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CUMANN na mBAN.

 

NEWTOWNSANDES

 

Marie Moore, Captain, Nurse. Mary O Grady, Sec. Nts, Bridie Kissane, Treasurer, Mrs J Keane nee Collins Ballygrennan, Mrs C O Farrell, nee Culhane, Church Street, Listowel. Mrs Dalton, nee Cunningham, Glin. Mrs Culhane, nee Goulding, Glin. Mrs D Grady, nee Kearney, NY USA. Pidge Kearney Nts. Mollie Larkin USA. Mrs J O Sullivan, nee Larkin Market St, Listowel. Brenda Moore, Keylod, Nts. Kathleen O Connor England. Mrs Hegarty, nee O Connor Listowel. Kate O Connor Claar Nts. Mrs Marron, nee O Connor Clonmel. Mrs Leane nee O Grady NY. Ellie O Sullivan Australia. Mrs Culhane nee O Sullivan Kinard, Glin. Mrs J Dillon nee Stack, Trieneragh, Duagh. Liz Barrett, Nurse Croom Hospital. Mrs O Carroll, nee Culhane, Church Street, Listowel. Nellie O Sullivan, Australia. Check Marie Moore, Nun.

 

 

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Two Jesuit priests killed in a church in Mexico-------------

 

The region where the killings took place is populated by the Tarahumara indigenous people, who are renowned for their running skills. The area has suffered from drug-related organized crime for years, and the Jesuits noted and expressed solidarity with the pain that the people they serve are experiencing “due to the prevailing violence.”

 

 

 

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Nigerian Catholic Bishop to Irish President: Church Massacre Not Linked to Climate Change

 

 

 

At least 4,650 Nigerian Christians were killed for their faith in 2021 and nearly 900 in the first three months of 2022.

 

A man walk past the blood the stained floor after an attack by gunmen at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo town, southwest Nigeria on June 5, 2022.

 

A man walk past the blood the stained floor after an attack by gunmen at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo town, southwest Nigeria on June 5, 2022. (photo: AFP / Getty)

 

CNA Staff World

 

June 13, 2022

 

Attributing violence against Nigeria’s Christians to climate change is “incorrect and far-fetched,” according to the bishop of a diocese where at least 40 people were murdered at a Pentecost Sunday Mass.

 

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo was responding to a statement issued by Irish president Michael D. Higgins after the June 5 massacre at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, southwestern Nigeria.

 

Higgins condemned the attack on June 7, but appeared to link it to “the consequences of climate change.”

 

“While thanking the Honorable Mr. Higgins for joining others to condemn the attack and offering his sympathy to the victims, his reasons for this gruesome massacre are incorrect and far-fetched,” Bishop Arogundade said in a message dated June 10.

 

The bishop said he felt compelled to address the president’s statement because of the historical ties between the Republic of Ireland and his diocese.

 

“The first two bishops of the Diocese of Ondo were Irish men, the Church building in which the attack took place was built by Irish missionaries and some of the people killed were baptized, given the Sacraments of Confirmation and Matrimony — by many venerable Irish missionaries,” he wrote.

 

  “Also, Irish men and women laid the foundations of the faith for us in this part of the world. To their eternal memories, we remain grateful.”

 

He added: “To suggest or make a connection between victims of terror and consequences of climate change is not only misleading but also exactly rubbing salt to the injuries of all who have suffered terrorism in Nigeria.”

 

 

 

“The victims of terrorism are of another category to which nothing can be compared! It is very clear to anyone who has been closely following the events in Nigeria over the past years that the underpinning issues of terror attacks, banditry, and unabated onslaught in Nigeria and in the Sahel Region and climate change have nothing in common.”

 

The Nigerian government reportedly suspects that the massacre of men, women, and children at the church, which also left more than 126 people injured, was carried out by the insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

 

Bishop Arogundade’s comments were echoed by the British Catholic human rights campaigner David Alton.

 

Alton, an independent member of the House of Lords, the upper house of the U.K. parliament, lamented that the suffering of Nigerians had provoked “little interest” in the mainstream media.

 

“And it is striking how quickly politicians and commentators trot out the same discredited banal narrative that the drivers for such carnage are climate change and lack of resources,” he wrote on his website on June 12.

 

“They say that the causes are ‘complicated,’ with hardly a mention of the jihadist ideology that is behind the endless atrocities of ISIS and Boko Haram.”

 

“And then they say that everyone suffers and there is a sort of equivalence with victims coming from varied religious backgrounds.”

 

  “They should tell that to the families whose loved ones are targeted, day in and day out, and see what sort of response they receive.”

 

He said it was “high time the world woke up to the unpalatable truth” about the attacks.

 

At least 4,650 Nigerian Christians were killed for their faith in 2021 and nearly 900 in the first three months of 2022.

 

Nigeria is rated as the seventh worst country in the world in which to be a Christian, according the advocacy group Open Doors. Some aid organizations and experts are even assembling evidence that the killing of Christians in Africa’s most populous nation constitutes genocide.

 

But in 2021, the West African country was delisted without explanation from the U.S. State Department’s list of countries with the most egregious religious freedom violations.

 

Bishop Arogundade said that people who followed events in Nigeria closely would realize “that alluding to some form of politics of climate change in our present situation is completely inappropriate.”

 

“Terrorists are on free loose slaughtering, massacring, injuring, and installing terror in different parts of Nigeria since over eight years not because of any reasonable thing but because they are evil — period,” he commented.

 

The bishop, who has led the Diocese of Ondo since 2010, said that there was “a profound fear in every part of the country” due to widespread kidnappings, as well as attacks on churches, markets, and public transport.

 

 

 

He underlined that his flock understood the importance of protecting the environment, as set out in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato si’.

 

“While we are still mourning our loved ones after the horrible attack, I wish to appeal to those who are trying to take advantage of this horrific event to project any form of ideological agenda, to desist from such opportunism,” he said.

 

“I implore everyone to pray for Nigeria and indeed for peace in the world.”

 

“The victims of terrorism and indeed all the people of Nigeria would be thankful if world leaders propose fruitful ideas to the government of Nigeria on how to protect the citizens and make Nigeria a safe place to live.”

 

“This would be a better way of honoring the victims of hate and putting an end to the incessant killings in Nigeria.”

 

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If I could pick a major event from my life and live it over again — knowing what I know now — it would probably be the trip that I took to Moscow in 1991, arriving the week after the events that ended the Soviet Union.

 

 

 

There were still flowers on the sidewalks (near  our hotel) where protesters were killed by Soviet tanks. There were Orthodox icons, as well. I was an evangelical Anglican, at that time, and really didn’t grasp the importance of many of the Orthodox people and places I encountered during that stay. I was there as part of the Moscow Project, an effort to help the emerging Russian Bible Society print 4 million Bibles.

 

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2022/4/21/podcast-the-new-york-times-misses-some-key-voices-as-ukraine-prepares-for-pascha?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=catholic_news_pope_s_regina_coeli_for_divine_mercy_sunday_jesus_always_comes_back_showing_us_his_wounds&utm_term=2022-04-24

 

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Schooldays

 

About sixty-three years ago ( around 1874 or 75) there was an old school in Kilfeighney in Mr. Stack’s land.

 

Mrs. Kennelly herself attended it. It was a thatched one room building with seats going all round and four plain desks with inkwells in the centre. It had one open fire place, and two windows, and a door in front, and an earthen floor.

 

The teachers were Mr. B. Brosnan and Miss O Sullivan. There was no Irish taught then, and the principal subjects taught were Reading, Writing, Sums, Grammar, and Geography. It was a mixed school and up to sixty or eighty scholars attended it between boys and girls.

 

The school was opened at nine o’clock in the morning, and closed at four in the evening. There were no pictures hanging on the walls, but there were Maps; one of Asia, one of Africa, one of America, one of Australia, and one Map of Europe.

 

The teachers were paid by the English Board and when Clandouglas school opened Mr. Brosnan was again appointed Principal. Mrs. Kennelly who attended this school told this to Annie Hennessy who recorded it in the Clandouglas school’s folklore collection.

 

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Forgotten Ireland

 

https://www.facebook.com/forgottenireland.ie/videos/301187032119154

 

 

 

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I Walk the Line · Johnny Cash

 

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The study was published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

 

 

 

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed radiowaves emitted by phones can penetrate the skull and cause cancer when making a call.

 

 

 

The claims have become even more outrageous in recent years with the advent of 5G, which some claimed was linked to the Covid pandemic.

 

 

 

Oxford researchers drew on data from 400,000 cancer-free women aged 50 to 80 between 2001 and 2011.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/health/medical/mobile-phone-users-do-not-have-an-increased-risk-of-brain-tumours/ar-AAVDPXe?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBr5KbJ

 

 

 

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  I’ve always had problems with so many Bible passages that purport to document what happened either in secret or at least unobserved. Jesus praying, for example. It seems unlikely he issued a press release containing the words he used to commune with God.

 

 

 

This example of a supposed “conundrum” is rather easily “solved”:

 

 

 

    Jesus tells a disciple the content of what he prayed.

 

    Said disciple includes it in his Gospel (or, alternately: it becomes part of an accepted oral compilation of Jesus’ sayings, that is later a source for one or more Gospels).

 

 

 

We can’t absolutely “prove” this, of course, but it is a perfectly plausible explanation of how a “secret” prayer was recorded in the New Testament. The same process would apply to something like, for example, Jesus talking to the devil when the latter vainly tried to tempt him in the wilderness. The atheist wrote about that:

 

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Interview with Maura Flynn SSL, published in

 

“Beyond Faith and Adventure: Irish Missionaries in Nigeria tell their story”

 

by Irene Christina Lynch.

 

Published in 2006.

 

Pages 363 to 368

 

“When I came here in 1959, I was appointed headmistress of St Louis Primary Residential

 

School in Zonkwa in the Archdiocese of Kaduna which is further south than Kano but very

 

much in Northern Nigeria. Before long, my brief was changed by the Archbishop who gave

 

our congregation a big piece of land and told us to establish a teachers’ training college in

 

Zonkwa. I worked on that assignment with Sister Mary Ibar who was longer in Nigeria than I

 

was. As you can imagine, we had no experience setting up training colleges. We sought

 

advice and help from the OLA Sisters who had a training college in Akwanga in the middle-

 

belt Plateau State. We went to visit them on a particular Monday and during the course of

 

four days, we learned everything that was to be learned about setting up a Teacher’s

 

Training College! I remember Sr. Finian who by the way, is still alive in their mother house in

 

Cork, emphasising how important it was for me to understand how the pit toilets worked.

 

She then brought me to the kitchen to meet the butcher who explained how the meat was

 

cut, stored and cooked. That day the cooks were grinding on two stones the various

 

ingredients that went into the regional aromatic stews. Out in the compound, the sisters’

 

two carpenters worked to make and repair every stick of furniture in the college.

 

 

 

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(JTA) — It has been 77 years since Nazi collaborators marched György Bánhidi and his family from their spacious home in Budapest into the city’s Jewish ghetto. 

 

 

 

But Bánhidi, who is now 84, remembers even the tiniest details from that short trip to a place where he endured months of hunger, and the trauma of watching his mother give up her hope of ever surviving.

 

 

 

Most of all, he remembers the feeling of being taunted and mocked by Hungarian soldiers camped out just outside the ghetto, who cheered as their fellow collaborators herded Jewish families into the urban enclosure.

 

 

 

To this day, Bánhidi revisits the “awful feeling of our own countrymen mocking us, spitting at us, throwing things at us,” whenever he passes near that area of the Hungarian capital, where he still lives today.

 

https://www.jta.org/2022/01/26/global/a-global-day-to-remember-the-holocaust-grows-in-scope-and-urgency?utm_source=JTA_Maropost&utm_campaign=JTA_DB&utm_medium=email&mpweb=1161-39519-35794

 

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SLAVE SHIP: When the Black Joke’s crew finally boarded, they discovered that, regrettably, 11 enslaved people had been killed in the prolonged action. Among the slaver’s crew, 15 were killed, including Forgannes, and every officer but the third mate and 13 wounded. Black Joke had fared better, but had six wounded, two of whom would eventually succumb to their injuries. Both ships’ rigging had taken extensive damage, though El Almirante had the worst of it. The Black Joke had at least one Black, non-Kru seaman, a free African named Joseph Francis, who’d been determined to “strike a personal blow” against the infamous slaver. During the battle, he’d got 12 feet of chain into one of the ship’s guns as it was being loaded; when it was fired, “the starboard main shrouds of the slaver were cut off [. . .] as if by the single blow of an axe.”

 

https://time.com/6137991/slave-trade-black-joke-almirante-royal-navy/?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

 

 

 

 

 

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Is God Part of Your New Year's Resolutions?

 

Teresa Tomeo teresa@teresatomeo.com via icontactmail3.com

 

               

 

Is God Part of Your- New Year's Resolutions?- Become a 24/7 Catholic

 

 

 

 Not everyone sets goals and makes New Year's resolutions. Some people set goals or resolutions for physical gain such as losing weight, getting in shape, and being healthier. Some do it for emotional gain: spending more time enjoying life, being outdoors, relaxing, etc. And some set goals for monetary gain such as saving for college, a child's wedding, retirement, or paying down debt. Many people set goals for their professional life such as gaining sales, new clients, or a promotion. But what about your spiritual life?

 

 

 

 Our lives are so brief compared to eternity, and some are shorter than others, that we should all be "eternity minded." How much do we really focus our time and effort during the year thinking about our life everlasting with God?

 

 

 

 A good resolution, made any time of year but especially at the beginning, is a good way to start taking charge of your most important goals, including those of a spiritual nature. The key is to really think about what needs to change in your life, and make a very few small goals toward that resolution. In one study, 35% of participants who failed their New Year’s Resolutions said they had unrealistic goals. Too large, or too many, goals are doomed to fail, but small practical changes that can easily be stuck to are more likely to succeed, and the changes will be painless. And remember too that progress isn't linear. You will hit setbacks, and slowdowns, but just keep going! If you fall, have trust in God and begin again.

 

 

 

 For centuries the Catholic Church has taught those serious in the spiritual life to make a “Plan of Life” (also called a “Plan of Love”) which includes resolutions for daily spiritual growth. Many saints, like the Divine Mercy saint, St. Faustina Kowalska, had small daily goals they discussed with their spiritual director, and wrote in their journals, or kept a little tally, of their successes and failures, to help spur them on.

 

 

 

 While a Plan of Life is great, you don’t have to get formal or complicated to progress in your journey to holiness. Author and friend of mine, Patti Maguire Armstrong, has a great book on “Holy Hacks” to get to heaven. I’ve got my own list of resolutions or “Holy Habits” for you to choose from that I think can help you make those small but “sticky” changes to succeed on this ultimately heavenly goal.

 

 

 

 Get up 5 minutes early to pray

 

    Read the Daily Mass Readings of the Day at breakfast or lunchtime

 

    Turn off the radio, music, or podcast, and pray the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, or just talk to God on your commute

 

    Raise your heart frequently to God, gently and with peace, even during daily tasks. Aim to do this 7 times a day.

 

    Schedule in a regular Confession time in your calendar

 

    Participate in First Friday or First Saturday devotions

 

    Choose a good spiritual classic to read a few minutes a day

 

    Resolve to daily, or occasionally, listen to a spiritual podcast on your way to work, while doing errands, or while making dinner

 

    Learn how to pray with the scriptures, called Lectio Divina

 

    Go on a Pilgrimage this year - even to a local church or holy site

 

    Select a specific Spiritual and/or Corporal Work of Mercy you would like to practice more and just do it!

 

    Go to Mass one extra day a week to offer for those in need

 

    Resolve to do a Daily Examen once or twice a day. Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV has an excellent book and free podcast series about how to do the Daily Examen, and how fruitful it can be in your life!

 

    Do an Examination of Conscience daily, weekly, or monthly, looking for sins, especially in preparation for Confession. This is different from the Daily Examen.

 

    Reconnect with old friends and family - whether that means picking up the phone, jotting a note on the mail, or sending a friendly text or scheduling a zoom get together. In the early church, the means of friendship was the most effective way to evangelize.

 

    Go on a weekend retreat this year

 

    Attend an online spiritual webcast or event

 

    Join a live or virtual Bible Study or Study Group at your or a neighboring parish

 

    Listen to the daily The Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz, it is also in Spanish. You can start any time.

 

    Spend at least 30 minutes a week in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

 

    Start getting your news from solid Catholic news outlets

 

    Pray while brushing your teeth

 

    Volunteer at your local pregnancy crisis center to help moms & their babies in need.

 

    Use Sacramentals daily, such as Holy Water, or resolve to wear a scapular, Miraculous Medal, or St. Benedict medal daily. You can even purchase scapulars with a small Miraculous Medal and St. Benedict medal sewn in!

 

    As a parent, you have the spiritual authority to bless your children. Resolve to do a simple blessing (a Sign of the Cross on their forehead, for example) and pray a small prayer for them at the beginning of the day, before they leave for school.

 

    Arrange for Masses to be said at your parish for sick or deceased loved ones.

 

    Enroll your family or deceased friends or loved ones in perpetual Masses at a favorite religious order for their souls. Gregorian Masses for a holy soul in purgatory (Masses for 30 days in a row for one deceased person) are particularly good.

 

    Resolve to pray daily for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

 

    Practice meatless Fridays year-round. Once a strict rule in the Church, meatless Fridays as an act of penance for our sins, never really went away. The Church just allows you to substitute something else as a penance that day. We still have to do penance on every Friday unless it is a feast day.

 

    Choose to fast for a specific intention, on either a weekly or occasional basis. Some people fast completely, others on just bread & water, others skip a meal or two.

 

    Pray to your Guardian Angel for assistance daily.

 

    Make a resolution to only post uplifting and encouraging things on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit my Resources Page for more info to live a faith-filled Catholic life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My book Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic can help beginners, or the more advanced, further their Catholic spiritual life. Please ask your pastor, DRE, or parish events coordinator to bring a Beyond Sunday Mission to your parish, especially for Lent!

 

 

 

 

 

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Athea News

 

Thank You and Happy Christmas

 

 

 

Sincere thank you to everyone who helped to keep things going during the year –  Wishing each and every parishioner, our webcam viewers and Lillian and Domhnall a very happy & peaceful Christmas .

 

 

 

The Way I See It

 

 

 

By Domhnall de Barra

 

 

 

I can’t believe we have reached Christmas time again as it seems like only yesterday that I was getting used to writing “2021” on cheques. It is true what they say that the years get shorter as you grow older. When I was young a year was a long time passing, especially towards the end when I was counting the days until Santa Claus arrived. Mind you Christmas was a bit different back then. For a start there were no lights put up before Christmas Eve and there were few Christmas trees and, with no electricity, fairy lights didn’t exist. Decorations were limited all right but they were all symbolic. A turnip would be cut in half and a hole scooped out to hold the Christmas candle which would be placed in each window on Christmas Eve. This “Christmas candle” was a welcome to the baby Jesus and a guiding light to all visitors. It was the custom to leave the door open on this night so that nobody would be left out in the cold. Red berry holly and ivy were placed around the walls as a decoration and that was it except if a parcel came from America containing “streamers”, coloured streams of paper folded like a concertina that would open to stretch from one side of the ceiling to the other. I well remember our first time having a tree. We had great fun decorating it with baubles, shiny, tinsely pieces that glowed in the light of the fire. We were delighted with it and it got better every year with the advent of the ESB and the Christmas lights. The excitement on Christmas Eve was evident in all the children of the house who were too wound up to fall asleep and afraid to be awake when Santa came because we were told that if we were, he would not stop at all. Of course, children being children, we did fall asleep but we were up at cock crow, racing down the stairs to see what presents we got. There was usually an apple and an orange and some small toy. Fruit was a bit of a luxury in those days as the only time you would get an apple was if you were bold enough to “rob” a neighbour’s orchard in the fall of the year. Oranges were seldom seen so we were delighted with them.

 

 

 

The toys varied but in general the girls got rag dolls and the boys got guns. We were really into guns in those days due to the cowboy comics we managed to get a look at now and again and the films we saw when the travelling cinema came to Cratloe creamery. There were two very popular types of film; comedies and westerns, all in black and white until “technicolour” arrived. All our cowboy heroes wore guns and rode their horses at breakneck speed shooting the bad guys or the Indians with unerring accuracy. When we got our little imitation guns we became those stars of the screen imitating the actions of Roy Rodgers or Hopalong Cassidy racing around the field on our imaginary horses. One of the guns I got held a roll of “caps”. These were fed through so that they came under the hammer as the trigger was pulled making an explosive noise like the real thing. I was fascinated with that but of course they didn’t last long and there was no replacement. It never entered our heads that we were killing or injuring people; it was all just great fun. Another item that might be in our stocking was a “lucky bag”. This was full of little treats and small little toys usually made out of cardboard as plastic had yet to make its presence felt. By today’s standards these were meagre gifts but to us they were magical and we got endless hours of fun out of them. As the years went on, and people got a bit more money, the presents became more expensive but somehow they could never compete with simple things that gave us so much joy.

 

 

 

Christmas was very focused on  religion in those days. We always went to early Mass, reluctantly leaving our toys for a while, and there was a great festive feeling about it. The crib in the church was the main focus of attention and we knelt before it looking at the baby Jesus in the manger in awe. Everyone was in a great mood and wished each other a happy Christmas.  We usually got new clothes around Christmas and were very proud wearing our best, even if they were a size too big for us so that we would “grow into them”.  I remember one Christmas morning in particular when my brother and I got two hurleys and a sponge ball from Santa. We couldn’t wait until Mass was over and we got home to try them out. As soon as the lorry we were travelling in parked up at the house we got the hurleys, raced across the road to Phil’s field and began to hit the ball to each other. Suddenly there was an almighty roar from our mother, who was standing on the road with a sally rod in her hand, demanding that we come in immediately and take off our new clothes. It had been raining and the field was very mucky so the damage was done and we knew we were in for a few lashes of the rod as parents in those days didn’t believe in sparing it. It must have been the Christmas spirit because, although she reprimanded us, she put the rod back behind the picture where it usually rested and I thought I saw a little smile on her face. Yes, times have changed a lot, Christmas has become more commercial and has little to do with the celebration of the birth of Christ. Decorations are everywhere to be seen and are going up earlier and earlier and there are two ways of looking at it. One is to say that they take away from the actual festival by being there too long while the other view is that they brighten up a time of year that has the longest nights and shortens the winter for us. I love this time of year and look forward to visiting the grandkids on Christmas morning. I love the feeling of goodwill that exists and am only sorry that it cannot be continued throughout the year.

 

 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers of this newsletter a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Bright and Prosperous New Year.

 

 

 

“Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís”

 

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by Kathlen Mullane

 

 

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

 

 

 

I’ll finish for 2021 with these lines: –

 

 

 

There’s something about Winter as the days draw to a close,

 

 

 

With curtains drawn, lamps all lit, turf fires and cosy toes.

 

 

 

There’s something about winter with warming winter dishes,

 

 

 

Soup with buttered  home made bread, fire gazing making wishes.

 

 

 

There’s something about winter when it’s full of Christmas cheer,

 

 

 

Present buying Midnight Mass, carols sung with families dear.

 

 

 

There’s something about winter cold winds and icy rain,

 

 

 

Then it loosens it’s Iron-Fist, and soon it’s SPRING again.

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL

 

 

 

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Saint Teresa of Avila’s Story

 

 

 

Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social, and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.

 

 

 

The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.

 

 

 

As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer; a holy woman, a womanly woman.

 

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By Magdalene Kahiu

 

 

 

Nairobi, 13 October, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).

 

 

 

The demolition of public utilities of a slum in Kenya including a section of St. Mary’s Mukuru kwa Njenga church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi earlier this week “is heartbreaking,” the Priest in-charge of the Parish in the East of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has bemoaned.

 

 

 

Part of the Catholic church building was bulldozed Monday, October 11 by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), an action that saw public utilities such as a toilet and a water tank among facilities that were destroyed

 

 

 

“The demolition is heartbreaking. The manner in which it was done is sad and affects the poorest of the poor,” Fr. John Munjuri told ACI Africa in an interview, and explained in reference to the slum demolition, “It was done as if the people who live there have no rights.”

 

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An estimated 250 “legionaries” from throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Legion of Mary’s founding with a Mass of Commemoration, Sept. 7, at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Lay worker Frank Duff founded LOM on Sept. 7, 1921, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Bill Miller)

 

 

 

EAST FLATBUSH — One hundred years ago in Ireland, a legion of laity embarked on winning souls for Jesus by joining the intercessory work of his Blessed Mother, Mary.

 

 

 

According to its Dublin-based leaders, the Legion of Mary is now the largest apostolic organization of laypeople in the Catholic Church, with more than three million members in 170 countries. All are layworkers who refer to each other as “brother” or “sister.”

 

 

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn, as of 2020, has 1,251 “legionaries” and 1,910 auxiliary members. An estimated 250 of them, from parishes throughout the diocese, came to a Mass of Commemoration on Sept. 7 at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in East Flatbush.

 

 

 

They represented many cultural backgrounds, including Filipinos, Haitians, Koreans, Hispanics from all over Latin America, plus Irish and Italian members.

 

 

 

Father Rodnev Lapommeray of St. Agatha’s Parish in Sunset Park, celebrated the Mass. He is the spiritual director for the LOM in Brooklyn and Queens. During the homily, he challenged the legionaries to “be who you are meant to be” — agents of Mary.

 

 

 

“When people see a legionary,” Father Lapommeray said, “they should say, ‘Oh, there’s something beautiful here.’ Our mother is humble. She’s gentle. She’s also bold.”

 

 

 

Those attributes exemplify committed legionaries.

 

 

 

Mary Modeste is president of Legion of Mary Brooklyn/Queens Comitium. Moments before the Sept. 7 Mass, she described the Legion’s work of serving “through prayer and attentiveness.”

 

 

 

“Basically, it’s trying to bring souls to Jesus through Mary,” she said. “It is also trying to bring former Catholics back to the Church.”

 

 

 

The “praesidium” is the basic unit of the Legion of Mary, typically based in a parish. The members meet weekly to pray and receive assignments.

 

 

 

“They are sent out like Jesus had his disciples — two by two,” Modeste said. “We knock on doors. Sometimes we encounter people who slam the door. But those who are willing, you talk to them.”

 

 

 

For example, the teams may encounter unwed couples, so they suggest receiving the sacrament of marriage. Other adults and their children may not have received first holy Communion or Confirmation.

 

 

 

“You give them a bulletin and remind them of churches around the corner,” Modeste said. “We let them know there are classes — RCIA programs for the adults and CCD for the juniors. And we follow up.”

 

 

 

Legionaries also visit nursing homes and help schedule Mass for residents, Modeste said.

 

 

 

The president explained that the Legion of Mary focuses on spiritual acts of mercy — ones that build the soul. “Corporal” acts, such as providing food and shelter for the needy, are the missions of other groups.

 

 

 

“We’re not focused on material or physical needs,” she said. “If that’s what you need, we would refer you to the appropriate organization, like St. Vincent DePaul or Catholic Charities.”

 

 

 

Father Lapommeray said a legionary’s work often goes unnoticed but with undeniable victory. The priest spoke of people who returned to Church at the loving invitations of legionaries. He said one woman chose not to have an abortion after a legionary suggested another option — life.

 

 

 

He urged the members to not let up on their work, even as the coronavirus still lurks; he reminded them that the devil hadn’t taken a break because of the pandemic. Therefore, he encouraged the legionaries to stay strong in their faith, rely on Mary, and pray the rosary.

 

 

 

Father Lapommeray also challenged them to be peacemakers in their parishes to deny the devil a chance to spread disunity in the Church.

 

 

 

“Enough of the infighting in parishes!” Father Lapommeray exclaimed. “Enough of the petty divisions! If there is a division in the parish, you must be an agent of peace.”

 

 

 

“So,” he concluded, “as we look forward to another 100 years, what will the Legion of Mary look like in 10 years, 20 years? Part of that depends on you and me.”

 

 

 

The Legion of Mary Centenary schedule includes a Mass and procession on Sept. 19 at Our Lady of Mercy, Brownsville. Next is a Mass, conference, and get-together, scheduled for Nov. 20 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 34-43 93rd St., Jackson Heights. For more information, email Modeste at mar22lud@aol.com.

 

 

 

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Following the August 18 attack on a civilian convoy in Burkina Faso that left 47 people dead and several others injured, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have expressed their closeness with the victims of the attack and their respective families, praying for lasting peace in the country.

 

 

 

“It is with dismay and sorrow that the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger learned of the terrorist attack which has once again plunged our country into mourning,” members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) say in the statement issued Monday, August 23.

 

 

 

According to the Catholic Bishops, “This barbaric attack, which occurred on 18 August 2021 on the Arabinda-Gorgadji road, took the lives of elements of our defence and security forces (FDS) as well as a large number of civilians.”

 

 

 

On August 18, suspected jihadists reportedly killed at least 47 people, including 30 civilians, in an attack on a convoy in Northern Burkina Faso, according to France 24.

 

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By TM Donovan – August 10-1935

 

 

 

As I have written in ‘The Kerryman’ Robert Finn was the original Captain Moonlight of the Revolutionary Land War that, towards the end of the 19th century, drove land-lordism out of Ireland bag and baggage for ever.

 

 

 

The inventor of the secret organisation, Robert Finn who was elected Captain Moonlight by his comrades in 1879 had imitators in nearly every parish in Munster in the early eighteen-eighties, and by the end of that decade Moonlighting, as an adjunct to the Land League, had spread all over Ireland.

 

 

 

It was the right hand or spearhead of the Land League’s fight against a powerful and ruthless land-lordism. Without its help Land League meetings and resolutions, speeches and loud cheers, would be unsuccessful against the centuries old power of the alien land-holders.

 

 

 

They were established by the conquest of the 11th century and confirmed in their unlawful possessions by the sword of Cromwell.

 

 

 

That sword of conquest was broken by the Land League, the Irish Parliamentary Party, and by the gun of the Moonlighters.

 

 

 

“Who will take your place,” asked someone of Parnell, “if you are imprisoned ? “Captain Moonlight,” answered Parnell. He knew the real organisation that helped him to break the backs of the alien landlords.

 

 

 

Land Grabbing

 

 

 

An account of how these Castleisland Moonlighters started out to put down land grabbing are to be found in the files of The Kerryman. Land grabbing was the principal agent used by the landlords to screw the last shilling out of the unfortunate man of the land; and when it came about that no one would take the evicted farm, land-lordism was doomed.

 

 

 

It was the moonlighter that nipped the land grabber in the bud, stopped grabbing forever, and thus brought the unholy system to an end.

 

 

 

The absentee landlord and the ruthless land-agent were hamstrung in their evicting stride, and The Land League and the Irish Parliamentary Party, helping to dig the grave all were cleared off the land: landlord, agent, bailiff, rent-warner and grabber were buried in the same pit, and The Gael possessed his father’s land once more.

 

 

 

It must not be forgotten that is was Bob Finn’s Moonlighters that first killed off the grabbers who were the foundation stone of the cruel system of the rack-renters .And it must be forever remembered that in doing so he and his men never committed an act that would bring a blush of shame to the face of an Irishman.

 

 

 

On the contrary he, as I have shown in my ‘History of East Kerry’ prevented many a meditated crime when he found out the instigators were only out to satisfy some private feud or to revenge some fancied wrong. While he was in command no man or group could induce him to do a wrong to the humblest man in the county. I give a few instances of this in my book and in my writings in ‘The Kerryman.’

 

 

 

Moonlighting on the Downgrade

 

 

 

At the end of most revolutionary periods there is a tendency to decay and degeneration – the beautifully clear water of the mountain spring becomes muddy down in the plains. This the great danger in times of revolution: an idealist movement often ends in carnage and anarchy.

 

 

 

During the latest phase of moonlighting activities, it often degenerated into criminal deeds of the blackest dye – into deeds of private revenge, when you could get an honest man murdered for a ten pound note, and into petty larcenies when a poor man’s ounce of tobacco was not safe.

 

 

 

These robberies and worse – robbers of woman’s virtue – brought disgrace and shame to the fair fame of Ireland. When Captain Bob Finn used to hear of small farmers and cottiers being robbed of even the ‘grain o’ tay and sugar’ on the way home from the market, the big farmer robbed of his sheep, and the mountainy farmer robbed of the money he got for his heifer that he had ear-marked to pay the rent, and the poor old widow at Currow robbed of her life’s savings, he fell into despair: and he often regretted that he had hand act or part in founding the Moonlighters’ Association.

 

 

 

On these occasions he was in a great rage – ropable and helpless – no matter how he longed to wipe out the looters and savages, and the terrible disgrace they brought to our race and nation.

 

 

 

If then to the credit side we acknowledge the great help the Moonlighters gave to the farmers of Ireland, it is just as well to remember there was a discredit side to the account as well.

 

 

 

One thing is certain – that a more pure souled patriot than Bob Finn could not be found in the Kerry of the 19th century.

 

 

 

A Gay Young Heart

 

 

 

Anyone who looks at Captain Moonlight’s photograph in my ‘Popular History of East Kerry’ where a full account of his career is given, is sure to think he is looking at a man of 35 years, whereas as a matter of fact, Bob was in his 71st year when this photograph was taken in Tralee.

 

 

 

He kept wonderfully young until a few years ago; but he always had a light heart. One great consolation in his lonely old age was the comfort he derived from his violin.

 

 

 

He delighted to go out to his friends in the country and gather the young folk around him for a real Kerry dance. He had a fine voice and even in the hospital he kept the ward alive with his old – time songs.

 

 

 

He had a great turn for verse – making; looking over his home exercise account book the other day, I met with more rollicking rhymes than items of cooperage.

 

 

 

For many years he wrote a most amusing Skelligs list, at which the most sensitive maid or bachelor could take offence.

 

 

 

It is sad to think that while he was away in hospital his fanlight should have been smashed and his windows spotted by youths who made a ball alley of his house and a gambling saloon and a pitch – and – toss school of his old coopers shed. It shows a terrible lack of civic decency in our young men.

 

 

 

A Brave Man and a Fine Athlete

 

 

 

In his young days he was a great athlete. As a runner and jumper he was in the first flight; and even as a weight thrower he held his own among bigger and more broad-shouldered men.

 

 

 

He jumped the River Maine at a place where the writer, after getting his feet on the opposite bank, slithered backward into the pool. Bob cleared it with a few feet to spare.

 

 

 

He was the first to own and ride a boneshaker bicycle – the high ‘penny-farthing’ solid -tyred machine that preceded the pneumatic cycle of the present day.

 

 

 

When he became the first Captain Moonlight in 1879, he was physically one of the finest young men in East Kerry. Fifty years ago he took part in a great football match between Currow and Castleisland and For 18 years he was the captain of the local Gaels.

 

 

 

I may mention that, as the front of his old home in Market Place could then be seen from the windows or the gate of the R.I.C. Barracks he had to climb the high wall which separated his father’s cooperage shed from the back yard of the late Maurice Reidy, who used to leave his door on the latch for Bob to enter and his mother used to leave the back window open so that he get in any time during the night.

 

 

 

One great help to him then was that he had one of the R.I.C. men in the Barracks who gave him tips about the movements of the ‘enemy.’

 

 

 

A few days before his death I reminded him that now, when he was going before his Maker and nearing his journey’s end, it was a consoling thought for him that he loved God in his early manhood.

 

 

 

He answered very slowly – for he found it difficult to speak – word by word, solemnly and fervently: “Yes thank God, I always had to love of God on me.”

 

 

 

“Towards the end of my life I was alone. Our Lord was my best friend.

 

 

 

Born in Castlegregory

 

 

 

Robert ‘Bob’ Finn was born in Castlegregory in March 1860, when 12 months of age his parents brought him to Castleisland , so that East and West Kerry can claim him as a son.

 

 

 

Only that the farmers are feeling the pinch of the bad times so keenly, I was going to ask them to subscribe a small sum – a shilling or two each – towards a fund – that I only have in my mind at present – to put up a small Celtic Cross at the head of his grave in the New Cemetery.

 

 

 

I am quite sure that there are many of his friends , and the children of his comrades in the United States , who would be glad to help us commemorate the memory of such a great Gael and such a fine type of an educated Catholic Irishman.

 

 

 

All his life, if it were necessary, he would gladly die for his faith and for his fatherland.

 

 

 

May the brave soul of Robert Finn, the first Captain Moonlight of the Land League days, rest in peace.

 

 

 

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The Presbytery, Abbeydorney (066 7135146)

 

abbeydorney@dioceseofkerry.ie

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 18th July, 2021.

 

Dear Parishioner, 

 

                              Last Monday evening, I drove the short distance to one

 

of Kerry’s many seaside resorts – Ballyheigue.  I returned to Abbeydorney

 

on  Friday  night.    I  stayed  in  the Presbytery where  I  stay  the weekends,

 

when it is my turn to celebrate the Saturday night  Vigil Mass and the 10

 

a.m. Sunday Mass.  If I wanted to get a tan, I don’t think I would have had

 

much success because there was very little sunshine and quite a

 

foggy/misty  atmosphere  hanging  over  the  area  until  Friday  morning.    I

 

didn’t venture to the beach until about 6 p.m. and I only  went underwa-

 

ter for a short period on Wednesday and Friday.

 

                                

 

While I had planned a few weeks ago to stay in Ballyheigue this week, it

 

was only on Friday 9th that I discovered that the Redemptorist Fathers in

 

Limerick  were  running  their  ‘Summer  Retreat’  at  Mount  Alphonsus

 

Church.    People  who  were  living  in  the  Limerick  area  could  go  to  the

 

church for the Mission exercises.  These were 10 a.m. Mass, a talk at 11

 

a.m., adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon to 1 p.m. and a second

 

talk at 4 p.m.  Three of their priests did two days each:  Monday & Thurs-

 

day:  Fr.  Laurence  Gallagher;  Tuesday  &  Friday:  Fr.  Seamus  Enright;  and

 

Wednesday & Saturday: Fr. Gerard Moloney.   Bishop of Limerick, Bren-

 

dan Leahy, was celebrant of the Mass for the Sick on Friday morning.  The

 

retreat was also streamed on webcam and those who tuned in were from

 

Limerick, other parts of Ireland and also outside of Ireland.  The retreat

 

was open to everybody.  One of the priests told us that a number of reli-

 

gious  communities,  within  and  outside  of  Ireland,  were  availing  of  the

 

streamed retreat because of not being able to have community retreats

 

as would normally be done.

 

                                     

 

Fr.  Seamus  Enright,  who  preached  at  the  Friday  Mass  and  at  the  two

 

talks,  keeping  in  mind  the  theme  of  the  Retreat   ‘Being  a  follower  of

 

Jesus Today’ highlighted the huge problems in our world at this time.  He

 

touched on a number of things written by Pope Francis, paying attention

 

especially to the plight of the poor and the vulnerable in our world.  We

 

have been reminded of that message, time and time again, but it is very

 

easy to pass the buck and say that message is not meant for me.

 

(Fr. Denis O’Mahony)

 

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By Luke Coppen

 

London, England, Jun 9, 2021 / 04:00 am

 

Some of St. John Henry Newman’s best-loved words will be heard on Thursday as they have never been heard before.

 

They will feature in a new work by the composer Sir James MacMillan performed publicly for the first time on June 10 at Farm Street Church in London, England.

 

The piece, “Nothing in Vain,” is a setting of a meditation written by the English saint on March 7, 1848, that includes the famous line “God has created me to do Him some definite service.”

 

 

 

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Irish in Britain

 

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In Beijing’s southwestern outskirts, past a four-lane overpass with sidewalks as wide as the streets themselves, is Zhengyang Road. It has the usual banks, small convenience stores, and noodle houses of many areas in the capital, but it is set apart by a row of about a dozen shops all selling the same thing — tiny electric cars. The cars look, variously, like small Range Rovers, golf carts, trolley cars, or rickshaws with sheet-iron sides, and they are slow. Their fundamental attraction is their price — between $600 and $2,500 — and that drivers can charge them the same way they would a cell phone. They also come with the perks of being loosely regulated. These low-speed electric cars, nicknamed “elderly transport vehicles,” have an enormous market, made up mostly of people who earn very little. And in China, there are a lot of them — more than 40% of the population, or some 600 million people, make around $150 per month.

 

https://restofworld.org/2021/tesla-vs-tiny-cars/?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

 

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May 2021

 

The Bishop of Limerick is appealing to church-goers to adhere to public health guidelines following the re-opening of churches

 

 

 

While Masses and other religious ceremonies remain closed to the public, churches have been open for private prayer and reflection since the Covid-19 restrictions were eased at the weekend.

 

 

 

“If anything, recent weeks have reaffirmed just how important the Church is in so many people’s lives as it has been closed to them. While we won’t be able to gather for Mass for some time, having our churches open again is a really good thing as some people really missed their personal visits for a moment of prayer in the stillness of the church. Churches have been getting ready mindful of the guidelines,” said Brendan Leahy.

 

 

 

“It is important to stress that people will still to observe social distancing and hygiene guidelines at churches. Use the sanitizer as you enter, keep two metres from anyone who is not from your family, and, if you see fit, wear a mask,” he added.

 

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May 2021 Moyvane Church Newsletter

 

BACK IN CHURCH WITH A CONGREGATION

 

It’s good to be back with a congregation at Masses from this Monday 10th.   I am weary with all the restrictions but I respect them.  I encourage all of you to do likewise.  Returning we will still have social distancing and will be guided by our volunteer stewards.  It’s important that you listen to them and be guided by them.  If that procedure upsets or annoys you then it would be advisable to wait a little longer when there will be further lifting of restrictions.  Despite the lethal danger of Covid-19 and its remarkable transmission capacities (just look at India these days),  it is extraordinary that some Christians have failed to convince our society that we take our social obligations seriously.  That we treasure the old and the vulnerable, that we believe that health is a holy thing, and that we know that death is sad and tragic.  Practically all of you have been great and so supportive of all that is demanded of us during this difficult time.  Let’s keep this big effort going as we reopen on Monday.  I ask you to keep the following in mind:  

 

                All Masses from 10th listed will have a congregation.

 

                For now weekday Masses are in Moyvane only.

 

                Weekend Masses - Vigil at 7.30pm Saturday (Moyvane) 

 

Sunday 9.30am (Knockanure) 11am (Moyvane)

 

                Stewards will guide you to your seat and will lead you out after Mass. 

 

                Masks will have to be worn and social distancing maintained.

 

                No gathering around Exits or Entrances.

 

                No congregating in the Car Parks after Mass.

 

                Any Mass you attend will fulfil your Sunday obligation.

 

                Baptisms can go ahead with just the immediate family – contact the Parish Office.

 

Thanking you in advance for your support and understanding.  May God continue to keep us all safe and well.

 

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BLESSED LITTLE MARGARET OF CITTA DI CASTELLO

 

 

 

1287 – 1320

 

 

 

Many people don’t know about Margaret.  Her little uncorrupted body lies in a

 

glass coffin under the high altar in the Church of S. Domenico in Citta di Castello.  The Church is beautiful, large and peaceful -- with magnificent stained glass windows and frescoes. 

 

 

 

Citta di Castello is an ancient, timeless town in northern Umbria.  It’s still surrounded by many areas of high walls from medieval days.  The Umbria region is Italy’s “greenbelt.”  The earliest inhabitants of Umbria were the “Umbri,” thought by the Romans to be the most ancient inhabitants of Italy.  Little is known about them, but they appear to have left with the arrival of the Etruscans.  No one even really knows where the Etruscans came from, or what eventually happened to them.  Umbria later became like a Papal State, and it had a few powerful medieval families who exerted control in the Middle Ages.  Umbria has produced a major share of Saints (including Saints Francis, Clare, Benedict, Rita, and Valentine).  At the end of World War II, Citta di Castello was liberated by the British.  Someone told us the population is about 38,000.  Many of the town’s buildings probably look today pretty much the way they looked when Margaret lived and died there.    

 

 

 

Margaret was born in 1287 in a castle on top of a very steep mountain in Metola, a village in a mountainous area outside Citta di Castello.  Metola is over in the Marches region, northeast of Citta di Castello.  Only the castle’s tower now remains.  The exact date of her birth is unknown, but we know she died on April 13, 1320. 

 

 

 

Margaret was born blind and deformed.  She was extremely hunchbacked, and one leg was much shorter than the other. She grew to be just over 4 ft. tall and was so lame she could hardly walk.  Her head was large in proportion with the rest of her body.  She was a tiny little soul.

 

 

 

Her father was a wealthy nobleman who owned and ruled the whole forest area beneath his castle in Metola.  No one now knows what his last name was or what eventually happened to him and his wife.  The information we have seems to have been passed down through the castle’s Priest who befriended Margaret, and from castle servants as well as townspeople.  Her father was despised, feared and cruel.  He had planned a large celebration for the birth of a son.  Instead, the firstborn baby was Margaret.  He was furious … and Margaret being blind and deformed only made matters worse. 

 

 

 

Margaret’s mother had a kind personal maid.  It was the maid and her husband who later took Margaret to be Baptized in Mercatello, down the road from Metola.    That way, Margaret’s parents

 

thought their identities could remain secret if the Priest discovered Margaret’s physical

 

deformities during her Baptism. Mercatello is not far from Metola.   A tiny square park at the

 

center of Mercatello has a beautiful statue of her.  That Mercatello Priest knew

 

Margaret’s last name though.  The Church

 

(Pieve d’Ico) is in the main piazza. 

 

Unfortunately, the Baptism records vanished.  Margaret was not Baptized immediately after her birth.  Her parents hoped she would not live.  They

 

also wanted her existence to remain unknown.  Fortunately, their hopes and intentions didn’t succeed.  

 

 

 

To keep Margaret out of sight, her mother’s kind maid was given complete charge.  The castle’s Priest who befriended Margaret educated her as best he could.  He even carved her a cane to make it easier for her to move around.   Margaret easily memorized the Psalms and all other Bible verses he taught her.  She was unusually brilliant … always loving, never complained, and expressed no resentment toward her cruel parents. 

 

 

 

When Margaret was about six, she wandered away from her mother’s maid into a hallway leading to her parents’ rooms.  Guests who were just arriving saw her and almost discovered who she really was.  Her mother’s maid quickly picked up Margaret and whisked her away.  When her father heard about the near discovery, he had his workmen quickly build a stone room next to a small Church away from his castle.  Little Margaret lived as a prisoner in that stone room for 14 years.  She couldn’t get out, but her needs were provided for.  The Priest was furious with her father, but he was helpless to do anything that might bring harm to Margaret.  Instead, he became her closest friend, teacher, confidant, confessor ... and provided the Sacraments for her through a window.  (The stone room is still there, and a little Church dedicated to Margaret.  You can walk down to it from the castle tower.  From Citta di Castello, the road to the Metola castle tower is through the village of Palazzi. ) 

 

 

 

Margaret’s mother heard about miracles taking place in Citta di Castello at the tomb of well-known Fra Giacomo.  The tomb was in the Church of S.

 

Francisco (still there, and across the street from the Hotel Tiforno).  Margaret’s parents thought it a good idea to take her there and achieve a miracle.  So, under cover of darkness, her parents took her over to Citta di Castello.  (It was a day-long journey back then, and it’s not a short ride by car now.)  Margaret was so happy and later told someone it was the only time her parents showed love for her.  They left her at the altar in the Church of S. Francisco amongst others seeking cures.  When they returned later that day, however, Margaret was unchanged.  Without saying a word, they quietly fled back to their castle in Metola.  They deserted her!  After the Church closed that night, she sat outside on the Church steps to wait for her parents.  In the morning, beggars saw and befriended her.  She lived with them and became a beggar herself.  (In a short time, she converted the beggars to being Christians.)

 

 

 

It wasn’t long before townspeople learned where Margaret had come from.  In time, she was aided by a few wealthy families and even lived at the convent for a short while.  (The convent and a later school for the blind are closed.)  Margaret died while living with a wealthy family that truly treasured her presence.

 

 

 

Margaret was known for her kind and gentle demeanor.  She was well aware that her parents regarded her as a repulsive embarrassment, but she still loved them and felt guilty about her condition.  She was so very religious, possessed mystical qualities and performed many miracles, helped the poor, the ill, and even prisoners.  Everyone loved Margaret … except her parents.

 

 

 

She accepted her suffering through the eyes of faith.  She didn’t know why God permitted her to have so many afflictions.  She felt that because it was He who permitted her misfortune, He didn’t need to reveal His purpose.  Margaret wondered why people pitied her.  Pain made her sensitive, compassionate and understanding toward others.  Her faith was uncompromising, and she found strength in prayer and the Sacraments.

 

 

 

Margaret came to be declared a “Blessed” because of so many miracles being attributed to her.  We were told that, later, there was water damage to her original coffin.  When Margaret died, she wasn’t embalmed.  Official witnesses were shocked to find her body perfectly preserved when the coffin was opened in 1558 -- but her clothing had crumbled.  She is called an “uncorrupted.” At one point, her body was taken to Rome for examination toward canonization.  Following a rigorous examination by physicians, she was re-clothed in the Dominican habit she wears today.  Exposure to air elements during that time caused her skin to darken … but her teeth, hair, etc. are all intact.  If you know anything about her and go there, and walk up to kneel in front of her glass coffin, it takes your breath away and calms every inch in your own body.

 

 

 

During Margaret’s lifetime and long after her death, towns and regions in that part of Italy were still fighting amongst themselves.  There were also frequent times of famine and plagues.  The Black Death alone killed millions in Europe -- and who knows what happened to the people and paper work that had already been done for her canonization?  We who are devoted to sharing the life story of Little Margaret are trying to do something about that!  

 

 

 

Without question, Margaret should be declared the Saint of the Unborn and Physically Handicapped.  If she were conceived today, she would probably be aborted, left to die at birth, or killed at birth (as are many such children in countries most of us have heard about).

 

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The Science of Health and HappinessMARCH 2021FacultyDr Padraic Dunne is an immunologist, practicing psychotherapist and meditation teacher, based at the new RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Padraic spent a number of years in cellular immunology research, investigating the role of viral and bacterial infection on human disease. As as an RCSI Lecturer, Dr Dunne is interested in the development of Health and Wellbeing programmes for healthcare professionals, corporate workforces, and for patients suffering with chronic disease. Dr Trudy Meehan is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and a lecturer at the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Trudy has experience working in the HSE and as a Clinical Director for 50808, a new 24/7 text based mental health service aimed at supporting youth and young adults. Trudy has also worked with communities and young  people in Cape Town when she was Director of Stanford University’s Community Engaged Overseas Study Program in South Africa Dr Ciaran O’Boyle is a Professor of Psychology at RCSI with over 35 years’ experience as an educator, researcher and trainer. He is Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health and was the Founder Director of RCSI Institute of Leadership Health from 2005-2019. He has extensive experience as a consultant psychologist for a range of national and international public and private sector organisations in the military, aviation, financial services, education, government and healthcare sectors.

 

The Science of Health and HappinessMARCH 2021TimetableLECTURERELEASE DATEGetting started3MarchBiology: mind-body connections10MarchWhole person health16 MarchRoutes to happiness I24 MarchRoutes to happiness II31 MarchMeditation for health7 AprilYour emotions and you14 AprilYour strongest self21 AprilHappiness through the life-cycle28 AprilPutting it all together5May

 

The Science of Health and HappinessMARCH 2021Thank you for registering for the Science of Health and Happiness here at RCSI. My colleagues and I are so looking forward to delivering the programme and it is our fervent hope that the contents of the programme will improve your health and increase your happiness. Professor Ciaran O’BoyleDirector, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health26 February 2021

 

 

 

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John Edward Mulvihill was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the Church of the Twelve Apostles, in Rome, on 12 July 1964, by the Most Reverend Filippo Pocci, titular Bishop of Jericho.  He was ordained a year ahead of his class in order to help the faculty of the North American College, Rome.  After ordination, he continued to study theology at the Gregorian University, and with a special passport as Priest Observer, he was able to attend some sessions of the Second Vatican Council.  On the first Sunday of Advent, 1964, he celebrated the first official English Mass in Rome,which may well have been the first official English Mass in the world, due to Rome's early time zone.

 

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