastic institute in the Isle of Saints, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, great model of Irish virgins, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, mother of religious, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, pattern of religious perfection, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, intercessor for the Irish Church, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, mediatrix for the Irish race, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, protectress of the holy faith planted by Saint Padrig, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, enjoying with him the clear vision of God, Pray for us.
St. Brigid, whose one desire was to satisfy the poor, drive out hardship, and spare every miserable man, Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, O glorious Saint Brigid:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, Who dost rejoice with the memory of the blessed Saint Brigid, Thy virgin and abbess, mercifully grant that we may be assisted by her merits, by whose chastity we are illumined. Through Jesus Christ Thy Son Our Lord.
R. Amen.


(Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944)
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