Thursday, December 29, 2011

May the example of the Holy Family inspire all Christian families to be schools of prayer



Paul VI Audience HallWednesday, 28 December 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our continuing catechesis on prayer leads us, during this Christmas season, to reflect on the place of prayer in the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we learn to contemplate the mystery of God’s presence and to grow as faithful disciples of Christ. The Gospels present Mary as the supreme model of prayerful medition on the mysteries of Christ’s life; in praying the Rosary, in fact, we unite ourselves to her contemplation of those mysteries in faith and hope. Saint Joseph fulfilled his vocation as the father of the Holy Family by teaching Jesus the importance of quiet fidelity to work, prayer and observance of the precepts of the Law. Jesus’ unique relationship with his heavenly Father was reflected in the prayer life of the Holy Family and stands at the heart of all Christian prayer. May the example of the Holy Family inspire all Christian families to be schools of prayer, where parents and children alike come to know that closeness to God which we joyfully celebrate in these days of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Holy Innocents

The Flight into Egypt and the Triumph of the Innocents,
by William Holman Hunt

The glorified spirits of the murdered children of Bethlehem,
a happy garlanded band, the "flowers of the martyrs, " and first of that
glorious company whose shining ranks are nearest the throne of the
Slain One, have come to accompany Jesus in the flight. He has just
caught sight of his martyred playmates, visible to him only, and turns
with radiant greeting, holding towards them a handful of wheat ears
typical of the Bread of Life. (source)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

St John the Evangelist, pray for us

By Charles Le Brun

In the second general persecution, in the year 95, St. John was apprehended by the proconsul of Asia and sent to Rome, where he was miraculously preserved from death when thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. On account of this trial, the title of martyr is given him by the fathers, who say that thus was fulfilled what Christ had foretold him, that he should drink of his cup.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A last minute note to Santa

This note was put out for Santa Claus in my house tonight. Obviously someone had been listening to my stories, about the bags of coal, that bold children had received on Christmas morning.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Film Club Reminder

I know the blog has been quiet of late. Life has simply got in the way of blogging! Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

The final film of 2011 will be shown on Tuesday the 20th December. So come along and put a smile in your Christmas preparation and watch Nativity! 7pm Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. Come along and bring a frined or two. All welcome


Friday, December 9, 2011

St Genesius Film Club: Nativity!


Tuesday, December 20th,
Dublin Film Club, at Ely House, Ely Place, at 7pm.
This month's movie, the BBC's comedy Nativity!
Starring:Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton and Jason Watkins

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today's feast is much misunderstood. Watch this video and see that many of us Catholics "don't know Jack!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Come along and join the "Vigil of Hope"

Many people come to Dublin on the 8th of December to do a bit of Christmas shopping, if you happen to be in town come along to the Dail and join the Vigil of Hope.

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