Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stupidity



I tired, tired of our whole Church/state situation in Ireland at the moment. It is starting to wear me down. I have almost lost the will to read the news as it is overloaded with anti catholic bias. I never thought that we Irish were the brightest sparks on the planet, but intelligent debate is in short supply these days. I'm starting to think that as a people we are a bit stupid. Unfortunately, our leaders (if you could call them that) are "leading" the way.

Friday, August 26, 2011

St Monica, pray for us

St Monica

Tomorrow is the feast of St Monica. A novena has been taking place over at http://www.prayforchildren.org./ 
St Monica is their patron. St Monica was the mother of St Augustine, and boy did he break her heart, but she never gave up on him, she knew that her prayers would eventually be answered. If only we all had her persistence and faith!

One year ago, on the feast of St Monica, a small group of women in Drogheda, began promoting the idea of doing a weekly Holy Hour for children. As a mother I have many encounters with other mothers, and we often exchange stories of our woes and trails with our children. We support each other and console each other. I know that most parents will do anything to help their children, but unfortunately in these Godless times people do not think of doing the most obvious, and important thing for their children, PRAYING! Our children need our prayers. If we do not pray for our children who will? Not many people will say No, when you ask "would you consider doing a holy hour for your children?" Most younger parents have never even thought of prayer, but when you are at the end of your tether, you will give anything a go! And once they are before the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord can begin to work!

So what have we been doing over the last year? We have been suggesting the idea of a Holy Hour to the people that we encounter in our daily lives, and that is an awful lot of people! We also have prayer cards with suggested prayers which we hand out. A few of our members have also engaged in street contact. In general we have had a great response from people. I suppose the simple ideas are always the best!

Remember your Friday prayer and penance!


Christ of St John of the Cross,
Salvador Dali
 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, August 25, 2011

St Genesius, pray for us

Today is the feast of St Genesius, patron saint of actors, and namesake of this blog. I think that St Genesius is a saint for our times. He is a constant reminder to me that I must give witness to my faith, regardless of the cost. We are living in Godless times, and being a catholic seems to be getting harder and harder with every passing day (especially here in Ireland). St Genesius pray for us.

To find our more about St Genesius, go to http://www.stgenesius.com/. Would you consider becoming a member of the Fraternity of St Genesius? We pray for people involved in the cinema, theatre, media and arts. We believe in the power of prayer, and commit to daily prayer for the renewal of our culture.



Holy Mass
St Mary's Church,
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
7.30pm

Blessing with the relic of St Genesius
Blessing of Oil of St Genesius
Followed by refreshments in St Mary's Parish Centre
All welcome

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

St Rose of Lima, pray for us


Stained glass window (1925) by Harry Clarke,
depicting St Rose of Lima burning her hands in an act of penance.
St Michael's Church, Ballinasloe
Photo: Andreas F. Borchert


Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven. - Saint Rose of Lima



Monday, August 22, 2011

Approaching feast of St Genesius



We are fast approaching the feast of St Genesius, which is celebrated on August 25th. Fr John Hogan is doing an online novena over at Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus. If you are in the Drogheda area, join us in St Mary's Church for Mass at 7.30pm. You are all welcome.

St Genesius is the patron saint of actors and epileptics, and the Fraternity of St Genesius (of which I am a member) have been praying for the last few years, for all those people involved in cinema/ theatre/ media. I do not need to tell you that the "arts" in general are in serious need of our prayers. If you believe in the power of prayer, join us as we offer our prayers and sacrifices those involved in this work. This is something that you can do from home. To become a member all you have to do is pray! Quite simple really! To find out more visit www.stgenesius.com.  Here are a few lines from the Fraternity website.

"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."


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back to life, back to reality

We were in county Cork for the last few weeks. We go there most summers for a few weeks. We had a great old time, and made the best of our Irish "summer". The children really do love that part of the country. And who can blame them? But it is good to be back.




Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Prayer and Penance for the Church in Ireland

Stabat Mater by Gabriel Wuger, 1868
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, August 4, 2011

The New Translation of the Mass. Why?

The New Translation of the Mass is heading our way, and I'm starting to look forward to it, despite the fear and grumbling that has been demonstrated by some on our little island.

Here is a short video explaining why we need this new translation, and how the translation process happened. I found it over at Creative Minority report, and it is so good, that I thought that I should share it with my Irish readers. Check out their website www.catholicyouthministry.com/roman-missal for other videos for teens and youth workers.



Word for Word [Parents] from Life Teen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We can't handle the Truth



I know the blog has been quiet of late, but summer holidays and childminding mean little time for this sort of thing.

I am glad that Senator David Norris has bowed out of the race for the Aras, it is sad though that some of his supporters are blaming others for his fall. Senator Norris has accepted his responsibility in this sad mess. He has accepted that he has done wrong. There was no concerted campaign against him. A 22 year old blogger uncovered a story from the senators past, a story that perhaps many Irish journalists did not want to find.

The Ireland of today is busy uncovering the short comings of many in regard to child protection. There will be many more casualties along the way. Norris did what many have done, his concern was for the offender and not for the victim. The truth is that most of us do not want to hear anything bad about someone we love. We do not want to accept that someone we know, respect, or love is capable of abuse. Some people reacted by attempting to side step into the issue of "consent". A 15 year old can not consent, that's the law. Have these people not heard of grooming? If we are serious about child protection we must stop making excuses.

Norris supporters, and the general liberal mindset in this country, seem prepared to over look all failings, if they love you. I came across a vile article by Sam Smyth in the Indo today. Here is a quote "David returned in minutes -- but it was Ezra who made an entrance. He was stocky, with muscles that bulged though a sleeveless T-shirt and figure-hugging jeans tucked into knee-length leather boots." Is this journalist for real? It seems that some of our journalists do not care about child protection at all.
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