Monday, June 18, 2012

Photos from Statio Orbis

Team McCamley headed off to Croker on Sunday, for the Statio Orbis. We had a grand old time. He are some of the photos.

Our tickets.

Ready for the road.

Seated, ponchos and sweets at the ready.

A little flag, and some binoculars.

The necessary  zucchetto!

Just a few friends to keep us company!

More flags!

Time for a nap!

Catching up.

Friday, June 15, 2012

IEC2012 and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus
by José María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896

An extract from Fr. Thomas Rosica catechesis, at the Eucharistic Congress.

"How do we serve God faithfully? We serve Him only as faithfully as we serve Him lovingly, by giving ourselves to the needs of everyone whom God puts into our lives. No one reaches heaven automatically. Heaven must be dearly paid for. The price of reaching heaven is the practice of selfless love here on earth.

That is what devotion to the Sacred Heart is all about. It is the practice of selfless love toward selfish people. It is giving ourselves to persons that do not give themselves to us. In all of our lives, God has placed selfish persons who may be physically close to us, but spiritually are strangers and even enemies. That is why God places unkind, unjust, even cruel people into our lives. By loving them, we show something of the kind of love that God expects of His followers."

Full text of catechesis  (Salt and Light)

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 5

Some visitors to the RDS. Check out their clothes! They are wearing the IEC2012 Logo. Well done ladies.
Photo : Irish Bishops Facebook

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Archbishop Hickey speaks on marriage

Archbishop Barry Hickey from Perth, Australia, delivered an excellent catechesis ( a teaching) on marriage and sexuality at the Eucharistic Congress on Tuesday 12th June. Watch it if you have time. He gets several rounds of applause.

Contraception .......hasn't healed marriages,  it hasn't held them together, it has had a disturbing effect, both spiritually, and physically...

Link to full text of Archbishops catechesis

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 4

Fr Robert McCabe explaining his work as an army chaplain,
Photo: Irish Catholic Bishops on Facebook

Corpus Christi Procession, Eucharistic Congress, Dublin

Here is a video of Wednesday evening's Eucharistic Procession, at the Eucharistic Congress, in Dublin, thanks to Salt and light TV.

I command you to come and show reverence to your Creator

An extract from the homily of Cardinal Rodríguez-Maradiaga, as delivered on Day 4 of the International Eucharistic Congress, on the memorial of St Anthony of Padua.

To counteract the influence of the Patarina Heresy (a reformist movement that began in the North of Italy) and which had disfigured the dogma of the Real Presence, reducing the Eucharist to a simple historical evening meal, ‘just a mere memory’, Saint Anthony, preaching one day in Rimini fully illustrated the reality of the presence of Jesus in the Sacred Host. However, the leaders of the heresy did not accept the reasoning put forward by the Saint, and tried to discredit his arguments. One of the leaders said to him.  ‘Fewer words now: if you want me to believe in this mystery, you will have to do the following miracle: I have a mule. I will keep her without food for three consecutive days. When the three days are passed we will come before her together, I with the grass and you with the sacrament. If the mule disregards the grass and goes and kneels and adores ‘your bread’, I will then adore it myself. The Saint accepted the challenge and went away to implore God’s help through prayer, fasting and penances.
For three days, the heretic deprived his mule of all food and then brought her out to the public square. At the same time, Saint Anthony came into the square on the opposite side, carrying in his hands a monstrance with the Body of Christ; all this in the presence of a multitude of people eager to know the result of this extraordinary challenge accepted by the Franciscan saint. Saint Anthony faced the hungry animal, and speaking to her, said: “In the name of that Lord whom I, although unworthy, hold in my hands, I command you to come and show reverence to your Creator, so that the malice of the heretics may be confounded and that all understand the truth of this most holy Sacrament which we the priests handle at the altar and (by which) all creatures are subject to their Creator”.
While the Saint spoke these words, the heretic was throwing barley to the mule so that it would eat, but the mule giving no attention to the food came forward step by step as if it had the use of reason and respectfully genuflected on both knees before the Saint who held elevated the Sacred Host and remained in that position until Saint Anthony gave it permission to get up.
The heretic, Bonvillo by name, fulfilled his promise and converted with all his heart to the catholic faith: The heretics recanted their errors and Saint Anthony, after giving the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament amid great applause and cheers, carried the monstrance in procession to the church where he gave thanks to God for the miracle and the conversion of so many brothers.
Beyond a spectacular miracle, what Saint Anthony taught regarding the Eucharist is the doctrine of the Church. First of all, it is a gift of the Lord, of which the priest is not the owner but the servant. The Eucharist is the most splendid Sacrament of the Presence of Christ; it is inevitable that the Eucharist has a transformative action in the heart of anyone who lives it. The Eucharist is a gift of love which will be only fully understood in eternity.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 2

Fr Kevin Heery (Diocese of Meath) encounters "himself"

 at the Meath Vocations stand at the RDS.

Photo: Diocese of Meath on Facebook

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 1

This is my favourite photo from today. I think he is one of the Heralds of the Gospel.
Photo:  Irish Catholic Bishops on Facebook

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Don't just "be" pro-life, "do" pro-life

Get involved in the Pro-life Campaign's latest postcard endeavour. Before the General Election, Fine Gael gave a written commitment to the Pro Life Campaign stating it is “opposed to the legalisation of abortion”. But our Minister for Health is suggesting otherwise. We need to mobilize the pro-life troops, and remind our elected representatives, that they can not simply do as they please. Order your post cards today. Mine arrived in the post yesterday.

Front of postcard
Back of postcard

More info from PLC (Pro-life Campaign

PLC: "URGENT: Fine Gael needs to hear from a lot more pro-life people
The Postcard to Politicians campaign is going well but it’s clear that Fine Gael needs to hear from a lot more pro-life people so that enough pressure is brought to bear on the leadership within Fine Gael. The situation is very serious at present and there is a real danger that abortion legislation could become a reality if those who oppose it do not speak up.
During the recent Dáil debate on abortion the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly strongly implied that the Government is committed to introducing some form of abortion legislation in the very near future. To read more details about the Minister's speech and the current situation, you can view our new briefing document here
Before the last General Election, Fine Gael gave a strong pro-life commitment. We must now hold them to that. Please order postcards free of charge to send to your local Fine Gael Oireachtas members. It is vital that politicians hear from constituents at this time.
You can view a sample of the Postcards here:

Please take one minute to order postcards here:

If you are a member of a prayer group, we will be happy to send you a prepared letter designed to read out to prayer groups which clearly explains the current threat. 
This is a crucial time. Please order cards now and share this message with as many pro-life people as possible. Thank you for your continued support."

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