Father Paddy’s Blog

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  • Charlie Chaplin’s Wisdom
    by Declan Kelly on June 20, 2024 at 11:16 pm

    In many ways we have become desensitised to the horrors of violence, inequality and human suffering displayed on our screens every day. Politics has become increasingly polarised, not just in the United States but in many parts of Europe and throughout the world. Creating fear, is a key factor in the rise particularly of the The post Charlie Chaplin’s Wisdom appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Love Your Pets……..
    by Declan Kelly on June 13, 2024 at 11:17 pm

    The recent prime time documentary in relation to horrendous treatment of horses was deeply disturbing for many people. Animals and pets are very precious and in the story of creation hold a sacred place in the sight of God. The kinder we are to pets and nature often the closer we sense God’s presence in The post Love Your Pets…….. appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • God Embraces Vulnerability
    by Declan Kelly on June 6, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    Thoughts and continued prayers for all students currently sitting state exams. I find it interesting, regarding people’s recurrent dreams, top of the list are exams. Life at times can indeed be challenging and difficult. Throughout the scripture, there is a deep sensitivity to the vicissitudes of life. Spirituality and faith, offer comfort and consolation, particularly The post God Embraces Vulnerability appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Church’s First Millennial Saint
    by Declan Kelly on May 30, 2024 at 10:57 pm

    Carlo Acutis was born May 3, 1991, in London, where his father was working. Just a few months later, he moved with his parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, to Milan, Italy. Carlo was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager. Before his death in 2006, he offered his sufferings for Pope Benedict XVI and for The post Church’s First Millennial Saint appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Summer…. A Time to Enjoy
    by Declan Kelly on May 24, 2024 at 12:30 am

    Time seems to be flying by. The academic year has  almost come to conclusion in secondary schools and for third level students, a long summer commences. Continued thoughts and prayers for students studying for their state exams. School communities actively engage in the fundamental process of education. This is a wonderful journey that never really The post Summer…. A Time to Enjoy appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • 2024 Exam Time
    by Declan Kelly on May 17, 2024 at 1:09 am

    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 labored.  He needed the help of his wife, Marta, to get dressed in the morning.  Marta would then help him shuffle The post 2024 Exam Time appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.