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Friday, February 26, 2021

Fr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message...

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues inviting us to “renew our faith, draw from the living...

Fr Paddy: It’s nearly Spring … A Time of Hope

As the evenings lengthen and new signs of life appear in our gardens, we welcome a new spring. The following ancient story tells how the...

John Whelan: The Slieve Blooms – a cut above the rest

Far off hills are greener, or so the saying goes. But for my money the Slieve Blooms would more than hold their own with any, near or...

Fr Paddy: Outrageous reference to God … far from funny

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock, over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical clip broadcast on RTE’s New...

Fr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness

2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How...

Fr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel

Saint Matthew, tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him...

Fr Paddy: The Gift of Generosity this Christmas

Christmas 2020 comes after a most challenging year, a year we will never forget. We see light at the end of the tunnel, but...

Fr Paddy: The life of faith also teaches us how to wait

There are many ways to wait. We know many people today who are waiting for the arrival of a better world. There are those...

Fr Paddy – Advent, a time to hope

Current restrictions are about to lift. Whilst we continue to live in this time of pandemic, I’m really looking forward to the resumption of...

Fr Paddy: Joe Biden … A man of faith

He carries a rosary in his pocket, one that belonged to his dead son, Beau. On Election Day, he went to Mass, as he...

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Fr Paddy: The Giver is bigger than the Receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words... Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were...

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who...

Fr Paddy: The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we...

Fr Paddy: November, a time to remember

2020 has been some roller-coaster, one that will be remembered for generations to come as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of...

Fr Paddy: All will be well …

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: Pope Francis warns of ‘extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism’

On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death, Pope Francis celebrates Mass before the Saint’s tomb and signed his Encyclical “Fratelli tutti”. Pope Francis,...

Fr Paddy: St Francis – an iconic Saint

Upon his election in March 2013, Pope Francis said: 'Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis...

Weekend Read: Laois and midlands crying out for camping facilities

Laois is crying out for improved camping facilities. The dogs on the street are barking it. It is not a problem, but rather a great...

Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times

Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing...

Fr Paddy: The life story of Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a...

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