Josepha Madigan TD and The Mercy Sisters (updated)

(Update 21/01/19) Some people have been in contact with the International Mercy Centre on Baggot Street and the update is that Josepha Madigan will no longer be speaking there. Thanks be to God, let us pray for Josepha’s conversion. Ave Maria… ——- In 1827, the Venerable Sister Catherine McCauley opened the House of Mercy in Baggot street in Dublin. She would go on to found the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. A committed Catholic, Sister McAuley desired … Read More

Defending Catholic Families & Catholic Children

On Saturday 12 January 2019, John Lacken delivered a talk at a family conference organised by the Roundtower Association in Galway. You can view a video featuring excerpts from that talk above. The full talk is also available to view here. Defending the Catholic Family John Lacken – Saturday 12th January 2019 – Galway In the discussion after the conference the attention of parents was drawn to a Bill that is currently making its way through the Irish legislature. Most … Read More

The Media, the Archbishop & the Politician

On 29th December last, an article appeared in the Irish Daily Mail by Emma Jane Hade, under the heading ‘Josepha Madigan says her faith is ‘strong’ despite her liberal politics’. It is interesting to look at this article as an example of how the main stream media uses propaganda to influence public opinion in Ireland. The article tells us that Josepha is a ‘devout Catholic’ with a strong Catholic faith. We also learn that Josepha led the successful campaign for … Read More

St Nicholas

ST. NICHOLAS, BISHOP OF MYRA AND CONFESSOR Divine Wisdom has willed that on the way which leads to the Messias, our great High Priest, there should be many pontiffs to pay Him the honour due to Him. Two Popes, St. Melchiades and St.Damasus; two holy doctors, St. Peter Chrysologus and St. Ambrose; two bishops,St. Nicholas and St. Eusebius; these are the glorious pontiffs who have been entrusted with the charge of preparing, by their prayers, the way of the Christian … Read More

Marriage According to St Peter

We have seen that ‘Dei Verbum ‘says “the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.”  With this in mind let us have alook at St Peter’s thoughts on how Catholic husbands and wives should behave. It is interesting to remember that St Peter himself was married so he speaks from … Read More

Marriage – Scripture – Dei Verbum

Marriage in Scripture Christ, in the Gospels, laid down the essential foundations for marriage without which marriages cannot validly take place. Marriage must be between one man and one woman, they must be open to life and freely co-operate with God in the gift of procreation which is the primary end of marriage. The marriage is for life and no man may put it asunder and those wishing to marry must be free to marry; that is, free from impediment … Read More

St Peter Chrysologus

SAINT PETER CHRYSOLOGUS BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH 4th December The same divine Providence, which would not that the Church should be deprived of the consolation of keeping, during Advent, the feast of some of the apostles, who announced to the Gentiles the coming of the Messias, has also willed that the holy doctors, who defended the true faith against heretics, should be represented in this important season of the Catholic year. Two of them, Saint Ambrose and Saint … Read More

Practice During Advent

The Liturgical Year. If our holy mother the Church spends the time of Advent in this solemn preparation for the threefold coming of Jesus Christ; if, after the example of the prudent virgins, she keeps her lamp lit ready for the coming of the Bridegroom; we, being her members and her children, ought to enter into her spirit, and apply to ourselves this warning of our Saviour: ‘Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands, and ye … Read More

On Whose Constant Intercession

During the month of November the relics of Saint Therese and Saints Louis and Zelie Martin were welcomed to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Kilannin, County Galway. This was arranged by Mrs. Gráinne Faherty, whose late husband had been a “Knight of St. Therese.” Along with parishioners, people from neighbouring parishes and other parts of the county turned out in hundreds to venerate the sacred relics. In a highly reverential atmosphere, people of all ages lined … Read More

The Season of Advent

In our modern culture, it is all too easy to forget that Christmas has not yet arrived. The celebrations seems to have already come by the end of November. Everywhere we go, shops are decorated with yuletide glee. We hear Christmas carols on the radio and see Christmas programming on television. By the time the feast itself comes around, some of us may have almost had enough of it. This premature (and often very secular) celebration of Christmas can obscure … Read More

Rite of Absolution over the Catafalque

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:46) During the month of November, the Church is particularly mindful of her children who are suffering in purgatory. In addition to the Requiem Mass, the Sacred Liturgy contains a treasury of intercessory prayers and rites which are offered and performed to benefit the members of the Church Suffering. One such ceremony is the Absolution, which is performed … Read More

Marriage v Virginity

Marriage a gift from God – The Church’s Understanding through Scripture. We have seen how Christ dispensed with the concession permitting divorce which was given by Moses.  We also know that Moses gave this concession on account of the hardness of men’s hearts.  Does this mean that with the arrival of Christ men became softer of heart? The crucifixion clearly shows that men were still very much hard of heart but interestingly, the reaction of the disciples to Christ’s re-establishment … Read More

The Islamisation of Europe – Part 2

Iben Thranholm , Theologian and Journalist, Talks to Anne Keeling About Islam Part 2 of a 2 Part Interview with Anne Keeling. (Read Part 1 Here) “Islam – The Real Threat to Christian Europe?” During the ‘Conference of Catholic Families’ hosted by the Lumen Fidei Institute in August, Mr Márton Gyöngyösi, a Hungarian politician, gave a talk called “Islam – the Real Threat to Christian Europe?” which Iben Thranholm has seen and describes as “completely spot on”. “He was really … Read More

Marriage in Matthew, Mark & Genesis

Christ nullified the concession of Moses. So far, we have seen that a false notion of marriage has become prevalent throughout western society even amongst Catholics. We have seen in the Gospels how Jesus, in both Matthew 5:31-32 and in Luke 16:18, nullified the concession, given to the people by Moses, which permitted divorce. The Church confirmed this interpretation at both the council of Florence and the Council of Trent therefore any confusion as regards the Church’s position on marriage … Read More

Marriage in Sacred Scripture

First published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland in December 2013 The Notion of Marriage is Undermined In the first article I noted that western civilisation has collapsed due in no small part to the ongoing collapse of marriage.  The traditional understanding of marriage has been seriously undermined in our society to such an extent that most people in western society, including many if not most, Catholics, now see marriage as a romantic sexual relationship where two people, regardless of sex, … Read More

Vatican-sponsored “youth” event, a Mixed Bag

Reflections on the Meeting of Young People with the Pope and the Synod Fathers in the Paul VI Audience Hall (Vatican City, Saturday, October 6, 2018) Fr Nicholas Gregoris Amidst the downfalls of pouring rain on Saturday here in Rome, the Pope gathered with young people and the Synod Fathers in the dry confines of the Sala Nervi, also known as the Paul VI Audience Hall inside the Vatican City State. The Pope entered the vast Hall and made his … Read More