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Fr Paddy: Time to think – God is with us

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to...
Fr Paddy Byrne

Fr Paddy: An eight-year old’s explanation of God

A second class student in primary school recently wrote the following wisdom … One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to...
Sunshine

Fr Paddy: Summer … A time to rest

Despite all the bad news, regarding huge queues and cancellation of scheduled air flights, it is still wonderful that Dublin International Airport, enjoys a...
Clonmacnoise

Fr Paddy: Synodality … Listening and Learning

Recently, the chiming of a bell at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, was significant. Laity, religious, priests and bishops, all participated at a daylong...

Fr Paddy: God’s Coffee

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...
Father Paddy 18 things to remember for summer

Fr Paddy: 18 Things to remember during our summer rest

The month of June, is a wonderful time of year. Long bright days that awaken within us all a sense of peace and calm. Traditionally...
Leaving Cert Exams

Fr Paddy: No state exam, can ever measure how valued and loved these young...

As we have begun the month of June, I pray sincerely that this bright month, will be a time of rich blessing, health of...
The Past

Fr Paddy: Anything that you have to control, controls you

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,...
Saint Charles de Foucauld

Fr Paddy: Saint Charles de Foucauld – an inspirational Christian

The following is a biography of the wonderful life, of an inspirational Christian, recently canonised by Pope Francis. For all of us it is...
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,...

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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...

From the Archives – Wired with Whelan: Celebrating the great Jim Yorke, a photographer...

This is an extract from Growing Pains and Growing Up, John Whelan's book celebrating 40 years in Journalism, published in 2018. It is available...
Turf

From the Archives – Pat Critchley: Priceless memories from working on the bog

This Pat Critchley piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in 2017 Long before the Spanish sun holidays became the norm, we had the bog. It was...
Fr Paddy

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...
Family Meal new

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...
Fr Paddy

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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