Article 106 – Putting God First
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The Greatest Commandment
And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)

Some time ago, I came across an analogy while I was doing a bit of research on the American Catholic author, Phil Lawlor.… Read the rest

Article 105 – I Am The Lord Your God
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A Dark and Evil Day
Although most people are blissfully unaware of it, the week of Friday 19th January 2018, was one of the darkest and most evil weeks in the history of the Irish nation. Grown men and women, many of them parents of children, all of them elected representatives, stood up in the Irish parliament chamber one after the other, to outline the conditions under which they believed that certain human beings, members of our nation, should be allowed to be put to death.

If a child’s mother was raped, it should be legal to kill that child.… 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 88 – Reflections on Recent Events
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The Manchester Bombing

On Monday 22nd May 2017 at approximately 10.30 in the evening, just after a concert in the Manchester Arena by the American singer Ariana Grande, a suicide bomber detonated a home made explosive device killing himself and twenty two other people and injuring over one hundred others. The ISIS organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.

I ask your prayers for all involved in this horrible tragedy.

It is somewhat easy to be dispassionate about this event because I do not personally know anyone who was either killed or injured in this attack, nevertheless I am acutely aware that we must not in any way take from the fact that this was a great evil.Read the rest

Article 34 – Marriage! The Prophetic Voices
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, April 2015

The Prophet is Derided in his own Country

Whilst these articles deal in the main with the Catholic understanding of marriage and what has gone wrong with marriage in this country, it is impossible to deal with this subject without every so often, taking a look around at the prevailing climate of the times. In my last article I mentioned that God always sends prophetic voices amongst His people. However, more often than not, the prophet is derided in his own home and it is often the case that it is only the death of the prophet and the passage of time that allows us to look back and see the light that was shining in the darkness.Read the rest