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The giver is bigger than the receiver

Fr Paddy: Without counting the cost …

There is story in the Gospel about a leper coming to Jesus on his knees and pleading with him, saying, ‘If you want to,...

Fr Paddy: Let go … Let God

It’s good to think of prayer, not just as saying prayers, or speaking to God, but as listening to God. Not just as words but...
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Fr Paddy: Meandering our way through unprecedented times

Security is an important reality we all desire, even though most of us spend most of our lives doing just that. We long for...
Emo Court

Fr Paddy: A message of Hope following a walk in Emo Court

As we move closer to the Month of May, it brings a sense of hope and fresh opportunity. A recent walk in Emo Court, reminded...
Easter

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

Easter is a time of hope and new life, an opportunity to begin again in a new way. The Angel said to the wounded followers...
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Fr Paddy: Make time to share a meal this Easter

This is Holy Week, a sacred time when through ritual and symbolism we remember and give thanks for the great sacrifice Jesus made for...
Priest

Fr Paddy: The danger of keeping silent

The number of priests and members of religious orders in Ireland has dropped by 70% since 1970. In the past three years more than...
Ukraine

Fr Paddy: The Strangest Dream

Tanks in the city streets of Ukraine. Blocks of flats on fire. Wrecked and burnt-out trucks, twisted metal and shattered windows. Small groups of cold...
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Fr Paddy: The Little Flower … a powerful Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was a French Catholic who became a Carmelite nun at an early age. She died in obscurity at the age...
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Fr Paddy: St Patrick – icon of solidarity

After two long years of lockdowns and living with the reality of pandemic, it is with a great sense of joy that we can...
Martin Luther King

Fr Paddy: Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders

In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil rights march. His dream seemed a long way off. Criticised by white church leaders,...
Lent

Fr Paddy: Make the most of Lent

Saint Basil, known as the Great, was a fourth-century bishop of the Eastern Church who was known for his care for the poor. He was...
Starfish

Fr Paddy: ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something’

In the Bible, the Virgin Mary was named Sella Maris, which means star of the sea. The Virgin Mary is a symbol of guidance and...
Fr Paddy Slowing Down

Fr Paddy: The importance of slowing down

Most of us live rushed lives, dashing from one thing to another. One consequence is that we live on the surface of life, skimming...
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Fr Paddy: Stay positive because life is the best educator

February is such a beautiful month. The brighter evenings and earlier mornings, awakens within us, a new energy. Winter has passed and thankfully the darkness...
Spring

Fr Paddy: A springtime of hope

There was a great sense of relief and unburdening, when An Taoiseach Micheal Martin, announced the ending of most of the restrictions, regarding COVID-19. We...
Ashling Murphy

Fr Paddy: Remembering Ashling Murphy

The recent tragic death of Ashling Murphy, has left a deep sense of vulnerability and pain, in the heart and soul of our nation. Ashling’s,...
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Fr Paddy: Five spiritual tips for new year 2022

The best resolutions are elastic, they cannot be broken with a single act. If you swear never to touch red meat, one burger ruins the...
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Fr Paddy: Happy New Year

A new year is here! This means new beginnings, new journeys, and new resolutions. The New Year is often seen as an opportunity to improve...

Fr Paddy: Let the light shine

At this time, every year, we hear these words from Scripture: ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light’. Familiar words indeed,...
O Holy Night

Fr Paddy: ‘O Holy Night’ continues to inspire hope and comfort

The gun should never have been left lying around in the first place. Making the carelessness even worse was that it was loaded. With two...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: The Little Drummer Boy

Generosity is a wonderful gift. To have a big heart is a blessing that is to be open and compassionate in love to the...

Fr Paddy: Advent – A counter cultural season

Christmas seems to arrive now by the start of November and ends on Christmas day. In a secular culture the season of Advent, a time...
Jesus Christ

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King

This week, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, we are called to work with this King. And this King is the one who...
Climate Change

Fr Paddy: Climate change and COP26

The two young ladies were noisy. Vinisha Umashankar and Greta Thunberg. Vinisha said: “We’ll build the future, even if you are stuck in the past....
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Fr Paddy: How prayer can help overcome phobias

Many situations in this pandemic world present themselves as almost impossible: coping with stress, keeping going under pressure, addressing tough health issues, coping with...

Fr Paddy: November – A time to remember

Halloween did not come from Hollywood but rather its origins are strongly connected to ancient Celtic roots. In Celtic Ireland, about two millennia ago, Samhain...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: In the name of God

Pope Francis, in a keynote address to the popular movements, a group that includes activists working on a wide variety of justice causes, called...
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Fr Paddy: Nine principles for building solid foundations

One key biblical image is that of building solid foundations, making a dramatic distinction between building on rock as opposed to on sand (Matthew...
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Fr Paddy: Leave the phone at home

“God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That...