Monday, 29 June 2009
And at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church.
And he killed James, the brother of John, With the sword.
And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes.
And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers, to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people.
Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shined in the room. And he, striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands.
And the angel said to him: Gird thyself and put on thy sandals. And he did so. And he said to him: Cast thy garment about thee and follow me,
And going out, he followed him. And he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision.
And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street. And immediately the angel departed from him.
And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed that the Lord hath sent his angel and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 16,13-19.
And Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
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Sunday, 28 June 2009
What did the early Church teach about abortion?
The Problem with the Pro-life Movement
Saturday, 27 June 2009
AN investigation has been launched into suspected electoral fraud in Monaghan.
The probe came after the Irish Independent revealed that seven immigrants were registered to vote at an empty house in Ballybay, which had not been lived in for almost three years.
Their names were added to the supplementary voting list in Monaghan just days before the deadline expired -- and the county council did not have the staff to check them.
In a statement, Monaghan County Council local returning officer Paul Clifford confirmed that he had launched an investigation into the claims.
But there is already growing pressure for the investigation to be widened to take account of further allegations of electoral fraud:
- There were sightings of "car-loads" of immigrants being brought across the border to Ballybay and then directed to the polling station on election day.
- There have been more reports of immigrants registered to empty houses in the county, with local politicians unable to ever find anyone living in the locations despite multiple canvassing visits. They said the problem seemed to be "widespread" and "systematic".
- In an even more serious development, a local businessman discovered that somebody had voted in his name in while he had been on holiday in Spain during the June 5 elections. He contacted Monaghan County Council, who confirmed that his vote had been used in his local polling station in Castleblaney. It is understood he has made a complaint to gardai.
The man responsible for looking after the house at the centre of the council investigation in Ballybay has confirmed that nobody has lived there for almost three years -- and that the owner is currently in the US.
Neither of them were aware the house was listed as the address for seven immigrant voters who were added late to the electoral register.
The council has said that all of the voters who were added to the list had provided signed forms which had been stamped by gardai. But it is understood most of the seven immigrants registered to the empty house in 2 Church Street in Ballybay did get to vote.
Sinn Fein Councillor Jackie Crowe said he was concerned by the revelations -- and by the possibility that the election result might be declared invalid
Friday, 26 June 2009
EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy says Irish people shouldn't be ashamed about their rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.
Speaking in Dublin this morning, McCreevy admitted that the treaty would have been rejected in most member states if it had been put to a public vote.
He said many EU leaders were glad they had no legal obligation to hold referenda on the treaty in their own countries
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Written by Jim Corr
This is a MUST WATCH for those who properly want to understand the current financial crisis we ‘find’ ourselves in…
Here’s a prophetic quote from the 3rd President of the USA, Thomas Jefferson…
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
I believe that what we’re now witnessing is an engineered global financial collapse, an implosion of the world economy by design.
To understand this we need to look at the Federal Reserve Bank in the US and the crash of 1929-1933.
People may not know this but the Federal reserve bank is a private bank, which is in private hands. It is no more Federal than ‘Federal Express’.
With the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of December 23rd 1913, the federal reserve took control of the nations money supply, effectively usurping the government.
The federal reserve bank was blamed with the crash of 1929.
To quote Milton Friedman, the Nobel prize winning economist he said…
“The Federal Reserve definitely caused the Great Depression by contracting Americas’ money supply by one third between 1929 and 1933.”
To quote also Rep. Louis T. McFadden, chairman of the house committee on banking and currency he said about the great depression…
“It was no accident. It was a carefully contrived occurrence. The international bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so they might emerge as the rulers of us all.”
He went on to say…
“When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure. Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers but the truth is – the Fed has usurped the Government. It controls everything here and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will.”
People are led to believe that in part it’s incompetence that got us into this financial mess. No no, these elite international bankers don’t make financial mistakes, we’re talking here about Economic Scientists and Financial Wizards who know exactly what they’re doing!
Through either an expansion or a contraction of the money supply in the system they are able to move a great many people between prosperity and poverty or grades there of.
The whole fractional reserve inflationary deflationary monetary system is set up to ultimately benefit only those at the top controlling the system.
The fractional reserve system allows banks to lend money that they’ve created out of thin air and charge interest on it.
I now understand that financial crises can be and are created as a means to shear the wealth from the masses, after all the wealth doesn’t just disappear, it gets transferred!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Another plan is to have a workshop over a weekend. Some ideas for this workshop include:
How to canvass
Maintaining a Street Stall
How to speak at meetings.
Another workshop is of a religious nature.
Some discussions on Social, Economic aspects in Irish Society.
Friday, 19 June 2009
'The Hungry Utopia' by Mrs. Deirdre Manifold makes a poignant account of the migration of the Irish people. Frank O' Rourke, a character of the novel fought in the GPO in 1916 with Michael Collins and later was marched to the cattle boat that took them to the prison camp in Frongoch in Wales. Collins had a great influence on O' Rourke, who hailed from Leitrim. Gazing at Collins must of been a bit like the Apostles looking the Christ at the Transfiguration. At the Somme, thousands of Irishmen threw their lives away for an alien cause. There was no delight in this but deep sorrow at the loss of so many young Irish men. Meanwhile in Ireland.
Too soon they reached the Railway Station. He had wished it would take them a few hours to get to it. The Station was crowded with whole families in little groups clustered around the one who was emigrating, mothers crying loudly, fathers and brothers trying to talk cheerfully to hide their anguish. It was full of broken hearts, mothers knowing well that in all probability they would never see their loved one again in this world. That awful train would come any minute to take them away in their flower of their youth and strength that they would give freely to the building up of a country they did not know and did not love cruelly dragged from the womb of the land they loved.
The train steamed in, hissing and spluttering, drowning out the sorrowful wails of the people on the platform. All eyes turned to the train except those of the mothers who wanted to hold their loved ones forever in their adoring gaze. The cries of the mothers became louder, mourning a son or daughter, sobbing as if they were looking into the coffin of their loved ones, as indeed in a sense they were. They knew only too well that the number of those who would ever be able to return was pitifully small. Of the vast number who had left over the years, not one in fifty ever came back, even for a holiday, and often only bad health would force them to return to be cared for till they died.
Collins made the point in Frongoch just after the 1916 Rising: what we must do is to build a new state inside the shell of the old one, until we can split the husk and emerge and when we have made the government of Ireland impossible for England, then we will have beaten England despite all her navies and artillery" Where was Mr De Valera? De Valera was living it up in a private suite in the Waldorf Estoria in which his neighbours were the Prince of Wales and the Big Bankers of the world.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
An appendix from ‘Money Manipulation and Social Order’ written by the late Fr. Denis Fahey. C.S.S.p.
The book was written in the 1940s and very relevant reading in our society today. Fr. Fahey mentions a very practical book by Mr. F.C. King on how to grow about twenty-five of the most common vegetables based upon the natural order.
Healthy human beings, the animals and plants that humans feed upon must be healthy. The plants that nourish the animals must be healthy. Mr King made the point that the first condition of successful gardening is to build up soil fertility. Vegetable wastes can be returned to the soil. As fertility of the soil builds up, pests and diseases disappear, because the crops will protect themselves. A heavier crop will be yielded if fungicides and insecticides are avoided.
A disordered domination of finance has been and will be responsible for the ruin of much good land.
Let us thank God for the land.
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Monday, 15 June 2009
A female garda has appeared at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with making a false statement to gardaí alleging that she was attacked by a taxi driver.
The court heard 25-year-old Niamh O'Connor, from Rathnure, in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, had pleaded guilty to the offence, which happened on 28 December 2007.
She is currently suspended from work and will be sentenced on 9 July.
In court today, Sergeant Ronan Muldoon gave evidence that on the night of 27 December 2007, Ms O'Connor was socialising in Dublin city centre with friends.
In the early hours of the morning, she took a taxi home from the Camden Street area.
At around 4am, she rang Bray Garda Station, where she was stationed, in a distressed state. She told a garda colleague she had been attacked in a taxi on the way home.
A number of gardaí called to Ms O'Connor's home where she repeated the claim. The court heard she was intoxicated.
She showed her colleagues a ripped dress she said she had been wearing and her tights were also torn.
Gardaí were concerned because there had been a similar incident reported to them that night. They took the complaint seriously and began to seek CCTV footage from the area.
The following afternoon, Ms O'Connor made a detailed four-page statement at Donnybrook Garda Station.
She said a number of men, one of whom was in the car boot, had attacked her and that she fought her way out of the taxi.
She gave details of the model of the car, the colour and height and build of the driver and two other men she alleged attacked her in the taxi.
Sergeant Muldoon told the court Ms O'Connor had made a previous false report when she was intoxicated and had been reprimanded internally for this.
After she signed the statement, he said he asked her if she was satisfied with it.
When he warned her about its seriousness, she admitted it was 'completely false and total lies'.
Ms O'Connor told gardaí she had made the complaint because the taxi driver had given her a dirty look.
Her defence counsel Remy Farrell told the court she had previously suffered from depression and had not 'been right' since working at a fire where two firemen died in Bray three months earlier.
He said she had apologised for wasting garda time and was facing the prospect of being dismissed from the force.
There are countless lurid stories all over the vile media aimed at attacking the Church and plenty of Catholics appear to be uncritically taking in the poison.
These are the actual facts from the Child Abuse Commission Report:
The Report makes absolutely sickening reading in places, giving descriptive accounts of some of the abuse reported by witnesses, but the facts boil down to this:
From 1936 -1970 more than 50 Industrial and Reformatory Schools operated in Ireland looking after a total number of children greater than 170,000. More information at the link below:
Of these 170,000 former 'inmates' less than 800 came forward to report to the Child Abuse Commission any experience of physical or sexual abuse.
MALE INDUSTRIAL AND REFORMATORY SCHOOLS
403 male witnesses reported physical abuse in a total of 26 schools.
Just 4 schools accounted for half (49%) of the reported abuse.
The vast majority of reported abuse happened in the 1950's and 60's.
197 witnesses (42%) left the schools before 1960.
202 witnesses (43%) left the schools between 1960-69.
58 witnesses (12%) left the schools between 1970-79
17 witnesses (4%) left the schools between 1980-89
Perpetrators of Physical Abuse
438 priests, brothers and nuns were accused of inflicting physical abuse.
95 lay staff were accused of inflicting physical abuse.
21 were named as priests.
378 were named as religious brothers.
39 were named as female religious serving in mixed junior schools.
75 were named as lay male staff.
20 were named as lay female staff employed in mixed junior schools.
38 witnesses also reported physical abuse perpetrated by older pupils.
242 male witnesses reported sexual abuse in a total of 20 schools.
4 schools accounted for more than half (61%) of the reported sexual abuse.
The vast majority of reported sexual abuse happened in the 1950's and 60's.
88 witnesses (35%) left the schools before 1960.
119 witnesses (47%) left the schools between 1960-69.
37 witnesses (15%) left the schools between 1970-79.
9 witnesses (4%) left the schools between 1980-89.
Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
164 priests, brothers and nuns were accused of sexual abuse.
25 lay staff were accused of sexual abuse.
12 were named as priests.
139 were named as religious brothers.
4 were named as female religious serving in mixed junior schools.
19 were named as lay male staff.
6 were named as lay female staff employed in mixed junior schools.
39 school pupils were accused of carrying out sexual abuse.
18 others (voluntary workers/visitors &c.) were also accused of sexual abuse.
FEMALE INDUSTRIAL AND REFORMATORY SCHOOLS
374 female witnesses reported physical abuse in a total of 39 schools.
Just 3 schools accounted for more than a third (38%) of reported abuse.
The vast majority of reported abuse happened in the 1950's and 60's.
132 witnesses (34%) left the schools before 1960.
175 witnesses (46%) left the schools between 1960-69.
69 witnesses (18%) left the schools between 1970-79.
7 witnesses (2%) left the schools between 1980-89.
Perpetrators of Physical Abuse
245 priests and sisters were accused of inflicting physical abuse.
81 lay staff were accused of inflicting physical abuse.
2 male ancillary workers were accused of inflicting physical abuse.
4 were named as priests.
241 were named as religious sisters.
2 were named as male lay staff.
79 were named as female lay staff.
23 witnesses also reported physical abuse perpetrated by older pupils.
127 female witnesses reported sexual abuse in a total of 35 schools.
2 schools accounted for nearly a third (29%) of the reported sexual abuse.
The vast majority of reported sexual abuse happened in the 1950's to 1970's.
274 incidences of sexual abuse were reported.
40 cases of rape (15% of reported sexual abuse).
168 cases of other types of physical sexual abuse (61%).
60 complaints of enforced nakedness whilst waiting to shower &c. (22%).
6 cases of indecent exposure (2%).
22 witnesses (17%) left the schools before 1960.
64 witnesses (50%) left the schools between 1960-69.
35 witnesses (27%) left the schools between 1970-79.
7 witnesses (5%) left the schools between 1980-89.
Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
31 priests and nuns were accused of sexual abuse.
29 lay staff were accused of sexual abuse.
14 were named as priests.
1 was named as a seminarian.
16 were named as female religious.
17 were named as lay male staff (farmhands &c).
12 were named as lay female staff.
46 school pupils were accused of carrying out sexual abuse.
82 others (family, public, external professionals) were also accused of sexual abuse.
Reflecting on the figures above certain things become very clear.
If we make the assumption that all the accusations are genuine, and that is by no means certain as, if I remember correctly, something like 12,000 people have jumped onto the compensation/extortion bandwagon due to the hype surrounding the Report, and there are proven cases of false accusations of sexual abuse for financial gain such as the one linked to below, we find that:
1) 151 homosexual's successfully infiltrated the Church as clerics and religious and managed to target around one third to one half of the Industrial and Reformatory schools in order to carry out abuse.
2) 19 homosexual laymen also managed to infiltrate the above schools as staff members in order to carry out abuse.
3) 18 homosexual laymen also successfully targeted the above schools as visitors of some description or other in order to carry out abuse.
4) That gives a total of 188 sodomites targeting and successfully operating within 20 schools, with a large cluster of them, accounting for 61% of the homosexual abuse, based at 4 schools.
Comparing this to the incidence of priestly sexual abuse at female schools we find that 14 priests and one seminarian abused their positions for sexual gratification forced upon helpless girls.
That's quite a difference. Sodomites who successfully managed to infiltrate the priesthood and religious orders are responsible for ten times more sexual abuse.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
For Girls July 10th-19th
For Boys July 19th-25th
and the Society
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Friday, 12 June 2009
Ár nAthair atá ar neamh,
go naofar d’ainm;
go dtaga do ríocht;
go ndéantar do thoil ar an talamh
mar a dhéantar ar neamh.
Ár n-arán laethúil tabhair dúinn inniu;
agus maith dúinn ár bhfiacha
mar a mhaithimidne dár bhféichiúna féin;
agus ná lig sinn i gcathú,
ach saor sinn ó olc. Amen
Sé do bheatha, a Mhuire,
atá lán de ghrásta,
tá an Tiarna leat;
is beannaithe thú idir mná
agus is beannaithe toradh do bhroinne,
A Naomh Mhuire, a mháthair Dé,
guigh orainn, na peacaigh,
anois agus ar uair ár mbáis. Amen.
Glory be to the Father
Glóir don Athair agus don Mhac
agus don Spiorad Naomh;
mar a bhí ó thús,
mar atá anois agus mar a bheas
le saol na saol.Amen.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Sarkozy offers to come to Ireland
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he would be prepared to travel to Ireland to help gather support for a referendum over the European Union's stalled Lisbon Treaty.
When Sarkozy was in Dublin.
Lest we forget
1 Cor. 11,23-29.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread,
And giving thanks, broke and said: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me.
In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.
Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6,55-58.
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.
For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him.
As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.
Today is the great Feast of Corpus Christi.
Feast of Corpus Christi
(Feast of the Body of Christ)
Of Maundy Thursday, which commemorates this great event, mention is made as Natalis Calicis (Birth of the Chalice) in the Calendar of Polemius (448) for the 24th of March, the 25th of March being in some places considered as the day of the death of Christ. This day, however, was in Holy Week, a season of sadness, during which the minds of the faithful are expected to be occupied with thoughts of the Lord's Passion. Moreover, so many other functions took place on this day that the principal event was almost lost sight of. This is mentioned as the chief reason for the introduction of the new feast, in the Bull "Transiturus."
The instrument in the hand of Divine Providence was St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, in Belgium. She was born in 1193 at Retines near Liège. Orphaned at an early age, she was educated by the Augustinian nuns of Mont Cornillon. Here she in time made her religious profession and later became superioress. Intrigues of various kinds several times drove her from her convent. She died 5 April, 1258, at the House of the Cistercian nuns at Fosses, and was buried at Villiers.
Juliana, from her early youth, had a great veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, and always longed for a special feast in its honour. This desire is said to have been increased by a vision of the Church under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot, which signified the absence of such a solemnity. She made known her ideas to Robert de Thorete, then Bishop of Liège, to the learned Dominican Hugh, later cardinal legate in the Netherlands, and to Jacques Pantaléon, at that time Archdeacon of Liège, afterwards Bishop of Verdun, Patriarch of Jerusalem, and finally Pope Urban IV. Bishop Robert was favourably impressed, and, since bishops as yet had the right of ordering feasts for their dioceses, he called a synod in 1246 and ordered the celebration to be held in the following year, also, that a monk named John should write the Office for the occasion. The decree is preserved in Binterim (Denkwürdigkeiten, V, 1, 276), together with parts of the Office.
Bishop Robert did not live to see the execution of his order, for he died 16 October, 1246; but the feast was celebrated for the first time by the canons of St. Martin at Liège. Jacques Pantaléon became pope 29 August, 1261. The recluse Eve, with whom Juliana had spent some time, and who was also a fervent adorer of the Holy Eucharist, now urged Henry of Guelders, Bishop of Liège, to request the pope to extend the celebration to the entire world. Urban IV, always an admirer of the feast, published the Bull "Transiturus" (8 September, 1264), in which, after having extolled the love of Our Saviour as expressed in the Holy Eucharist, he ordered the annual celebration of Corpus Christi in the Thursday next after Trinity Sunday, at the same time granting many indulgences to the faithful for the attendance at Mass and at the Office. This Office, composed at the request of the pope by the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, is one of the most beautiful in the Roman Breviary and has been admired even by Protestants.
The death of Pope Urban IV (2 October, 1264), shortly after the publication of the decree, somewhat impeded the spread of the festival. Clement V again took the matter in hand and, at the General Council of Vienne (1311), once more ordered the adoption of the feast. He published a new decree which embodied that of Urban IV. John XXII, successor of Clement V, urged its observance.
The feast had been accepted in 1306 at Cologne; Worms adopted it in 1315; Strasburg in 1316. In England it was introduced from Belgium between 1320 and 1325. In the United States and some other countries the solemnity is held on the Sunday after Trinity.
GUÉRANGER, The Liturgical Year (tr. Worcester, s.d.); BUTLER, Feast and Fasts; KELLNER, Heortologie (2nd ed., Freiburg, 1906); Der Katholic (Aug., 1898), — BÄUMER Gesch. des Breviers (Freiburg, 1895).
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APA citation. Mershman, F. (1908). Feast of Corpus Christi. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04390b.htm
MLA citation. Mershman, Francis. "Feast of Corpus Christi." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 11 Jun. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04390b.htm>.
Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Stephen M. LaChance.
Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
The number of non-nationals claiming unemployment benefit has increased. About 44,640 people from places like Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia are recipients of the Social Welfare. Many are travelling to Ireland to avail of the social welfare system. A single person under 25 years of age gets 204 Euro per week here on welfare.
About 400,000 people are unemployed in Ireland. Free food parcels are being handed out daily in Dublin with the majority of those receiving them are, unemployed Eastern Europeans.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
NOVENA PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL
O Glorious St. Raphael, Patron and Lover of the Young, I call upon thee and plead with thee for thy help.In all confidence I open my heart to thee, to beg thy guidance and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Obtain for me through thy intercession the light of God’s grace, so that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. O Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand to find each other. May all our movements be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy. As thou didst lead the young Tobias to Sara and opened up for him a new life of happiness with her in holy marriage, lead me to such a one whom in thine angelic wisdom thou dost judge best suited to be united with me in marriage.
St. Raphael, loving Patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in life that person whose character will reflect the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he (she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.
St. Raphael, Angel of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Offer thy prayers to God for both of us and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as thou wert the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobias and Sara.
St. Raphael, Friend of the Young, be thou my friend, for I shall always be thine. I desire ever to invoke thee in my needs. To thy special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife (husband). Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love, and harmony in this life and attain to eternal joy in the next. Amen.
In honor of St. Raphael recite one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be.
Monday, 8 June 2009
THE convicted councillor Michael 'Stroke' Fahy, who defied a judge by refusing to resign his council seat, emerged as a poll-topper last night.
A first count in the Loughrea, Co Galway electoral area was delayed due to an earlier recount, but all sides agreed that the controversial Ardrahan-based outgoing councillor would easily head the field and almost certainly take the first seat.
A former Fianna Fail member, standing this time as an independent, Cllr Fahy was convicted by a jury last December of a charge of fraudulently obtaining the benefit of €7,055 from Galway Co Council. He has appealed the conviction, a jail sentence and a fine of €30,000.
Judge Michael White told him that the most aggravating factor was the serious breach of trust by an elected public representative, who had set out to defraud the very body to which he had been elected.
While he did not have the power to disqualify him as a councillor, the judge called on Mr Fahy to act with honour and resign his seat.
The pattern of former party stalwarts standing successfully as independents was repeated in remarkable fashion right across Galway county as well as in the city.
Former Progressive Democrats councillors Jim Cuddy and Thomas Welby romped away at the head of the poll in the Oranmore and Connemara electoral areas. Another independent councillor, Sean Canney, topped the poll in the Tuam area.
In Galway city, former PD stalwarts Donal Lyons and Terry O'Flaherty, now independents, headed the poll in their respective areas. For Lyons it was a huge personal triumph as he became the biggest vote-getter across all urban areas.
He said: "The reality is that these are all personal votes for each of us. We are all community-oriented and people can see the work that we do on the ground.
Outging mayor of Galway Cllr Padraig Conneely, who will relinquish the chain of office next week, revealed that a little religious help had propelled him safely back onto the city council.
Cllr Conneely said that 10 of the 13 cloistered nuns at the Poor Clare Convent in Galway city centre had given him their number one.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
The Green Party has lost all its city and county council seats in Dublin, where most of its TDs are based.
The party lost four seats in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, three in Fingal and two in South Dublin, as well as the single seat it won on Dublin City Council five years ago.
The party also lost its single seat in Carlow and in Galway City, and looks likely to lose seats in Meath, Monaghan and Kildare.
Only two Green Councillors have been elected so far: Brian Meeney held his seat in Clare, while Mark Deery gained a seat in Louth.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
The loss of truth is a hallmark of modern times. People seem to believe either that truth does not exist (“What is truth ?” asked Pontius Pilate), or that it exists but is not important, or that it exists and is important, but cannot be discovered by the human mind. Whichever way, let us eat, drink and be merry, because if falsehood is as good as truth, then wrong is as good as right, which makes me free to do as I like.
What is truth? Truth is the matching of mind and reality. There is truth in my mind when what is in my mind matches or corresponds to what is outside it, in reality. For nobody seriously believes that there is no reality outside his mind (unless he is mad), because for instance nobody whose car-engine stops does not lift the hood (or bonnet) to find out the cause. Then truth for me exists whenever what is in my mind matches external reality.
Is this truth important? Of course it is. My survival in this life depends from minute to minute on knowing what air is really breathable, from day to day on knowing what food and drink are really consumable, and my happiness for eternity depends upon knowing if God really exists, if he really is the granter of that happiness, and if he really lays down conditions for me to obtain it. If on any of these points there is falsehood and not truth in my mind, either I die in a few minutes, or in a few days, or I miss happiness for all eternity. Of course it matters whether what is in my mind corresponds to the reality outside it!
But can the human mind always know the truth? Indeed sometimes it cannot. But usually in pursuit of the truth, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Often if men do not find the truth, it is not because it cannot be found, but because there is not a real will to find it. Take for instance the present difficult and expensive hunt for the evidence which will tell why the French airliner crashed between Rio de Janeiro and Paris. They may or may not finally tell us the truth, but find it they will, because the safety of future flights may, as far as we know, depend on it.
Let nobody pretend that any truth could not be found when there was a way to find it. He merely demonstrates his lack of will to find it. There is a great lack of such will in what is still called “Western civilisation”. That is why it is Satanic (Jn.VIII,44).
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Friday, 5 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Libertas says it will ally itself with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, hours after one of the party's candidates described the centre as 'beneath contempt'.
Libertas leader Declan Ganley said the new alliance is in order to fight racism and anti-Semitism within the European Parliament.
He said Libertas and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre 'share concern at the growth of extremist groups and parties across the EU'.
Mr Ganley announced the move in a statement after criticism from the Wiesenthal Centre of the views put forward by certain Libertas candidates.
Earlier Libertas withdrew a statement it issued after it emerged that it was released with out the approval of Caroline Simons.
Let us offer our prayers and best wishes to them as they sit their exams.
Over 115,000 students across the country have begun their Leaving and Junior Certificate exams today.
Exams in 89 subjects will take place at 4,500 exam centres around Ireland over the next few weeks
As well as the curricular subjects, native speakers from across the EU will sit exams in their mother tongue at Leaving Cert level in 15 non-curricular languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian and Latvian.
Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe this morning sent his best wishes to the 55,383 Leaving Cert students, 56,513 Junior Cert students and 3,269 Leaving Cert Applied students who are due to begin exams.
The Minister admitted that the State exams can be stressful for students and their families.
'I want to send my very best wishes to each student sitting the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams over the coming weeks,” said Mr O’Keeffe.
“It's very important that you keep the exams in perspective and bear in mind that there are many opportunities for you to continue your education after the Leaving Certificate,” he said in a direct message to students.
Leaving Cert students are expected to have a more user-friendly exam timetable this week after a review by the State Exams Commission (SEC).
The SEC has continued rebalancing the examination timetable after concerns that the old timetable was too demanding on students.
The SEC says it has designed this year’s timetable to find a better balance between those papers with a strong writing requirement and those with a strong maths/science basis.
The timetable also gives a better balance between subjects that almost all candidates take and minority subjects, especially over the critical first week of exams.
Most students also now benefit from a free half-day in the first three days of the exams.
This year, students will no longer be asked to take English and chemistry on the one day. Instead, the chemistry exam has been moved to next week and replaced by engineering. The moves comes after feedback received by the Department of Education from a panel of students last year.
This year’s timetable sees two new subjects – technology and design and communications Graphics (which will replace Technical Drawing). This year, 343 students will sit the Leaving Cert exam in Polish while 183 will take Lithuanian.
The exams began this morning with English Paper 1 and Home Economics.
Exam results are due to be issued on August 12th.
This year, the exams are estimated to cost about €70 million to run, €9 million of which is funded directly by students who pay fees of €109 for the Leaving Cert and €103 for the Junior Cert exams.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
1. I WILL GIVE THEM ALL THE GRACES NECESSARY FOR THEIR STATE OF LIFE.
2. I WILL GIVE PEACE IN THEIR FAMILIES
3. I WILL CONSOLE THEM IN ALL THEIR TROUBLES.
4. THEY SHALL FIND IN MY HEART AN ASSURED REFUGE DURING LIFE AND ESPECIALLY AT THE HOUR OF DEATH.
5. I WILL POUR ABUNDANT BLESSINGS ON ALL THEIR UNDERTAKINGS.
6. SINNERS SHALL FIND IN MY HEART THE SOURCE AND INFINITE OCEAN OF MERCY.
7. TEPID SOULS SHALL BECOME FERVENT.
8. FERVENT SOULS SHALL SPEEDILY RISE TO GREAT PERFECTION.
9. I WILL BLESS THE HOMES IN WHICH THE IMAGE OF MY SACRED HEART SHALL BE EXPOSED AND HONORED.
10. I WILL GIVE TO PRIESTS THE POWER TO TOUCH THE MOST HARDENED HEARTS.
11. THOSE WHO PROPAGATE THIS DEVOTION SHALL HAVE THEIR NAME WRITTEN IN MY HEART, AND IT SHALL NEVER BE EFFACED.
12. THE ALL-POWERFUL LOVE OF MY HEART WILL GRANT TO ALL THOSE WHO SHALL RECEIVE COMMUNION ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF NINE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS THE GRACE OF FINAL REPENTANCE; THEY SHALL NOT DIE UNDER MY DISPLEASURE, NOR WITHOUT RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS; MY HEART SHALL BE THEIR ASSURED REFUGE AT THE LAST HOUR.
This devotion consists in attending Holy Mass and receiving Holy Communion in reparation for those who do not receive Our Lord, who do not love Him and who wound Him by their sinful lives