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The Misery of Need

Posted on
Friday, September 21st, 2018

Intolerance and harsh judgments always create a sense of division, separation and exclusiveness. Those who cannot conform to the confines of acceptability often find what it is to experience exclusion. The addict, prisoner, foreign national, homeless, and many more know painfully what it is to be left out and cast aside often to a sub-culture of silence and fear. Pope

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Grandad’s Hands

Posted on
Friday, September 14th, 2018

His hands were age-spot-ridden and weathered by time, and they seemed enormous in comparison to the one-week-old puppy he scooped up from the litter. “Here you are, Toby.” Granddad stretched out his arms toward Toby, carefully unfolding his hands from around the pup. “Now be real gentle there young man. Don’t want to break it.”

Toby’s eyes widened as he

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The Season of Harvest Time

Posted on
Friday, September 7th, 2018

Next weekend here in Portlaoise we celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving. An occasion of gratitude and prayer that will happen in many places of worship this time of year. There is something very fulfilling about eating fresh vegetables that you have nurtured and cultivated with your own hands. As we celebrate the beginning of August, once again we are reminded of

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Reflection on Papal Visit

Posted on
Friday, August 31st, 2018

Now that the visit of Pope Francis has concluded, it is good to pause and reflect. Anyone who gave the visit even a small amount of attention will have her or his own views on its scope and its impact. Almost everyone will have heard once too often the comparison with the visit of Pope John Paul II, thirty–nine years

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The Good Shepherd

Posted on
Friday, August 24th, 2018

As Pope Francis’ papal visit takes place, I think of an adaptation of Psalm 23 (The Good Shepherd). It was Pope Francis who said that the Church should imitate this admirable figure. “Each one of us can do our part by having the attitude of the Good Shepherd, who knows every one of his sheep, and excludes no one from

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Posted on
Friday, August 17th, 2018

This is a historic week here in Ireland as we welcome Pope Francis. His visit is an important one. The Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park will be the largest gathering of people in Europe this year. Personally I findPope Francis a most inspirational

pontiff. His simplicity, inclusivity and deep compassion points at all times to the radical love of

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The Gift Young People Bring To The Church

Posted on
Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Pope Francis will travel to Ireland in two weeks to attend the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin. Since the last Papal visit by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1979 Irish society has changed drastically in many aspects,  including the religious landscape. The forthcoming visit of Pope Francis will be an opportunity for many Irish

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Pope Francis- A Man of his Word

Posted on
Friday, August 3rd, 2018

This week a new movie is being released in Ireland detailing the life and papacy of Pope Francis. It is  certainly timely as soon we welcome Pope Francis for his first visit to Ireland. This occasion will have a very specific reach out to family life. Francis, is pragmatic in his understanding that every family, carries its strengths and challenges.

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