Updating Blog, Shop and Site

Here in Ireland, I write a column on marriage for a Catholic fortnightly paper called ‘The Catholic Voice’.  I am hoping to make all of these articles available on the website and I managed to post another three today.  You can download those posted so far in .pdf format from the ‘marriage articles’ link at the top of the page.

I have also managed to put a few more sacred art pictures up for sale.  These are available as photographic quality prints via the webshop

May God bless you

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Article 9 – Marriage! The Salvation of Souls

The Call to be Faithful

The two previous articles in this series explored two extraordinary wives, Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora and the Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur, who loved their husbands despite all the odds, and who, through their heroic sacrifices, obtained the conversion of these men both of whom ended their lives as priests of the Holy Catholic Church. Just imagine for a moment how the lives of these four spouses would have turned out if these two wives had refused to take up the cross fashioned for them on the day they took their marriage vows. Think of the eternal consequences and of the many souls, now saved through the example and advice of these women, who may have been lost if these women had chosen differently.Read the rest

Article 8 – Another Difficult Marriage

Elisabeth Leseur

Another more recent example of a wife obtaining the great fruits promised by St Peter is the story of the servant of God, Elisabeth Leseur, who was born into a well to do family in Paris in 1866. She was fervent in the practice of her faith as a child and was very well educated. She married Felix Leseur on July 31st 1889.

Felix was brought up a good Catholic and qualified in medicine in Paris. However his materialist education and his reading of the libertine authors of the eighteenth century led to him abandoning his faith and all belief in God.Read the rest

Article 7 – The Difficult Marriage

Marriage a gift from God

The Difficult Marriage – following St Peter’s advice:

“In like manner also let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conversation of the wives”. (1 Peter 3:1)

Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora was beatified alongside Saint Gianna Molla and Blessed Isidore Bakanja by Pope John Paul II on 24th April 1994. At her beatification Pope John Paul II said;

“For her part Elizabeth Canori Mora, amidst a great many marital difficulties, showed total fidelity to the commitment she had made in the sacrament of marriage, and to the responsibility stemming from it.Read the rest

Shop going on-line Thursday 10th December 2015

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I haven’t been updating the blog in recent months as I have been working away in the background to get the shop up and running.

My computer skills are good, but I have never put a shop online before and so I have had to learn the basics.

I had to close the retail shop in Knock due to the seasonal nature of the pilgrimage season but I will be offering a small but growing range of Catholic Art prints both classical and home designed.  These will be available in two sizes A4 and A3 and are suitable for framing.  I decided not to continue with framing the prints myself as it is impossible to get the glass insured and there is a danger of breakages during shipping. … Read the rest

Legio Sanctae Familiae

On Saturday 21st November 2015, I delivered a talk at a Catholic family conference in Limerick, Ireland hosted by ‘The Catholic Voice’ and ‘The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest.  The talk was titled ‘ Catholic Families will save the world and I used this talk to formally launch ‘Legio Sanctae Familiae’ – ‘The Legion of the Holy Family’.

The idea of this Legion is to form an army of Catholic Families who, under the headship of husbands and fathers will reclaim the authority that rightfully belongs to the family.  These husbands and fathers will seek to lead their wives and children in holiness. … Read the rest

Trinity Sunday – The Athanasian Symbol

Today is Trinity Sunday.  As a Benedictine Oblate I recite the office of Lauds first thing in the morning.  Today in the Benedictine Office the ‘Athanasian Symbol’ or ‘Athanasian Creed’ is recited.  Whilst scholars do not now believe that this creed was written by St Athanasius it is nonetheless an approved creed of the Catholic Church. No harm to recite it today in Ireland given the recent apostate result of our referendum on same sex relationships.


Whoever desires to be saved, above all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.
Which unless every man keep whole and inviolate, without doubt he will perish forever.
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Article 6 – Marriage and St Peter

Marriage a gift from God – The Church’s Understanding through Scripture

This article was first published in The Catholic Voice in March 2014

St Peter on Marriage

We have seen that Dei Verbum says “the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.”. With this in mind let us have a look at St Peter’s thoughts on how Catholic husbands and wives should behave. It is interesting to remember that St Peter himself was married so he speaks from experience.Read the rest

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