Fr. Paddy's Blog

Fr PaddyFr. Paddy Byrne writes a column in the Carlow Nationalist and provides this blog as a way for parishioners and others to read and comment on the themes discussed there.

His regular contributions entertain, educate and provide insight and hope. Comments will be moderated.

Moving to a new parish

July 24th, 2012 by abvadmin

OVER the coming days, like many priests in our diocese, I will prepare for beginning to minister in a new parish.
Being fulfilled, content and happy is a wonderful gift – a gift that in my ministry in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, I was most grateful and appreciative for the past six years.
This is a time when [...]

An act of inspirational honesty

July 17th, 2012 by abvadmin

ACTIONS speak louder than words.
I was greatly inspired recently by the honesty, integrity and, indeed, generosity of a lady I never met or probably never will.
Along with 50,000 people, I attended The Stone Roses’ summer concert in the Phoenix Park.
It was a fantastic occasion of music, energy and celebration.
Walking to the venue in what, to [...]

TRAVELLERS – Like or dislike them

July 10th, 2012 by abvadmin

In a time of crisis and economic uncertainty often deep prejudice and harsh judgements can be made towards vulnerable groups in society. Social welfare recipients, ethnic minorities, the elderly, the gay community are just some examples of groups who often are victims of prejudice harsh judgements and criticism. The travelling community are an ethnic minority [...]

The Power of Prayer

July 2nd, 2012 by abvadmin

The following is a profound and yet very real story, told in relation to our human need in times of crisis as we turn to prayer. So often we can judge and be negative when we evaluate our communication to God. Perhaps the conversation seems one way. Perhaps words are inadequate or simply we [...]

Richness in Poverty

June 26th, 2012 by abvadmin

The past week has bee a hopeful one for me, celebrating youth retreats. Listening and sharing faith stories with young people. I mentioned the following story of a young Girl, who lived in the Railway community in Calcutta. This community is one of the most impoverished, rejected and isolated groups perhaps in our world. Poverty, [...]


June 19th, 2012 by abvadmin

Carlow Town, over the past week in my opinion has been looking fantastic, with its colourful bunting and many venues hosting and celebrating culture and arts in our ‘Éigse Festival’. In a similar way this week, the people of Bagenalstown celebrate ‘Pride of Place’. This celebration is an endeavor to acknowledge the important and valuable [...]

Remembering our loved ones

June 12th, 2012 by abvadmin

During these summer months, Graveyard or Cemetery Masses will take place in many local places of burial. I often marvel at the attention many people give to their loved ones burial space. A sign not just of deep affection, but hopefully a source of comfort and consolation. We never forget a loved one who has [...]

Trust in our higher power.

June 5th, 2012 by abvadmin

When Archbishop Francis Xavier of Vietnam, was sent to a re-education camp, he joined a group of 50 prisoners. They slept in a common bunk, an environment of the cruellest and harshest poverty possible, with only 50cm of space for each prisoner. In bed, he celebrated Mass by heart. A prayer where he found tremendous [...]

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