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An Icon For These Addictive Times

In recent months not a day passes without addiction to drugs, drink, or gambling being the source of some tragic headline or news event. The deceased Celtic Tiger is busy dumping its evil poisoned fruits. Perhaps now is the time for all prayerful Catholics to support the recent initiative of the Archbishop of Dublin to re-invigorate the cause of a holy Dublin labourer, Matt Talbot, for the highest honour the Church can bestow — that of sainthood. Of course I … Read More

Quo Vadis Irish Bishops?

The need for Irish Catholics to pray for our bishops grows more urgent by the day. One could be forgiven for thinking that our Irish bishops have lost their way. Irish Catholics will once again be officially denied access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Easter Sunday and the Irish bishops, by their actions, fully support the unjust penal restrictions that have been forced on lay Catholics. The bishops and the priests will get to attend the Holy … Read More

The New Irish Penal Laws Have Been Confirmed

As we go to press there has been a development in Declan Ganley’s case against the unjust State imposed ban on public worship. The State had been asked by the High Court to clarify whether there is a legal basis for Covid-19 restrictions on people attending Mass or whether they are merely advisory. The State have confirmed that the restrictions are not merely advisory but carry legal weight — in the eyes of the State it is therefore illegal to … Read More

Would The Early Christians Have Closed Their Churches?

Pliny, the Roman historian and shrewd observer of events, once wrote to his friend the Emperor Trajan: “These Christians are a strange bunch. They make their God and then they eat Him.” This is one of the earliest and most important independent testimonies to the unhesitating belief of the early Church in the doctrine of transubstantiation. If you try Googling it, it is very likely that the only reference to it that you will find is in an article by … Read More

The Banning Of The Sacraments

In an incredible development, the new Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, has all but forbidden Catholics in his diocese to worship almighty God. There is to be no Holy Communion; no Eucharistic Adoration; no baptisms unless there is a danger of death; no coming together for the Rosary or Stations of the Cross. All of this comes about just as Professor Oran Doyle of the Trinity College Law Department has published an article which clearly shows that religious services … Read More

Hope In A Time Of Crisis

We received the following poem from a former gambling addict who now helps those suffering from addiction. Many people do not realise that recovering addicts are currently denied access to their support groups; they are not allowed to meet. This can lead some of them into despair or to a return to their addictions. Colin tries to give them Hope. Corona Death The wind has got my number, it’s responding to the dead.Damn banshees dealing poker from the bottom of … Read More

Blessings In Disguise

As readers will know we are currently living and working in England, we are very keen to return to Ireland but this will not be possible until Kim’s back has healed well enough to cope with the journey home, progress is steady but slow and it is likely we will have to stay here until the summer. One of the advantages of being in England is that I am able to attend Mass several times a week. The spaces are … Read More

Servant Of God Jacques Fesch

“Great sinners make great Saints. God has big plans for you”- Servant of God Fr. John Hardon SJ. I really love every story of conversion because each one is unique just like all of our human stories. But what each one has in common is the glorious power of God to touch our lives in an instant and transform them sometimes instantly. In a meditation of the day in the Magnificat I came across a piece about Jacques Fesch who … Read More

The Sacrament of Confession

There are three “parts” of the sacrament of penance, three things that are required of those receiving the sacrament of penance: contrition, confession and satisfaction. These three conditions are known as the acts of the penitent. (Incidentally, the “penitent” is the person going to confession; the “confessor” is the priest administering the sacrament.) This sacrament exists to set us free from the sins we have committed. “Whoever commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). That explains the three … Read More

The Mass is Utterly Essential

Let us begin with a prayer for our bishops imploring God that they will allow us to return to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Easter. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. I have recently had to move house as my landlord and his wife needed to move back into the house we were … Read More

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