Article 80 – The Virtue of Modesty
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Marriage! The Virtue of Modesty

Few Catholics understand Modesty

I find that when dealing with the subject of modesty, particularly in regard to how one dresses, very few Catholics seem to understand either the true nature of modesty or the importance of this virtue. It is a very sensitive subject particularly for women, because it is always personal, dealing as it does with how we dress, how we choose to present ourselves and with how we would like others to see us. This is why some people get upset whenever this issue is raised.

Pitfalls to be Avoided

In coming to an understanding of the importance of modesty there are a couple of pitfalls that must be avoided.Read the rest

Save the Catholic Family, Save Society
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This talk was broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 2nd September 2016

It continues to look at the fact that Irish people no longer desire to marry young. it looks at the address of Pope Pius XII in 1947 to Women titled “Papal Directives for the Woman of Today:”

You can get a transcript HERE

You can listen to the show HERE

This talk stresses the importance of the Traditional Catholic Family.

It calls into question the tactics of those Catholic pro-life organisations who seek to gain a pro-life victory using solely secular arguments and who deliberately prohibit the use of religious imagery such as that of Our Lady of Guadalupe from being used at pro-life rallys. … Read the rest

Article 56 – Marriage! Eve V Our Lady
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, March 2016

Dom Prosper Gueranger

Today I would like to present a beautiful mediation from Dom Prosper Gueranger contrasting Eve with Our Lady. It comes from ‘The Liturgical Year’ for the feast of the Annunciation.

The Angel of Darkness

“In the garden of delights there is a virgin and an angel; and a conversation takes place between them. At Nazareth a virgin is also addressed by an angel, and she answers him; but the angel of the earthly paradise is a spirit of darkness, and he of Nazareth a spirit of light. In both instances it is the angel that has the first word.… Read the rest

Article 48 – Marriage! Our Lady of Sorrows
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, October 2015

A Powerful Devotion

Today I would like to take a break from ‘Synod watch’ and look to Our Lady. I have recently produced a booklet on the simple form of the devotion to Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, which consists in saying seven Hail Marys a day whilst meditating on each of the sorrows. The cover of the booklet features a copy of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Sorrows from Quito in Equador, and on the back are listed the promises to St Bridget for those who would practice this devotion.… Read the rest

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
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Two of my sons were confirmed in Gricigliano in Florence, Italy, at the seminary of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign priest in March of 2012.  There were eight of us there, my wife and I and six of our eight children.  One day, in order to give my wife a break, I went out for a drive with the six children in the countryside around Florence.  We came across what looked like a little forest park trail and I pulled in and we decided to go for a walk.

At the top of the trail we came to a church and there was a plaque which identified the church as being the convent which was built by the Seven Founder Saints in 1234. … Read the rest