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Friday, December 2, 2022

Fr Paddy: Advent … A time to be patient

It should be no secret to anyone that we do not know the date of Christ’s birth, and so the Church baptised a Pagan...
Somalia Drought

Fr Paddy: I was hungry and you gave me food

Hunger is a problem that has plagued humanity for millennia, and it continues to haunt us. The United Nations and World Food Programme 2021 report,...
Faith

Fr Paddy: Lord increase our Faith – four steps to help

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring...
Peace of Mind

Fr Paddy: What is peace of mind? Seven tips to help you attain it

Peace of mind, is a feeling of being safe or protected, it is the absence of worry. It’s achieving a calm state of mind...

Fr Paddy: Our Guardian Angels are always closeby

Steve Montgomery was headed home from a painting job when something crazy happened. As he drove down the interstate, he noticed what looked like...

Fr Paddy: It is time for ordination of Women Deacons

The recent National Synthesis document, followed extensive consultation with thousands of Irish Catholics across the island since last October and culminating in reports published...

Fr Paddy: Queen Elizabeth – An iconic Christian

These are historic times. The death of Queen Elizabeth II has brought with it a huge outpouring of grief and sympathy, for a life...
Father Paddy 18 things to remember for summer

Fr Paddy: Living in the present moment

One day a man walked past a camp of elephants. Looking closer, he was surprised to see that these mighty animals weren’t held in...
Classroom

Fr Paddy: Life is our greatest teacher

It's hard to believe that it's back to school time again. This has been a wonderful summer and I do hope that all school...
Together we are stronger

Fr Paddy: Together we are stronger

There has been much discussion and commentary, regarding the publication of the synthesis of feedback from our national Synod. The synod is a process, initiated...

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Brother Kevin Capuchain Centre

Fr Paddy: Brother Kevin … A living Saint

A small number of public figures are instantly recognisable by their first name. One of them is Brother Kevin, the founder of the Capuchin...

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: The power of prayer and the importance of slowing down

The following is a profound and yet very real story, told in relation to our human need in times of crisis as we turn...

Fr Paddy: Harvest Thanksgiving

Time seems to be moving extremely quickly. It's hard to believe that August has arrived. This is a wonderful time of year when harvest begins...
Fr Paddy colum's this week is about remaining positive

Fr Paddy: Stay positive and never give up

The following stories awaken a sense of hope and encouragement for us all. Well worth reflecting upon…. The Frog Race There was once a bunch of...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: A guide to prayer

In the secular world, mindfulness is much embraced and practiced. Personally, I find it difficult to differentiate between practicing mindfulness and prayer. Prayer and meditation...
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...

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