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Fr Paddy: The gift of generosity this Christmas

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 time to open doors

This week we begin the liturgical season of advent. A hope filled few weeks, when we prepare to welcome, yet again, the light and peace...

Fr Paddy: The Problem of Direct Provision

Fintan O’ Toole (Irish Times) recently wrote: “In 1992, the concept of limbo - a place for the souls of infants who died before...

Fr Paddy: 10 tips of sound advice from the man above

I really like the following guidelines from the boss's desk!! If we can read them slowly and often it may well help us to implement...

Fr Paddy: November – A Time to Remember

Time moves by too quickly, where has this year gone?! This week we begin winter time. November is a time to remember all our loved ones...

Fr Paddy: Saint John Henry Newman, a wonderful saint

This Sunday, October 13 2019 will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be...

Fr Paddy: An ‘Extraordinary Mercy’ – ‘I give you the power...

Pope Francis made a phone call to a leading theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry in part over his LGBTQ-affirming work,...

Fr Paddy: Know the importance of pressing the pause button

Time moves by too quickly, this week we will begin the month of October. Sometimes it’s good to hit the pause button. The following reflection...

Fr Paddy: Life is the coffee – the jobs, money and...

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in...

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...