Fr. Paddy’s Blog

Grandparents-A Real Blessing
July 23, 2021

This week, in a special way we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents. Family is all about ‘connection’, and grandparents are vital links in the chain. As...

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Sadness and anger at death of Fr. Stan Swamy SJ
July 16, 2021

News of the death in prison of Fr Stan Swamy SJ, an Indian human rights activist, has occasioned great sadness and not a little anger, among his friends and fellow-Jesuits...

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Gathering Around The Table
July 9, 2021

I was really disappointed for so many children and families who again were prohibited from celebrating baptisms, communions and confirmations. Our churches continue to be greatly restricted and in limited...

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Dont Judge Others Before You Know Them
July 2, 2021

Pope Francis often refers to the “Poison of Gossip”. Passing on bad news is negative and toxic. The more at peace we are within ourselves, the more at peace we...

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Light at the end of the Tunnel
June 25, 2021

Even though it’s summer, this has the feel of spring about it. We seem to be like calves released from our winter hibernation, stampeding around the place, throwing our heels...

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Accepting Difference
June 17, 2021

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost from birth experienced massive rejection due to his...

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1500th anniversary of St. Colmcille
June 9, 2021

St. Colmcille (also known as St. Columba) is one of Ireland's patron saints, a distinction he shares with St. Patrick and St. Bridget. He was born in Gartan, County Donegal...

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What is Peace Of Mind?
May 28, 2021

Peace of mind, is a feeling of being safe or protected, it is the absence of worry. It’s achieving a calm state of mind regardless of your situation and circumstances....

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A Prayer for Students during this Pandemic
May 21, 2021

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Young people have been particularly affected by this pandemic. Third level students have been engaged on...

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Last Will and Testament
May 14, 2021

The celebration of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven is an important feast. It brings with it both promise and hope. These days are thankfully much brighter. The light...

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Prayer-A Sacred Conversation
May 6, 2021

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what you tried and failed in,...

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A Much Brighter Tomorrow
April 29, 2021

Mary Robinson has joined more than 150 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in signing an open letter to US president Joe Biden calling for a “people’s vaccine” to...

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