The Word on the Week
August 25, 2008

EC Christian Deficit

In a refreshingly forthright speech, Cardinal Brady took issue with the fact that the “the claims and influence of secularism and relativism have gone largely unchallenged in the Irish culture and media”. Indeed those driving the European agenda, which Pope John Paul II described as having a “loss of Christian memory” may need to be […]

August 18, 2008

Cemetery Sunday

“What strikes me when I come back here is that someone is always going to a funeral.” The community aspect of funerals was highlighted in the comment made by someone returning from the UK for Cemetery Sunday. The cohesion of the community at funerals reflects respect for the dead and sorrow and support for the […]

August 11, 2008

Five interlocking rings

The celebration marking to opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing must rank as favourite for the title “the greatest show on earth”. It was breathtaking as our senses were overwhelmed by the sheer scale and technical complexity of the “Birds Nest” stadium. The gravity denying deeds appeared to be miraculous. The bonus for China […]

August 4, 2008

Faith is a yes to a yes

Of all the definitions of faith I have heard this one is the latest! It is hard to comment on the one-liner which was used last week in the address to the annual gathering of the Legion of Mary at Knock except to say it was positive. It certainly beats the schoolboy’s “Faith is what […]

July 28, 2008

Up the Reek

Warm sunshine and the attention of the media doubled the numbers climbing Croagh Patrick last Sunday. An astonishing 35/40,000 climbed the 2,510feet from the shores of Clew Bay to the boulder strewn summit. The televised Mass on the mountain top broadcast the beautiful singing of the choir sending the message that “Jesus Christ is Lord” […]

July 21, 2008


Now that summer appears to have visited these shores and the school holidays are in full swing we can take time out to enjoy our many blessings. This is the blissful period between the end of term tests, now but a dim memory and the ominous prospect the results, still far enough removed not to […]

July 15, 2008

Gender Matters

We are not told in the Bible why God made Adam and Eve instead of Adam and Steve but it makes sense when a short time later he commands them to “be fruitful and multiply”. We are not told why the one man and one woman in lifelong monogamous relationship was the best arrangement to […]

July 9, 2008

The way we are

The Bible authorises three groups for the promotion of human existence. They are the Nation the Church and the Family. All three are under attack. The Nation because we fear being subsumed into the EC. The Church because we want to live as we please. The Family because the marriage bond is thought to curtail […]

July 1, 2008

Mugabe’s last lap

There is something incongruous in seeing President Mugabe with a Bible in his hand. The same hand that is stained with the blood of his own people whose only crime was to exercise their democratic right and vote for the opposition. Not that the Bible doesn’t highlight many bloody examples of rulers who like Mugabe […]

June 16, 2008


Actuarial statistics tell us that life expectancy is currently increasing at the rate of 5 hours per day! A new born child who would have had 70 years to look forward to is now looking at an 84 year life span. Not only are we living longer but we can increasingly control just how much […]

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