Article 102 – Rise Up Maccabees
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Those Who Promote Marriage will be Attacked
I am conscious that I have been repeating Sr Lucia’s words to Cardinal Caffara regularly in my talks and in my articles. She said that “anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” I have begun lately to notice that we are indeed under attack. The attacks take on various forms. Some are personal in the form of temptations to sin or to discouragement, others are more direct and can affect family or friends.

Several years ago, when I was battling, sometimes unsuccessfully I must admit, against a particular temptation to which I had become prone over the course of my life, my spiritual director responded to a mail I sent him as follows.… Read the rest

Article 100 – The Centenary
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My 100th Article for Catholic Voice
Today marks another milestone in my journey with the Catholic Voice newspaper. This is my one hundredth article in Catholic Voice. A centenary of articles during the centenary of Fatima! What began as a simple question to Anthony Murphy, “would you be interested in some articles on marriage and family?”, with the reply, “send me in something and we’ll see”, has turned into a journey of faith exploration. In these turbulent times for the Catholic Church, I recently received an e-mail which ended, “thank you for your wonderful articles in the Catholic Voice, which has kept me sane in these very confusing times.” It is these kinds of responses that make the journey and the effort worthwhile.… Read the rest

Article 99 – Fathers, We Are At War
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Address to Fathers of Families
At last year’s Catholic Voice conference in Limerick, I made the following address to fathers of families. I am not ignoring mothers, but fathers need to be given a wake-up call because the father is the spiritual and physical head of his family.

Make Sure You Know What the Catholic Church Teaches
“Fathers, make sure that you are fully conversant with what the Church teaches you about your role as Man, Husband and Father. Make sure that you know what is taught by Pope Piux XI in the encyclical ‘Casti Connubi’. Make sure that you have given your assent to the teachings of this document.… Read the rest

Article 98 – The Truth is not Relative
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The Light of Faith
There are two things that came to mind recently regarding the title of our new organisation ‘The Lumen Fidei Insitute’. Both are concerned with the whole image of the Light of Faith. If you pass by a house during the daytime, and a light happens to be left on in the front room, you will not notice it. Pass by the same house at night, and the same light will be noticeable from far away. The light has not gotten any brighter, but it shines even more clearly because of the surrounding darkness. I think the same is true of our Catholic faith, as the darkness of apostasy grows, so too the Truth of the Catholic faith seems to shine more brightly.… Read the rest

Article 97 – The Truth will set you Free
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Filial Correction
I begin writing this article having just read the “Filial Correction of Pope Francis For the Propagation of Heresies” which has been signed by 62 Catholic academics and pastors from 20 countries. The document begins “With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church…” These words “with profound grief” caused me to reflect on something I noticed some time ago.

I have developed a custom whereby after attending Holy Mass in the parish church in Knock I go first to pray to St Joseph at his altar on the left of the main altar and then I go to pray to Our Lady at her altar which is on the right of the main altar.… Read the rest

Article 95 – Confession
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Matthew Chapter 24 – Prophetic
In recent times I have been struck, time and again by chapter 24 of St Matthew’s Gospel, where Our Lord warns His disciples to be aware of being seduced by false prophets saying, “For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many.” (Matthew 24-5). I have often thought about what methods the devil will use to seduce those who seek to live up to the demands of the Catholic faith, in order to lead them astray. We find some answers in The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola where he gives us rules for the discernment of spirits.… Read the rest

Article 94 – Confusion Continues
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Cardinal Schonborn’s Errors
In my last article, I spoke about a senior cardinal who recently visited Ireland and who erroneously, and contrary to Catholic Church teaching said, that it is possible to answer ‘Yes’ to the first of the five dubia that were submitted to Pope Francis by four other cardinals, one of whom, Cardinal Raymond Burke, is well known to Catholic Voice readers. Normally I do not name the personages concerned in these cases because I want to focus on the words of these men and not on the men of the words. However, because this is a current issue which is capable of leading Catholics astray, I feel that it is important for ordinary Catholics to know who these people are.… Read the rest

Article 92 – You Are Not Alone
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Many Faithful Catholics feel Isolated and Alone

I attended a Mass recently which was celebrated by Fr Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International. During the course of his sermon, Fr Boquet told us that we are not alone in this battle. He mentioned how he travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life and that in each country he visits, there is a group of people who are fighting the battle for life. They may be just a small group but nevertheless, they are there, in the trenches fighting away against the culture of death.

I have mentioned over the course of several articles that during the series of talks that we gave around Ireland, many people who wish to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, said that they feel alone and isolated.Read the rest

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