Inappropriate “Speech” at Knock Novena

by Anne Keeling Are celebrities now our spiritual guides? On Wednesday the 16th of August, during the annual Knock Novena, RTE TV sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey was the invited “speaker” at the afternoon and evening Solemn Novena Mass in the Basilica. Odd choice? Certainly. A layman for starters, and, as he confessed himself in his opening few words, no Holy Joe. In fact he went on to say that he was “no Holy Marty”. This coyly irreverent pun was the … Read More

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary has always been a favourite devotion among the faithful. It has been sanctioned by the Church and introduced into the Missal and Breviary. During Lent, it is good to keep before our mind’s eye the inexpressible sufferings endured for us by the Mother of God, our Co-Redemptrix. This pious exercise is reinforced each year as we make the Way of the Cross chanting the verses of the hymn Stabat Mater between each station. The … Read More