Fr. Paddy's Blog

Lockdown

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer […]

A Time of Testing

My friends, While the name of the virus we are struggling to control is known as COVID 19 – the entire experience that we are going through might best be named PANDEMIC 20 – simply because it is now a global world-wide phenomenon, the impact of which is still beyond our imagination. The advice of […]

Spiritual Nuggets of Hope in Difficult Times

This is a particularly tough time in human history where the new coronavirus has many people worried, unsure as to how to act and often undermined by fear. There can be for some a tendency to behave in a selfish or irrational way, where emotions can often override good decision making. Already we have seen […]

Cases of Coronavirus rising daily – The Challenges…….

With cases of coronavirus rising each day, the challenges posed to health services, workplaces, vital national infrastructure, and the social and communal fabric of our lives come to the forefront of our attention. It is already apparent that the economic impact of the virus as it spreads will be felt worldwide, with growth forecasts downgraded […]

Blessed Carlo Acutis…. Patron of the Internet

I am greatly taken by the life story of Carlo Acutis, a young, talented and deeply spiritual teenager whose life story is a real example of Christian Hope. Carlo was born in London May 3rd, 1991, to Italian parents who soon returned to Milan. He was a pious child, attending daily Mass, frequently praying the […]

Lent….A Time to Pause

Last Wednesday we began Lent, the season of reflection that leads us towards the three days of the Triduum, with Easter Sunday falling on April 12th. It is a time to ask questions, a pause time on a journey, a time when we might re-examine the baggage we carry from month to month, maybe a […]

Lent – A Time to Grow

Lent begins on Wednesday 26th February. Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. I experience outside of Christmas, more people attend Church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year, including Easter. But this mystique […]

Don’t judge others before you know them

A 24 year old boy looking out the train window shouted… ‘Dad, look the trees are going behind!’ Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behaviour with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed… ‘Dad, look the clouds are running with us!’ The couple couldn’t resist and said to […]

World Day of Prayer for the Sick 2020

This Tuesday, February 11th is 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. […]

If Peter were Taoiseach….

Prime Time Extra on RTE television invited Peter McVerry SJ to tell the nation what he would do in his first 100 days if he were elected Taoiseach of the country. The programme is part of a three-week sideways look at the upcoming election as the people of Ireland prepare to vote for a new […]