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Notre Dame Cathedral

Why cathedrals like Notre Dame are not a vainglorious extravagance During the Middle Ages, when all those mediaeval SUVs made the weather worldwide rather warmer than it is today, Notre Dame and the other great cathedrals of Europe were built. It had recently become fashionable in some circles to condemn these magnificent symphonies in stone as mere “ecclesiastical plant” – a vainglorious extravagance whose original building cost and subsequent maintenance costs would have been better deployed in feeding the poor. … Read More

Celebrating Human Life Conference – May 2019 – Savoy Hotel, Limerick

Saturday 25th May, 2019, is the first anniversary of the referendum which removed legal protection from innocent human beings in their mother’s wombs in Ireland. This will go down as one of the saddest days in Ireland’s long and troubled history. A day when the death sentence was passed on many of Ireland’s future children. The Lumen Fidei Institute will mark this first anniversary by hosting a conference ‘Celebrating Human Life’, in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick from 9.30am to … Read More

How laity should react when Bishops and priests fail to fulfil their mission

José Antonio Ureta was born in Chile in 1951, and is a founding member of ‘Fundación Roma’, which, through its ‘Acción Familia’ campaign, is today one of Chile’s most influential pro-life and pro-family organisations. Mr Ureta is well known to supporters of The Lumen Fidei Institute and to readers of the Catholic Voice newspaper, having addressed several of our conferences. The current presentation was made at our ‘Clarion Call to the Irish Bishops’ conference in the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, … Read More

The Culture of Death!

In his encyclical, ‘Evangelium Vitae’, Pope St John Paul II famously coined the phrase ‘culture of death’. It is important to re-read these things every now and then to keep them fresh in our minds. “In fact, while the climate of widespread moral uncertainty can in some way be explained by the multiplicity and gravity of today’s social problems, and these can sometimes mitigate the subjective responsibility of individuals, it is no less true that we are confronted by an … Read More

St. Gregory the Great and his dove

St. Gregory the Great is one of the most remarkable figures in Ecclesiastical History. He had in many respects a tremendous influence on the doctrine, organisation, and discipline of the Catholic Church. The saint was born in Rome about 540 and died the 12th March 604. He was raised in a pious Patrician family, and as a young student so excelled in grammar, rhetoric and dialectic as to be thought foremost in these disciplines in Rome. He very likely studied … Read More

40 Days & 40 Nights for Life in Silverstream Priory

John Carlin writes about an important Pro Life prayer vigil which began on Ash Wednesday, 6th March 2019, and continues until Sunday 14th April 2019 – more Adorers are encouraged to sign up using the contact details at the end of this article. “Yes” side knew how to sell a lie.As we all know, abortion is a procedure that intentionally stops the heartbeat of one of our most vulnerable little brothers and sisters through an act of violence. People can … Read More

The Demise of Catholic Education in Ireland

Dr Eanna Johnson presented his findings on the collapse of Catholic Education in Ireland at The Lumen Fidei Institute’s Spring conference at The Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, on 12th March, 2019. We are delighted to make a video of his talk available and we ask you to share this with other Catholic parents in Ireland who wonder whatever happened to the Irish education system. Dr Johnson’s talk looks at a brief time in the history of Catholic Education in Ireland … Read More

LENT: Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving

The greatest success the Evil One, the Father of Lies, has perpetrated in our time is to persuade the world that he does not exist. He is not some socio-psychological construct of the human psyche to represent our shared experience of evil. Rather, the devil is very real and his kingdom seems to be ever growing. The existence of the devil and his minions was not something so swiftly relegated to the realm of the imaginary in the minds of … Read More

St Athanasius

St. Athanasius, the great bishop of Alexandria and a Confessor and Doctor of the Church, was born between 296 and 298 in Alexandria, and died the 2nd May 373.  He is remembered as “the Father of Orthodoxy;” the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation that the Church has ever known.  Gifted with a powerful character and intellect, his childhood education was that common to youths of a better class and included grammar, rhetoric, jurisprudence, and … Read More

Heaven & Earth are full of Your Glory

“Thou standest amid cherubim and seraphim and other exalted spirits of high rank.” Nurturing a sense of the supernatural Spiritual reality in times past, was nurtured by the Catholic environment. While most noticeably in churches, the sense of the supernatural also existed in the minds and hearts of the faithful.  It is hard to keep this in mind now when the secular world intrudes into the sacred, as it so often does. Churches, especially the newer buildings, no longer have … Read More

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