Sunday, July 31, 2011

John Watters on the Norris Story

Listen to John Watters on Newstalk on Sunday discussing the Norris controversy. This is the most sane debate that I have heard in regard to this story. Around 20 minutes in John give a great blast. Well done John. He was so good I even sent him an e-mail!

I tried to embedd, but it would not allow me, so here is the link.

Read "Jackanory"

My husband "Catholicus", brilliant as ever, read his latest blog post.

Friday, July 29, 2011

More on Fine Gael and "Association of Catholic Priests"

One Big Fat Irish Mess that gets worse with every passing day!
I just don't get this country, one minute they are calling for the separation of church and state and then this??

Eucharistic Congress should be postponed - Keane

Source Fine Gael website
Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South West, Cáit Keane, has today (Wednesday) called for the postponement of the Eucharistic Congress, one of the largest liturgical events in the Catholic Church, which is due to take place in the Phoenix Park next June.

Speaking in the Seanad yesterday (Tuesday), Senator Keane said: ‘In light of the findings of the Cloyne report, I support the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland’s request to postpone this event as I believe it is not an appropriate time for an event such as the Eucharistic Congress to take place in this country.

“I believe that everyone will be better served, given the sensitivities around the findings of this report, that it be held at a later date.

“The Association has over five hundred ordinary priests as members in this country who are not afraid to speak out on the injustices and wrongdoings in the Church, and we must support their efforts to stand up and be counted.”

Things just seem to get worse with every passing day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Do you believe him?

Please write to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and complain about his appalling "rant" against the Church. I know the Church has failed, but his speech was simply out of order. It was disgraceful. It was the speech of an angry teenager. In demonising the Church, he demonised me, and every other Irish Catholic who is trying to do their best. I am a Catholic, and I am proud to be a Catholic, no matter how much hatred Enda Kenny manages to drum up.  Shame on you Enda!

Enda was in Donegal yesterday at the McGill Summer School and according to him, "I’ve had several hundred messages from parish priests around this country who said ‘it’s about time somebody spoke out like this." I find it hard to believe that several hundred parish priests have contacted Enda since Wednesday 20th July (just four days ago).

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sheep seeking Shepherd

I am in Donegal at the moment, visiting my family, so the blog has been quiet. So much has been happening within the Irish Church of late, and unfortunately every anti-catholic person in Ireland has been having a field day. I am almost glad I do not have the time to attempt a response on any of it. Our Church is on its knees and all around are giving it a good kicking. I was shocked and saddened, but not surprised by our Taoiseach's rant against the Church, and the pathetic media frenzy that followed, celebrating the new "mature" Ireland. But most of all I am annoyed by the silence, yes the SILENCE of our shepherds, our bishops. I keep waiting for one of them to say something. Where are you guys? On holidays??? Could at least one of our bishops attempt to lead the catholics in Ireland at this difficult time? Your people need leadership. I need leadership. Please lead! P-L-E-A-S-E!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Darnel or wheat?

The 31st Dáil

 "Let them both grow till the harvest;
and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers:
First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt,
then gather the wheat into my barn.”

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I place Ireland in your hands

This morning I ask Our Lady of Mount Carmel to interceed for our struggling Irish Church.

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein You are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand Your power.
O show me herein You are my Mother.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
O show me herein You are my Mother.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
O show me herein You are my Mother.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Sweet Mother, I place Ireland in Your hands.
Sweet Mother, I place Ireland in Your hands.
Sweet Mother, I place Ireland in Your hands.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Seal of Confession Under threat

"It is a crime for a confessor in any way to betray a penitent by word or in any other manner or for any reason." Canon Law

The attack on Catholicism has gathered pace in Ireland in the last while. Last week they were threatening to seize church assets, this week it is the seal of confession. I wonder what they have in mind for next week?The seal of the confession is under attack. Our politicians want mandatory reporting of sexual abuse which is confessed. But a priest can not break the seal, no matter what! If a priest breaks the seal of confession he is automatically ex-communicated.

Priests have died to protect the seal, and yet our bishops are silent. Could one of our Church leaders please say something?

Please feel free to share the "Protect the Seal" image above.

Remember to do 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.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ask HSE to Cancel Pro-Abortion 'Masterclass" has made this easy for us. Simply fill in your contact details and tick the relevant boxes. Click here to go to their website.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tax payers money being wasted on "Termination Masterclasses" at Maynooth

Pat Buckley can be relied upon to bring to our attention all sorts of bad news, that will require some action from us.

Health services are bing cut across the country, and yet the HSE seems to have the money waste on "masterclasses".  At the NUI in Maynooth you can sign up to a masterclass on "Termination of pregnancy: a lawful choice". Someone would need to tell the HSE that abortion is indeed against the law in this country!

Please complain.

St Benedict, pray for us

Today is the feast of St Benedict. I carry a St Benedict Medal in my purse, I can not remember where exactly I got it, but when I see it, I think "protection from the Devil". Below is a more detailed explanation of the medal.

The Saint Benedict Medal

On the face of the medal is the image of Saint Benedict. In his right hand he holds the cross, the Christian's symbol of salvation. The cross reminds us of the zealous work of evangelizing and civilizing England and Europe carried out mainly by the Benedictine monks and nuns, especially for the sixth to the ninth/tenth centuries.

Rule and Raven
In St. Benedict's left hand is his Rule for Monasteries that could well be summed up in the words of the Prolog exhorting us to "walk in God's ways, with the Gospel as our guide."

On a pedestal to the right of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it. On a pedestal to the left is a raven about to carry away a loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy had sent to St. Benedict.

C. S. P. B.
Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words: Crux s. patris Benedicti (The Cross of our holy father Benedict). On the margin of the medal, encircling the figure of Benedict, are the Latin words: Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!). Benedictines have always regarded St. Benedict as a special patron of a happy death. He himself died in the chapel at Montecassino while standing with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers of the monastery, shortly after St. Benedict had received Holy Communion.

Monte Cassino
Below Benedict we read: ex SM Casino MDCCCLXXX (from holy Monte Cassino, 1880). This is the medal struck to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the birth of Saint Benedict.

Reverse Side of the Medal
Crux mihi lux
On the back of the medal, the cross is dominant. On the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).

In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict).

Above the cross is the word pax (peace), that has been a Benedictine motto for centuries. Around the margin of the back of the medal, the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B are the initial letters, as mentioned above, of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! (Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Todays Gospel : The Parable of the Sower

Our hearts are a garden full of different kinds of soil, and daily we are presented with opportunities to let the great Gardener go to work in them. If we will let Him, He will break up the hard soil, clear up the rocks that make the shallow soil shallow, pull the choking weeds and continue to fertilize the areas where the soil is rich and deep.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Janet Smith and Dr Phil Boyle to speak at Letterkenny Conference

News has just reached me of an exciting conference taking place in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (my home town), on August 11th and 12th.

Janet E. Smith and Dr Phil Boyle will speak at the "Challenges to Marriage and Family" conference. It is a two day event, day one is for clergy, day two is for lay people. Janet E. Smith is a giant in her field.

‘No-one has done more in the last twenty years than Professor Janet Smith to explain to anyone with an open mind why Catholic teaching on human sexuality makes sense and is the closest fit we have with human nature. She brings that most controversial of papal encyclicals, Humanae Vitae, to life and explains why the challenge is worth meeting.” (David Quinn, religious and social affairs commentator of the ‘Iona Institute’)

Professor Janet E. Smith will be the main speaker, and will deliver numerous talks on marriage and family life, in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Her presentations will be very valuable for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Family, Marriage and related issues. Professor Smith will tackle a host of contentious and difficult questions arising from Humanae Vitae (Papal Encyclical on the regulation of births). Hopefully her teaching will raise awareness, offer clarification, and help people to reconcile their experience with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Dr. Phil Boyle, Director of Fertility Care in the Galway Clinic, will also speak. He will give a presentation on the “Ethical Treatment for the Infertile couple”. Dr Philip Boyle offers hope to couples with unexplained infertility, and those who suffer miscarriage. Using Natural Procreative technology (NaPro), he draws on the most up-to-date medical information combined with the most up-to-date surgical advances, and applies them to suit the individual couple. His approach attempts to fix the problems that cause infertility. These techniques are morally acceptable, much less costly than IVF, and most importantly they work.

I am delighted that this event is taking place, unfortunately I will be unable to attend, but I will pray for its success, and I will spread the word to as many people as possible.

Seminar for Priests: Thursday 11th August.
Seminar for Laity: Friday 12th August
Registration inc. coffee/tea:
€40 – €20 for students and unemployed.
For bookings or more information contact:
07491 –21021/087–9141606.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Do your bit to prevent abortion being legalised in Ireland

The Prolife Campaign needs your help. Can you help? Will you help? Send a virtual postcard, it will only take a minute. Also, send this link to your family and friends.

Image from Prolife Campaign's website.

Friday, July 1, 2011

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You

Prayer of Trust in the Sacred Heart

In all my temptations, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my weaknesses, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my difficulties, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my trials, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my sorrows, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In all my work, I place my trust in You, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In every failure, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In every discouragement, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In life and in death, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In time and in eternity, I place my trust in Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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