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Fr Paddy: From beyond hope to Amazing Grace

John Newton was a cruel and vile man who seemed beyond hope, but he became an example of God’s amazing grace. His true story...

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

On Friday, February 1 we celebrate St. Brigid's Day, a day which brings great hope. St Brigid brings with her a story of compassion, generosity,...

Fr Paddy: Helpful tips to overcome Blue Monday

After the buzz and good cheer of the festive season, January can feel like one long and exhausting slog. Researchers have dubbed January 21st as...

Fr Paddy: Remembering the enigmatic TV art critic and nun Sr...

Sister Wendy Beckett, recently died aged 88, could be dismissive of the high-profile television work that made this hermit nun with owl-like glasses into...

2018 Remembered: Portlaoise priest says ‘church cannot bury its head in...

Back in May, the people of Ireland and Laois voted to Repeal the Eight Amendment – paving the way for abortion to become legal...

Fr Paddy: Christmas – A Time to Hope

The Advent Season is a time to get ready for the approaching feast of Christmas. Liturgically this is a time when we prepare for...

Fr Paddy: Dealing with stress in our lives

A motivational speaker walked confidently around the room holding a glass of water while leading a seminar on stress management. Everyone guessed she was going...

Fr Paddy: How to handle adversity

How do you handle adversity? What are you thinking when the sun goes down on those cold, windy nights, when you're trying to get...

Fr Paddy: Generosity is contagious and beneficial

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: November… A time to remember

It's the time of year when the shadows lengthen, evenings fall quickly and our busy lives slow down, all of which is this is...

Fr Paddy: Letting go of things that aren’t good for us

Anything that you have to control, controls you. There are many variations to this story, but it’s quite instructive. In South America, Africa and Asia, the...

Fr Paddy: How best can we celebrate Sacraments?

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to...

LISTEN: The Papal Visit, Leaving Cert results and the current state...

Brought to you in association with Finline Furniture On this week’s UnLaoised Podcast, Brian Moss is joined  by the ‘tweeting priest’ Fr Paddy Byrne, Laois...

Fr Paddy: Kildare and Leighlin Pilgrimage to Lourdes – a place...

St Bernadette, of Lourdes once said “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces... never be afraid to pick one of...

Fr Paddy: A very clever Dog!

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day, the dog...

Fr Paddy: The Gift and Challenges of internet according to Pope...

Pope Francis recently remarked that “The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.” Francis says that ”Communication technology,...

Fr Paddy: ‘When one of us is threatened, we are all...

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?”...

Fr Paddy: First Communion – Sacrament or Pantomime?

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to...

Portlaoise priest says ‘church cannot bury its head in the sand’...

Portlaoise priest Fr Paddy Byrne has called on the Catholic Church in Ireland not to 'bury its head in the sand' following the decision...

Fr Paddy: Bishop Curry’s royal wedding sermon emphasised the power of...

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, born in Chicago, was selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to present the sermon at their Saturday wedding...

Fr Paddy: Angels are gifts from God

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom God’s love, commits me here, Ever this night, be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and...

Fr Paddy: Growing Older a Sacred Gift

Growing older brings its challenges ...... But this can be a time to relish and value...the following story I find inspirational... An 87 Year Old...

Fr Paddy: ‘See the light of Goodness in all people’

The month of May, brings with it great beauty and certainly uplifts our spirits. As we begin this new month, take time to enjoy...

Fr Paddy: A time to vote No …

The forthcoming referendum on May 25th is fast approaching. A referendum, that calls us to reflect upon issues, that are often deeply sensitive, personal...

Fr Paddy: Remove ‘any fear of holiness’

Gaudete et Exultate The third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis’ pontificate, published recently is a call to holiness—simple and accessible, without being watered down or...

Fr Paddy: ‘We all respond to warmth and welcome’

We are at our best when we feel at home and at ease. This is the great Gift of the Risen Lord, just as...

Fr Paddy: Easter – ‘All is possible’

Easter 2018 brings with it a time of hope and new beginnings. Signs of continued economic recovery, growing employment bring with it a recovery...

Fr Paddy: Holy Week – a new day dawns

Next Sunday, March 25th, Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week. Seven days, filled with Religious Symbolism and Rituals, from Washing Feet to Venerating the...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause

The cycle of liturgical seasons continues and now we find ourselves a over half way through Lent this year, days of reflection and remaking,...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to let go

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a...