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Fr. Paddy's Blog
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]