Fr. Paddy’s Blog

Joe Biden…. A Man of Faith
November 19, 2020

He carries a rosary in his pocket, one that belonged to his dead son, Beau. On Election Day, he went to Mass, as he does every Sunday. In his victory...

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The Giver is Bigger than the Receiver
November 12, 2020

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words.... “Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy...

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When Winter Comes, can Spring be far behinde?
November 6, 2020

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who have gone before us, those...

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The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020
October 29, 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we lived in a perfect existence...

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November-A Time to Remember
October 22, 2020

2020, has been some roller-coaster, that will be remembered for generations to come, as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of greater restrictions, I pray that healing,...

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All Will Be Well
October 15, 2020

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired...

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Fratelli Tutti
October 9, 2020

On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death, Pope Francis celebrates Mass before the Saint’s tomb and signed his Encyclical “Fratelli tutti”. Pope Francis, has warned against “myopic, extremist,...

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St. Francis- An Iconic Saint
October 1, 2020

Upon his election in March 2013, Pope Francis said: 'Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of...

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Building Faith in Challenging Times
September 25, 2020

Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right, relying on...

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The Life of Matt Talbot
September 16, 2020

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a heavy drinker and, as a...

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The Plague of Gossip
September 11, 2020

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What a wonderful thing to be...

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Students Are More than Points…
September 2, 2020

I have a recurring dream, it centres itself around my leaving cert. I find myself sitting my history exam and not having a clue of any of the answers. I...

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