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Fr Paddy: Christianity and the scapegoat – a mighty challenge

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made...

Fr Paddy hits out at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following Dail comments...

At a recent exchange about funding for a by-pass in Cork, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, compared the leader of the opposition to ‘one of...

Fr Paddy: Cardinal John Henry Newman set to be canonized

The Vatican announced recently that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13th 2019, in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July...

Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for...

This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and...

Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with...

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...

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

We can wait no longer - Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders. In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil...

Fr Paddy: Turning Green is being Christian

Recent European and local elections highlighted that our environment and climate change is a fundamental concern among most citizens. Young people lead this awareness in...

Fr Paddy: May – the month of Mary

Mary Queen of the May. May is marked with 'Alleluias' as we celebrate the Resurrection and live into the Easter joy we proclaim. May is also...

Fr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred gift

How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive...

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint this dead...

Fr Paddy: 13 steps to ensure you have brighter days

Take just a few minutes and apply one of the tips below and see how it brightens your day. 1. One minute of appreciation Take a...

Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all

The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 1–3, 11–32) has an extraordinary amount of wisdom and good advice packed into it. Indeed, the more...

Fr Paddy: Spring – a blessed season of Hope

According to the English Catholic priest-cardinal John Henry Newman, “Growth is the only evidence of life.” Life is then most apparent in the springtime with...

Fr Paddy: Fr John… A lovely man

The recent tragic death of Fr. John Cummins, following a freak car accident has left me numbed and deeply saddened. It resonates with ancient...

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: 10 New Year’s resolutions from the Pope

Pope Francis's 10 New Year Resolutions In a very frank interview published in the Argentine weekly “Viva”, Pope Francis gave out 10 very sensible pieces...

Fr Paddy: Christmas … A Time to Ponder

Some years ago, a few weeks before Christmas, I observed a flustered young mother who had been dragged into the toy section of a...

Fr Paddy: The story of Silent Night as this year marks...

Christmas carols remind us that Jesus is very much the reason for the Season. In a secular culture, these wonderful traditional hymns seems to be...

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: Oscar Romero – How the good will always prevail

This week Oscar Romero will become Saint. A life that gave tremendous witness to the poor and vulnerable people from South America. Archbishop Romero was assassinated...

Fr Paddy: How the Franciscan movement was born

Recently, the feast of Francis of Assisi was celebrated on Thursday, October 4. Francis the radical reformer of the 13th century, although in our...

Fr Paddy: The Gift Young People Bring to our Church

Pope Francis will travel to Ireland in two weeks to attend the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin. Since the last...

Fr Paddy: Ash Wednesday is for lovers

ASH Wednesday February 14th St. Valentine's Day, marks the beginning of Lent. Nothing says love like ashes!!!!!!!!!  Traditionally, Lent brings with it a time...

Fr Paddy pays tribute to ‘inspirational’ Stradbally man

The passing of Bernard Fitzpatrick from our faith community leaves a large loss. Not just to his beloved family and friends but to so many...

Fr Paddy: From God … to all his children

Effective Immediately: Please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order...

Fr Paddy: The cracked pot

Life is a sacred journey. Recently I spent time with a young man terminally ill. His frank honesty and wisdom, grounded me to appreciate...

Fr Paddy: Why Easter 2017 Matters

Will the sun dance this Easter morning 2017? The joy of Easter morning brings much needed hope to a world beset by many challenges:...

Fr Paddy: A Holy Week Monologue

I don't belong here. I really don't. Paradise is the last place I expected to end up after all I've done. Let me tell...

Fr Paddy: The Tuam babies scandal – anger, pain and disgust

The finding of babies mortal remains in a former mother and baby residential home in Tuam, has awakened much anger, pain and disgust. The plight...