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Finding God

We have become accustomed to bad news. Images on our screens of immense burden placed on vulnerable people. The horrendous conflict in the middle-East. Recent flooding in many parts of Asia, destroyed the crop harvest and left millions of farmers and their families penniless. Did God cause the war in the Holy Land, famine or […]

Seeing Jesus in others………

It is hard to go through a day without feeling negative towards someone who crosses our path. It could be a flippant remark passed in our direction, that we may personalise and then own, or someone walking a dog without a lead, or, if you drive, a motorist who changes lane in front of you […]

Wisdom on Life

George Carlin on age 102, offered the following wisdom that is deeply relevant for us all. If you don’t read this to the very end, you have lost a day in your life and when you have finished, reflect and put it into practice. George Carlin’s Views on Ageing. Do you realise that the only […]

Easter- A Time To Celebrate

“’Did you not know what the Holy one can do with dust?’ It’s a line from a poem for Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson. In it she talks about how things and people, which can feel like dust and dirt, are made glorious and beautiful by what God does with them. God does amazing things […]

Easter… A Time Of Grace

Easter 2024 has arrived very early. This is one of the earliest dates possible for Easter. The great St. Laserian, established a particular way of calculating the celebration of Easter for the entire universal Church that is, the first Sunday, after the first full moon, following the spring        equinox. I love Easter. […]

St. Patrick Inspires Faith

Saint Patrick’s feast day, is now a global event. The Irish diaspora, have contributed significantly to the four corners of the world. In this regard, civic buildings and national monuments will cheerfully be greened to celebrate our National Holiday. Saint Patrick, was a courageous, faith-filled and prophetic voice. His intelligent delivery of Christianity embraced a […]

A Mother’s Love- A blessing

As I write this article, citizens across this Republic, are voting regarding the proposed amendments to our constitution. One such article, is about removing the title “Mother” as named in the constitution. Sunday March 11th, we celebrate Mother’s Day. I suggest the title of “Mother” is indeed a very sacred one. A mother encapsulates all […]

Authentic Faith

What we can see we can achieve. What we can see in the depth of our heart and soul we can materialise in our lives. This seems to be one of the important laws of existence that is expressed in the Lord’s Prayer for the Kingdom to manifest on the earthly plane as it is […]

God’s Dream

We can wait no longer. Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil rights march. His dream seemed a long way off. Criticised by white church leaders, he responded with his famous “Letter from an Alabama Jail”, which included this section: We have waited […]

Lent, a Time to Grow

We live in an instant culture. Perhaps the greatest challenge of our time is to acquire the gift of patience. We don’t do waiting very well. Easter eggs are readily available, since the end of December. The challenge of lent, is to be countercultural. Perhaps a Lenten resolution for 2024, is to grow in the […]

Blessings On All Who Care For The Sick

February 11th, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and also World day of Prayer for the sick. Behind many hall-doors in our  Parish and throughout the length and breadth of our Country, there are people who are sick; men and women, young and old; and more children than you might imagine. Some of them […]

Deep Peace

The person who has probably done most in the Christian world to promote the idea of concentrating on our breathing as a form of prayer is the Indian Jesuit Tony de Mello, who sadly died prematurely in 1987, at the age of 55. He was greatly influenced by Buddhist spirituality. He gave a number of […]

1500 Anniversary of St. Brigid of Kildare, Abbess, Co-Patron of Ireland. 

This week we reach the midpoint of winter, marked by the cross-quarter day of Imbolc. Traditionally, Imbolc begins at sundown on February 1st and continues through February 2nd. Imbolc is an ancient Celtic holiday celebrating the very first stirrings of new life, the earliest breaths of spring. We are beginning to feel the very earliest hints […]

The Last Priests of Ireland

Ardal O’ Hanlon, played one of the most famous fictional priests of all time as Father Ted’s lovably dim Dougal McGuire. He was hilarious, but there was always more to Ted than laughs. Dosed with absurdity, salted with satire, the sitcom opened a window into the Irish soul. O’Hanlon presented an absorbing documentary recently about […]

Reflect On The Past….Focus On The Future

As we continue to make early footprints into 2024, already we see signs of brighter evenings and earlier mornings. The small stretch, offers hope, early snowdrops and green shoots awakens a positive energy that soon, the new spring will be our reality. Beginning again, is something that always awakens opportunity and hope. I pray that […]

Happy New Year 2024

I pray that 2024, will be a blessed and healthy one for us all. Every New Year brings with its expectation, uncertainty, hope and a degree of anxiety. 2024, invites us to begin again. The greatest gifts are really only appreciated when they are made vulnerable, particularly our health and well-being. This time when we […]

Peace and Joy-Christmas 2023

An absence of peace is not the only lack the world and indeed all our communities suffer. As pastors, we are aware of many other ills plaguing our people. The shortage of homes, impacts on many in our congregations, and we can never forget the homeless men, women and children on our streets. Financial pressures […]

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Christmas 2023

I recently heard a funny little story of a mother who complained one day to her own mother that it was getting harder and harder to get her    teen-aged sons and daughters to write a thank you note for the gifts that they receive at Christmas. The grandmother told her daughter not to worry […]

Visiting The Crib

I love visiting the cribs in various churches this time of year. Many of you, have by now placed your crib, in a sacred place at home. Saint Francis of Assisi, was the first to introduce visually displaying the crib. He did so in a deliberate portrayal of the deep poverty and yet great love, […]

Irelands Lonely

An Irish pub’s Christmas video of a lonely, old man has left people in tears. Viewers were “bawling” after watching the heart-wrenching video for Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, which has gone viral with millions of views on TikTok. The commercial has also gained millions of views on X, formerly Twitter. The moving two-minute […]

Waiting For The Christ-Child

Christmas seems to come earlier every year. Already we are well accustomed to Christmas songs, selection boxes have been on sale in our supermarkets since August!! Yet, the four weeks before Christmas, in the liturgical season, called “Advent” is an opportune time, to draw inspiration from the birth of the Christ Child over 2000 years […]

God Is Love

It’s so easy to feel resentful that others are not as we would want them to be. We want them to change but can be so blind to where change is needed in us. The Buddha advised one time ‘to never seek a perfect person or a perfect world. Instead seek to perfect your love’. […]

The Gift of Kindness

There is story in the Gospel about a leper coming to Jesus on his knees and pleading with him, saying, ‘If you want to, you can cure me’. It was a pitiful statement, suggesting despair. The leper had reason to, in the tradition of the time, leprosy was seen as a punishment by God for […]

The Gift Of Prayer

It’s hard to believe that this time, three years ago, we were in the heart of a national lockdown. The second lockdown was harder than the first. Nature seemed so comforting throughout the first lockdown. Ireland enjoyed splendid weather and as we became more mindful and less hectic, most of us discovered mystery and beauty […]

Remembering Loved Ones Gone Before Us

This week we begin the new month of November. Traditionally this is the time of year, in the Christian liturgical calendar, when we remember the souls of the faithful departed. The season, begins with the Feast of All Saints, Women and Men over countless generations who inspired, engaged, and personified the Christian values, of faith, […]

Round Tables

The universal Synod, continues throughout this month of October in Rome. I find it refreshing, following the proceedings, with images of women and men actively engaging and discerning, around round tables, in a large auditorium. The round table, is an important symbol, one of inclusion, conversation, compromise and engagement. Gone are the days of high […]

Reflections from Asia

Recently, I enjoyed the enormous privilege, visiting Asia, for the first time. It was a wonderful and unique experience, to engage in a very different culture and tradition. My initial flight was to Dubai and then on to Saigon, Vietnam. The flight from Dublin to Dubai was predominantly filled by young Irish people, emigrating for […]

St. Francis….. An Iconic Saint

Throughout this month of October, a universal Synod of the church, takes place in Rome. This is a historic moment, where discernment, reflection and pragmatic evaluations will take place regarding how best the church, can embrace the gospel message in 2023. This synod personally, is a time of deep hope and I invoke the spirit […]

Story of a Soul

This year seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that we are now beginning the month of October. I pray, this new month will be a healthy and happy one for us all. The month begins with the beautiful feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux. She once said “I can do more for […]

Keep Life Simple

Once upon a time there was a businessman who was sitting on the beach in a small Italian village. As he sat, taking a brief break from the stress of his daily schedule, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat back into the harbour. In the boat were a few large fish. Impressed, the […]

The Season Of Creation

Recent Harvest Thanksgiving Masses, in our local churches, have been a source of deep inspiration. The colour, fragrance, coupled with creativity and gratitude, offered hope and consolation for many people who gathered to celebrate this joyful season of harvest gathering. This week an estimated 300,000 people will visit the national ploughing championship, the largest agricultural […]

Never Give Up

This month of September, has begun with bright, warm sunshine. We all respond positively to light and warmth, its energy helps us to grow and blossom. I was particularly inspired, by Pope Francis, recent visit to Mongolia. This vast country, sandwiched between Russia and China, is 20 times bigger than our island. It has a […]

September….. A Time To Harvest

Imagine that you had to employ a gardener. You ask around among your friends and  neighbours, and eventually you hear of two gardeners who are available. From people who have employed them, you are able to draw up the following profiles of the two. The first gardener plants a variety of vegetables and flowers. Periodically […]

Building Solid Foundations

This was a major week, for over 60,000 students who recieved their leaving certificate results. Sincere best wishes to all students, who soon begin a new journey. I suggest that as students of life, time is the greatest teacher of all. What makes us tick? Where do we find our foundations in life.. One key […]

Be Kind To Your Mind

I remember being very moved by Brendan O’Connor’s interview with Brent Pope some time ago. Brent spoke of his reflective time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother in New Zealand who had gone into a home. He thought of those 30 years in Ireland away from home and family. He realised what he […]

Room In The Church For Everyone

At 86, Pope Francis, is the oldest Pontiff in over 120 years. Last June, he underwent serious surgery and has made a remarkable recovery. His words and actions, in recent weeks exemplify a man, who is on fire with the Holy Spirit. His recent visit to Portugal, where he encountered over 1,000,000 young people, in […]

When will the sun come out to shine…

As I write this article, I look out and wonder when the sun will come out. July has been the wettest month ever recorded on this island. Unfortunately, so far this August has been wet and grey. I think of holiday makers who must be very disappointed despite the fact that Ireland perhaps has never […]

The Month of August

This week we begin the month of August, traditionally the harvest season. Weather has been a huge focus on conversation and contemplation in recent times. July, on our island was one of the wettest in decades and  in contrast southern Europe, has been roasting  in extreme temperatures, manifesting in inferno conditions. Our climate crisis truly […]

The Cost of ‘Stars’

Every institution needs to be accountable, transparent and discerning. We have lived through the consequences of poor governance and its drastic consequences from Church to Banking, the latest on this Island is our National Broadcaster. RTÉ did what institutions tend to do. It created an elite and inevitably a culture of precedence and entitlement followed. […]

Sitting In Silence

From the crowded city streets to the busy town hall square, from the local village community to the crofter’s moorland cottage we find human beings going about their business. Some have travelled the short distance from home to shop to collect the family groceries, others are making a full day of it visiting big stores […]

Caoimhín (Kevin) O’Neill R.I.P.

Kevin was a giant of a man in so many ways. Throughout his life in all things his role was one of captain, the eldest and proud captain of the O’Neill family whom he cherished and adored, captain of many teams and associations from hurling and all things GAA, captain and initiator to the arts […]

Summer Tales of Wisdom

How do you handle adversity? What are you thinking when the sun goes down on those cold, windy nights, when you’re trying to get to sleep, and the wind keeps swirling and howling through your bedroom windows? Sleep Soundly When the Wind Blows Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly […]

Dorothy Day……. An Inspirational Lady

Recently, Cardinal Dolan of New York celebrated Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the end of the diocesan phase of the cause for the canonisation of Dorothy Day. The box of documents containing the evidence to support her cause, collected over a 23 year process, which included interviews with those who knew her and […]

Summer Solstice

This week we celebrate the summer solstice. The past few weeks we have all enjoyed magnificent weather. The summer brightness awakens within us a deep sense of gratitude and hope, we smile more frequently, and we all live better in the light. Hope Horton, a great spiritual writer shared her summer solstice reflections: “The Summer […]

All God’s creatures have a place in the choir

I recently came across this inspirational story….. A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies for Sale.” Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” […]

The Strangest Dream

People meeting with people, discussions held round tables decorated with flowers, microphones adjusted for clarity of sound and a fine meal together in the evening. The formal setting of the art of the diplomatist. Ed McCurdy’s song, first recorded in 1950 and since covered by many well-known singers including Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel and […]

Make Hay while the Sun shines

There are some very sharp turnings in life, as we know – and if we don’t we’ll find that out soon enough. Most of us, most of the time settle into a pattern of living that we imagine will go on forever. Here today, here tomorrow. It doesn’t, of course, because life is full of […]

One Step At A Time

Summer, is a wonderful time of year, long bright days that awaken within us all, a sense of peace and calm. Traditionally during summer time those who are fortunate enough can enjoy a restful holiday. Time out, is a very important gift that we must embrace in our adult lives. We are not robots and […]

A Prayer for Students

In the last years of his life, the great cellist and conductor Pablo Casals suffered greatly from rheumatoid arthritis and emphysema. At 90, he was badly stooped, his head thrust forward, and his breathing laboured. He needed the help of his wife, Marta, to get dressed in the morning. Marta would then help him shuffle […]

Gossip Kills

Pope Francis often refers to the “Poison of Gossip”. Passing on bad news is negative and toxic. The more at peace we are within ourselves, the more at peace we are with one another. As we begin the month of May, I pray, you will all be filled with light, hope and peace of mind. […]

Year of Prayer for Vocations

The Irish Bishop’s conference has initiated a year of prayer for vocations to the diocesan priesthood. Prayer and priesthood are closely connected. Priesthood ultimately is about service fuelled from God’s Amazing Grace. A service that connects often in vulnerable moments of life, offering hope, comfort and consolation that God continues to be close to us. […]

Spread The Faith

Recent fine weather has given us an opportunity to refresh and renew. It amazes me, how we awaken with such hope and energy because of sunlight. Nature is looking splendid as the early leaves and fresh colours of blooming flowers, remind us, we belong to beauty and we are greatly blessed to live in this […]

Accepting Difference

In his recent Easter message, Pope Francis, reminds us “God loves us as we are, in our own unique way, our Creator, delights in what has been created”. A worrying trend in contemporary society is the growth of polarization. Polarization of opinion and attitude creates friction and tension, which often fails to embrace the grey […]

Easter “All Is New”

Easter is a wonderful time of year. Nature, reflects the transformation, from darkness into light. New green leaves, spring blossoms and brighter days lift our mood and awakens within us a deep sense of hope. Easter 2023 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This wonderful historical peace process, has been achieved by […]

The Gift of Holy Week

How often do we find ourselves thinking where has time gone? Already in 2023, we have moved from the darkness of winter into the freshness of brighter evenings with the sounds of birds making their nests and the beautiful colours of early spring blossoms. Holy Week, brings us to the conclusion of lent and invites […]

10th Anniversary of Pope Francis

Pope Francis, recently celebrated his 10th anniversary since becoming leader of the Catholic Church. His leadership is a remarkable one. Actions always speak louder than words, Francis, by his humility and courageous endeavour to reach out to the periphery has demonstrated the continued relevance and attraction of the gospel, in a secular world. He is […]

A Mother’s Love…. A Blessing

Sure I love the dear silver that shines in your hair. Does anyone recognise that song? An old, old Irish favourite, Mother Machree. I remember my father singing it to us and the words have been flowing through my head this week as I wondered how to prepare a homily for Mothers’ Day. Of course, […]

St. Patrick……Pray for us……

It’s hard to believe, three years ago, a national lockdown commenced, as we endured the fear and anxiety, that’s part of a pandemic. That’s why this year 2023, there is so much expectation and joy associated with our national Patron and the celebrations that accompany Saint Patrick. For the first time in years, parishes and […]

Time To Think Again

Jesus wasn’t “laid back”. He had a sense of urgency about him, and he communicated that to others, especially his immediate followers. Why? Because he cared passionately about people. The mandate he gave his followers was: preach repentance – a word, which, in its original sense, means “to think again”. If Jesus were walking the […]

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As the evenings lengthen and new signs of life appear in our gardens we welcome a new Spring. The following ancient story tells how the simple spring air can refresh and indeed heal. “The King needs daintier food,” said the Court Cook, so he served broiled peacock on toast, and pomegranates and cream, and wild […]

Ash Wednesday Marks The Beginning Of Lent

Feb 22nd, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This is a season of reflection that leads us towards the three days of the Triduum, with Easter Sunday falling on Sunday, April 9th. It is a time to ask questions, a pause time on a journey, a time when we might re-examine the baggage we […]

Random Tales of Wisdom

How do you handle adversity? What are you thinking when the sun goes down on those cold, windy nights, when you’re trying to get to sleep, and the wind keeps swirling and howling through your bedroom windows?  Sleep Soundly When the Wind Blows Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly […]

Deep Breath of Peace

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, an  elderly man was taking a walk along the beach. He was relaxed and content. The sun shone brightly in the sky, the birds wheeled and sang, the waves washed ashore, the sand was firm underfoot, and a gentle breeze tempered the heat. Some distance in […]

St. Brigid’s National Holiday

I love this time of year, a time to embrace brighter evenings and early mornings. Already there are signs of the new spring. Snowdrops, emerging from the winter soil. I’m absolutely delighted that on Monday 6th February, our country celebrates a national holiday, attributed to an iconic and important lady Saint Brigid of Kildare. Children […]

Reflection Enriches Life

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s (1491-1556), great insight came while he was convalescing after a serious injury. God was communicating within him through his daydreams initially, leading him away from selfish pride and towards self-giving service of others. However, it was only in reflection, looking back over his experience, that Ignatius was able to sort out […]

Blue Monday

The third Monday of January 2023 has been branded Blue Monday. It begins what many describe as the most depressing week of the year. It is a gloomy time for a number of reasons including a dip in mood after Christmas, the harsh winter conditions and financial debt. People also tend to lack motivation after […]

Pope Benedict XVI……..A Humble Servant of the Lord

In the annals of papal history, Joseph Ratzinger, who has died aged 95, will be remembered principally as the first pope in 600 years to retire, rather than to die in office.  Any other achievements of his eight-year pontificate as  Benedict XVI – and there were a few worthy of enduring note – will ultimately […]

Christmas Mass Times

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The Gift…….The Christmas Child

Christmas 2022 is here. Yet another year has passed with all its many changes and immense challenges. Yet, the Christmas message remains timeless. ‘The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.’ God is with us. Jesus Christ is the light who shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not put out […]

Céad Míle Fáilte

We are about to celebrate Christmas once again. I’m sure for the vast majority, this Christmas, will be greatly enhanced as we live in a post pandemic world. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, Christmas began a national lockdown that lasted  for months, where many people were deeply traumatised by loss, illness […]

The Gift of Generosity This Christmas

Time moves by very quickly. Where has 2022 gone? I  sincerely pray that the Lord’s rich blessing will be given to you and your families this Christmas. Christmas, is a time when we share gifts with one another. However, wisdom reminds us that the greatest gifts we all have aren’t necessarily wrapped up, or purchased […]

Christmas 2022 …. A time to Prioritise

In the northern hemisphere, Christmas comes in an extraordinary time of the year. In our most vulnerable and darkest days, we are invited to indulge in a light that is brighter than any darkness, in a hope that is greater than any fear, in a bigger picture, that reminds us “God so loved the world, […]

Advent.. A Time to be Patient

It should be no secret to anyone that we do not know the date of Christ’s birth, and so the Church baptised a Pagan feast. The Pagans saw the world as a great cosmic struggle between the powers of darkness, and the powers of light. They noticed that at different times, darkness seemed to be […]

Finding Balance on Social Media

Social media is a great thing. It’s a very clever use of technology which allows us to connect with a wide circle of people in many different locations all over the world. It’s a great way to get news, updates, and personalised information that you ordinarily wouldn’t get. However, there is a limit to its […]

The Weight of the Glass

The Art of Letting Go is about deciding to stop making the same mistakes and choosing to take a different path. It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I totally agree. When we hold onto things that weigh us down, that negativity turns […]

Ratheniska Children’s Choir Permission Form

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Discern and change we must….

Recently, Cardinal Mario Grech, speaking in relation to the universal Synod warned against “The Danger of Keeping Silent”. The Synodal process is a time for speech, a time to let the voice of the Church speak and bring forward the issues, the problems that inhabit our Synodal Church. Last week Pope Francis, named Fr. Niall […]

Eternal Rest Grant To Them Lord…

Halloween did not come from Hollywood but rather its origins are strongly connected to ancient Celtic roots. In Celtic Ireland, about two millennia ago, Samhain was the point between the lighter (summer) and darker halves (winter) of the year. At Samhain, the gap between this and the other world was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to […]

I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food……

Hunger is a problem that has plagued humanity for millennia, and it continues to haunt us. The United Nations and World Food Programme 2021 report, projected that between 720 and 811 million people in the world face starvation. Nearly one in 10 people in the world go to bed hungry each night. There are at […]

Lord Increase our Faith

Lord Increase our Faith You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring “I have a faith!” No, it’s more like a slow crawl from your bed as you try to slam on the snooze button one last time. Getting […]

What Is Peace Of Mind

Peace of mind, is a feeling of being safe or protected, it is the absence of worry. It’s achieving a calm state of mind regardless of your situation and circumstances. The most important step to achieving peace is to acknowledge the fact that you have control over your mind, including your thoughts and how you […]

Guardian Angels

Steve Montgomery was headed home from a painting job when something crazy happened. As he drove down the interstate, he noticed what looked like a pipe rolling around in the road. A tow truck drove over the pipe, sending it flying straight through the windshield of Steve’s truck. It should have hit him in the […]

Time for Ordination of Women Deacons

The recent National Synthesis document, followed extensive consultation with thousands of Irish Catholics across the island since last October and culminating in reports published last June from each of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland as well as 29 separate submissions from interested parties. It is part of a worldwide consultation process in the Church […]

Queen Elizabeth – An Iconic Christian

These are historic times. The death of Queen Elizabeth 11, has brought with it a huge outpouring of grief and sympathy, for a life that has “fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith”. Perusing some of the comments about her going home to her God and her King on Facebook, one […]

Living in the present moment….

One day a man walked past a camp of elephants. Looking closer, he was surprised to see that these mighty animals weren’t held in cages or kept in chains. The only thing stopping them from escaping? A thin rope tied from one of their legs to a simple pole in the ground. Confused, as to […]

Life… Our Greatest Teacher

It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school time again. This has been a wonderful summer and I do hope that all school communities feel a sense of being refreshed after their long summer break. I’m very conscious, that this year in particular, back to school, puts enormous pressures regarding its cost on families, […]

Together we are stronger

There has been much discussion and commentary, regarding the publication of the synthesis of feedback from our national Synod. The synod is a process, initiated by Pope Francis, in an attempt to dialogue with all the members of the universal church. It’s a most welcomed initiative, because it allows all the members of the church, […]

Brother Kevin…. A Living Saint

A small number of public figures are instantly recognisable by their first name. One of them is Brother Kevin, the founder of the Capuchin Centre in Dublin’s Bow Street who this week retired at the age of 87. He founded the centre in 1969 – more than 50 years ago, and from small beginnings it […]

God Is With Us

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, and the minister frowned as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in a while. His shirt was shabby, […]

The Power of Prayer

The following is a profound and yet very real story, told in relation to our human need in times of crisis as we turn to prayer. So often we can judge and be negative when we evaluate our communication to God. Perhaps the conversation seems one way. Perhaps words are inadequate or simply we do […]

Harvest Thanksgiving

Time seems to be moving extremely quickly. It’s hard to believe that August has arrived. This is a wonderful time of year when harvest begins to be gathered, a time which evokes a deep sense of  gratitude, that what has being planted, now produce rich fruit. Recently, Pope Francis, highlighted the very important role, that […]

Stay Positive and Never Give Up

The following stories awaken a sense of hope and encouragement for us all. Well worth reflecting upon…. The Frog Race There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd gathered around the tower to see the […]

A Guide To Prayer

In the secular world, mindfulness is much  embraced and practiced. Personally, I find it  difficult to differentiate between practicing mindfulness and prayer. Prayer and meditation similarly are extremely nourishing and beneficial to our mind, body and spirit. Prayer is the language of the soul, it’s often in the stillness of our contemplation that God’s Amazing […]

An 8 Year Old’s Explanation of God

A second class student in primary school recently wrote the following wisdom……… One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think that is because they are […]

Summer… A Time to Rest

Despite all the bad news, regarding huge queues and cancellation of scheduled air flights, it is still wonderful that Dublin International Airport, enjoys a return to full and active business, this summer. After over two years, living in confinement and restriction, so many Irish families seek liberation and warmth as they make preparations for their […]

Synodality……Listening and Learning

Recently, the chiming of a bell at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, was significant. Laity, religious, priests and bishops, all participated at a daylong national assembly of the Irish Catholic Church in Athlone. The assembly was the  culmination of an unprecedented national consultation, in preparation for the Irish submission to the 2023 Universal Synod […]

God’s Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, […]

Summer Rest

The month of June, is a wonderful time of year. Long bright days that awaken within us all a sense of peace and calm. Traditionally during summer time those who are  fortunate enough can enjoy a restful holiday. Time out, is a very important gift that we must embrace in our adult lives. We are […]

Spirit of God, Loving and Free

As we have begun the month of June, I pray sincerely that this bright month, will be a time of rich blessing, health of body and peace of mind for us all. I’m very conscious, this week, thousands of young students begin their leaving and junior certificate exams. I do hope, that our wonderful young […]