Fr. Paddy’s Blog

An Instrument of Peace
August 6, 2020

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in the Good Friday Agreement he signed...

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Mind Your Mind
July 31, 2020

I was moved by Brendan O Connor’s interview with Brent Pope recently. Brent spoke of his reflective-time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother in New Zealand who had...

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Stay Positive
July 24, 2020

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry. God is always big and bigger. Little minds...

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Appreciate Little Things
July 17, 2020

Ode to a mouse or a spider: Robbie Burns writes well on the little things. When he was ploughing, he disturbed the home of a mouse. He apologised in a...

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Suicide – A pandemic that continues to devastate.
July 9, 2020

During the past ten days, five lives have been lost to suicide in Laois. Wonderful lives, abruptly ended, leaving behind families overwhelmed with grief and sadness. We live in most...

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Ending Direct Provision
July 2, 2020

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland have launched a new study, Protection with Dignity: Roadmap to System Change, which identifies necessary steps for system change to put an end to Direct...

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Returning to Mass
June 26, 2020

The global pandemic, has had a shattering effect on humanity. This deadly virus, has made no exceptions, its ugly presence has wounded Princes, Prime Ministers, celebrities, parents, grandparents, siblings, husbands,...

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Feast of Corpus Christi
June 12, 2020

In 1263 a German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, made a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in Bolsena, Italy, to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Christina. At the...

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Black Lives Matter…. All Lives Matter
June 5, 2020

We are seeing now in the cities throughout America, the kind of violence that comes after justice is denied, and after oppression has lived in a land and amongst a people...

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Spirit of God, Loving and Free
May 29, 2020

These days all of us are confronted with situations which seem confusing and contradictory and we wonder where we are going and what the outcome might be. At times we...

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Ascension A Time to Hope
May 22, 2020

This Sunday we celebrate together the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, celebrating the moment when forty days after His Resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended in glory into...

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Darkness into Light
May 15, 2020

Despite the confinement and lock-down, not to mention the Corona virus, we have enjoyed great weather this spring. Nature and the environment, has offered us all a sense of hope...

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