Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 1

First Day: Fruits of Charity and Joy. –

Hymn: Veni, Creator Spiritus


Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – charity and joy.

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

O most holy Spirit, the Paraclete, we adore Thee with all humility; and with the most lively affections of our hearts, we beseech Thee to assist us in this Thy novena, that we may rightly prepare ourselves to receive Thy heavenly gifts. … Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost

On the 9th of May 1897, Pope Leo XIII wrote the encyclical ‘Divinum Illud Mundum’ on the Holy Spirit.  In it he decreed the following

Wherefore, We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church,this year and in every subsequent year, a Novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday, in all parish churches, and also, if the local Ordinaries think fit, in other churches and oratories.”

With this in mind I am going to put a Novena to the Holy Ghost on the blog over the next nine days leading up to Pentecost Sunday.  This Novena comes from Rev A.A.… Read the rest

Marriage Article 5

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This article was first published in February 2014.  It looks at Dei Verbum in the light of St Paul’s sometimes difficult teachings on Marriage.  It is available to download as a pdf from the Marriage Articles page.

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

Marriage in Scripture

Christ, in the Gospels, laid down the essential foundations for marriage without which marriages cannot validly take place. Marriage must be between one man and one woman, they must be open to life and freely co-operate with God in the gift of procreation which is the primary end of marriage.Read the rest

Marriage Article 4

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This article was first published in January 2014 and continues to look at the Catholic understanding of Marriage through Sacred Scripture.

This article can be downloaded from the Marriage Articles Section


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

We have seen how Christ dispensed with the concession permitting divorce which was given by Moses. We also know that Moses gave this concession on account of the hardness of men’s hearts. Does this mean that with the arrival of Christ men became softer of heart? The crucifixion clearly shows that men were still very much hard of heart but interestingly, the reaction of the disciples to Christ’s re-establishment of the indissoluble bond of marriage is recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.Read the rest

The Shop in Knock – The Blessing

Finally I have a little time to update the blog.  I have been operating a little shop near the Catholic Shrine in Knock since last August.  Initially I was located in a temporary premises a little bit away from the actual shrine and it was clear to me that not many people passed this way.  Fortunately, since November last year, I have relocated to another premises which is across the road from the original parish church of St John the Baptist here in Knock.

I usually attend the early morning mass at 8.00am in Knock and on the 12th March this year my wife pointed out to me that the side altar of St Joseph had been prepared for the celebration of the Latin Mass. … Read the rest

Marriage Article 3

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This article was first published in January 2014 and it looks at what is essential for a valid marriage through the eyes of Scripture.

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

Christ nullified the concession of Moses

So far, we have seen that a false notion of marriage has become prevalent throughout western society even amongst Catholics. We have seen in the Gospels how Jesus, in both Matthew 5:31-32 and in Luke 16:18, nullified the concession, given to the people by Moses, which permitted divorce. The Church confirmed this interpretation at both the council of Florence and the Council of Trent therefore any confusion as regards the Church’s position on marriage can only be through ignorance, or through wishful thinking, or else through a disregard for the teaching authority of the Church.… Read the rest

Marriage – Article 2

This article was first published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland in December 2013

It is available for download through the Marriage Article link at the top of the page

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

Notion of Marriage Undermined

In the first article I noted that western civilisation has collapsed due in no small part to the ongoing collapse of marriage. The traditional understanding of marriage has been seriously undermined in our society to such an extent that most people in western society, including many if not most Catholics, now see marriage as a romantic sexual relationship where two people, regardless of sex, decide to publicly pool their resources in order to increase their chances of happiness.… Read the rest

St John Damascene

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Today is the Feast of St John Damascene who lived in the seventh century.  I was interested to find out that St John was a great defender of the use of religious icons and images against the iconoclasts.  Given that I reproduce Sacred Art I might consider adopting him as one of my patrons.



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