Father Paddy’s Blog

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  • God’s Dream
    by Declan Kelly on February 22, 2024 at 11:36 pm

    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 The post God’s Dream appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Lent, a Time to Grow
    by Declan Kelly on February 16, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    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 The post Lent, a Time to Grow appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Blessings On All Who Care For The Sick
    by Declan Kelly on February 9, 2024 at 11:55 am

    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 The post Blessings On All Who Care For The Sick appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • Deep Peace
    by Declan Kelly on February 2, 2024 at 3:57 am

    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 The post Deep Peace appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • 1500 Anniversary of St. Brigid of Kildare, Abbess, Co-Patron of Ireland. 
    by Declan Kelly on January 26, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    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 post 1500 Anniversary of St. Brigid of Kildare, Abbess, Co-Patron of Ireland.  appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.

  • The Last Priests of Ireland
    by Declan Kelly on January 19, 2024 at 12:03 am

    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 The post The Last Priests of Ireland appeared first on Portlaoise Parish.