The dandelion is indeed an edible plant. There isn’t, in fact, any part you can’t eat:




    The leaves are delicious in salads. Harvest them soon after the snow melts and certainly before the plant flowers; otherwise they become bitter. Connoisseurs blanch them by covering them with a board or an overturned clay flowerpot. The leaves can also be served in soups, quiches and herbal teas. They are very rich in iron and vitamin C and are available at a season when garden vegetables are not yet available.


    Flower buds can be marinated in vinegar and make a good substitute for capers.


    The flowers are used to make a dandelion wine, which is actually more a rather heady digestive than a wine. In Franche-Comté in eastern France, locals also make a kind of jelly, called cramaillotte or dandelion honey.


    Roasted roots make an excellent coffee substitute similar to chicory.


    The dandelion is also a medicinal plant. Dandelion sap was once considered a cure for eyesight problems and the milky sap of the flower stalk also treated warts and freckles. But above all, the leaves and roots of the dandelion have tonic and appetite-stimulating properties. They stimulate bile secretions and act positively on the liver. They also help lower cholesterol levels and, of course, are very diuretic and purifying. And there is nothing like a dandelion decoction to drown out the flu! In addition, its richness in vitamin C makes it a great antiscorbutic while its iron content helps fight anaemia.










 “The Count Plunkett habeas corpus application and the end of the Dáil Supreme Court” in-person lecture given by Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan on 28 April at 6:30pm, as part of the Four Courts 100 lecture series.










1765, Accounts of Franciscan Community, Broad Lane, Cork, Diet, Rents, Taxes.










May 2022 from  DFLA site


By Ayaana Williams | ABC 10


Fires are burning more frequently and at a greater intensity than ever before in the American River Parkway area, according to a new report from an environmental group.


A report from April 2022 by the Sacramento Sierra Club says that in six years, the Sacramento Fire Department responded to 536 fires along the parkway. The number of fires in the region increased rapidly in recent years, up to 156 in 2021 – three times as many as in 2019.






29 April 2022


Today we celebrate DFLA’s incredible Executive Director!




So…I probably shouldn’t have done this, but our Board gave me the 👍


Today is a special day.


It’s the anniversary of Kristen Day’s birthday, the Best Boss and the Fearless Leader of the Whole Life movement!


I won’t lie. I have never seen anyone work harder than Kristen. She works countless hours and absorbs all kinds of stress to build this organization of grassroots supporters like you. She’s truly one of a kind!


Can you help us celebrate?


I know she’s watching every penny that comes in and out of this organization so I’d like today to be special — with a $2,200 birthday money bomb!


Will you contribute to honor this Whole Life hero TODAY?


She treasures each and every one of you, and she loves this movement.


For me personally, she has been an inspiration for so long. Now, I have the privilege of working with and learning from her every day.


I'm lucky to be one of the many young people who have such an excellent mentor in Kristen. She's raising up the next generation of pro-life Democrats!


Let’s, together, make this a special day for her!


I don’t have much, but I’m getting us started with a $50 donation (plus me and the team are taking her to lunch later)


For a Special Day for Kristen Day,


John Quinn


Business Operations Assistant


Democrats for Life of America








Fast Horses and Eugenics


By Livia Gershon


The breeding of race horses validated those aspiring to belong to an American elite while feeding into racist beliefs about genetic inheritance.






SANDERS: Bernie Sanders put out this tweet:


“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”






Ego Eimi




Throughout the Easter season, the Church highlights how Christ manifested his divinity throughout his life. In today's Gospel, we recognize Christ's words "It is I," or "I am," call back to the divine identity revealed to Moses. Thus, in this reading, Christ identifies himself as the living God.




The Christian Response




As portrayed in the Book of Revelation, the risen Christ has all glory and honor. Indeed, through his Paschal Mystery, he demonstrated the unending power and love of God. In response, let's embody the joy of Psalm 30 and imitate the eager discipleship of St. Peter!






St. Stephen, traditionally known as the Holy Protomartyr, models the zeal of a disciple. Despite the backlash he receives, the Saint's hope and trust in the Lord isn't shaken. Up until his last moments, Stephen joyfully proclaims Christ as the fulfillment of Israel's scriptures.




The Life of the Church




As the Sanhedrin schemed against the Christians, Gamaliel spoke up. He reminded them that human institutions crumble on their own. If God established Christianity, however, it will not fall, regardless of what it faces. This lesson is especially important today. Let's have certainty that God preserves his Church even in the midst of scandal.




Christian Charity




In the Acts of the Apostles, we meet a Christian named Tabitha, a holy woman who made clothes for the poor. Moved by her charity, Peter prayed that Tabitha would be raised from the dead—and raised she was. Like Tabitha, let's strive to use our talents for others. In doing so, we open ourselves up to eternal life with Christ.




Zeal for the Eucharist




The First Reading tells us about St. Paul's conversion. Aided by Stephen's prayer, Paul stopped persecuting the Church and became a fiery Apostle of Christ. Then, in the Gospel, Christ reveals that we are called to share in his glorification. To achieve that end, we must devote ourselves to him in the Eucharist, our spiritual food!






Adam and Jesus




The Eucharist is our spiritual sustenance because it flows from the power of the crucified and risen Lord. Moreover, in the Eucharist, we find a response to the Fall. While Adam ushered in death through the forbidden fruit, the Eucharist, given by the New Adam, brings life.




The Pilgrim's Food




In the First Reading, we hear about the persecution of the early Church. Christianity was spreading so fast among both Jews and Gentiles that opponents had to resort to violence. Then, in the Gospel, Christ reveals that he is the Bread of Life. Indeed, Jesus brings us into his eternal life every time we receive the Eucharist.




The Relationship of Love


We are indebted to St. Philip for asking to see the Father. In response to that question, Jesus revealed that he is the revelation of the Father. Indeed, through Christ, God shows us that he is a tripersonal relationship of Love. Today, let's ponder this inexhaustible mystery!










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The World Bank says the war in Ukraine is set to cause the "largest commodity shock" since the 1970s - meaning huge price rises for goods ranging from natural gas to wheat and cotton.




The increases will affect the poorest most, but households and business of all sizes will feel the effects.




Wheat is predicted to go up in price by almost 43% and reach new highs, chicken could go up nearly 42%, soybeans 20% and oil 30%.







Journalism has had its share of villains like Walter Duranty, but the media can also provide an invaluable service toward truth.




Soldiers systematically forced their way into Ukrainian homes and confiscated every scrap of food. The soldiers even took the Ukrainian’s house pets so they could not be eaten for survival purposes. As the starvation wore on, Ukrainians ate grass, tree bark, rats, frogs. They tried to consume anything they could find, until there was nothing to find at all, at which point some resorted to cannibalism.




How did something like this happen without incurring international outrage?




Part of the reason was that influential American reporters refused to detail the genocide. Applebaum draws upon extensive research to illustrate how and why the American press, led by The New York Times journalist Walter Duranty, covered up the famine.




Not only did Soviet leaders deny the planned Holodomor occurred, Putin’s propaganda machine in Russia still denies it.  In fact, Vladimir Putin commented in 2005, “the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” That’s a chilling statement, considering the misery the Soviet Union inflicted on Ukraine and elsewhere.






For the Catholic disciple who follows Jesus Christ the question today is not “what does Athens have to do with Jerusalem,” but “what does Jerusalem have to do with the Metaverse?”




According to Father Ian VanHeusen, president of MetaCatholic and Newman Center chaplain at East Carolina University in Greenville, Jerusalem (meaning the Church) has a great deal to do with the Metaverse and needs to be present there.




The MetaCatholic project is a Catholic foray into the Metaverse, recognizing virtual reality and augmented reality as a new frontier of evangelization the Church needs to enter, with its own dangers and opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.








At was noted that the Council of Europe was established in the aftermath of the second World War while OSCE was formed in the midst of the Cold War, “with the promise of maintaining peace and security for the European continent.”




“As representatives of both organizations committed to promote peaceful dialogue, we call on Russia to stop the destruction of religious sites and places of worship, which, together with the indiscriminate killing of tens of thousands of civilians, constitute crimes against humanity,” they said.












Embracing Change
A Strong Bond Is Essential When It Comes To Navigating
Parenthood And The ‘Empty Nest’
Isn’t it interesting that the conventional wisdom in psychology is that
people resist change because it’s bound to be difficult? The single most
life changing event that can happen for parents is the birth of a baby. Yet
that is a change that is more often embraced than resisted. There are
libraries of books on 1 for the loss of sleep when a baby wakes up
screaming a couple of times a night. Becoming a parent is a massive
change that will turn each person’s life upside down. It’s wonderful for a
couple to have a baby but there is a downside – the potentially
monumental changes that will keep happening over about 20 years.
When children finally leave home and their parents return to being a
couple again, they will be very different people. Becoming parents means
saying goodbye to the more carefree aspects of a couple’s early
relationship. Children demand time, and couple relationships can quickly
stop being a priority. Busy spouses can fall into the habit of not talking to
each other about anything but issues to do with the children and practical
matters. Then when something important to discuss comes up, they are
out of practice. No parent can prepare for the far-reaching emotional
changes that are inevitable as their family grows. Coping with the different
stages from infancy through childhood and adolescence is bound to be
challenging. During the teenage years, many parents look forward to the
day that their young people will finally leave home and they can enjoy
going back to being a couple again
Open Communication: It is not true that couples who rarely or never
engage in conflict have a good marriage; some do, many don’t. People
who avoid arguing, when they have a disagreement, may be so afraid of
conflict that difficult issues are never resolved. To avoid dissent in matters
relating to their children, they focus on what is agreeable and ignore the
rest. If couples don’t talk openly and freely about things that matter,
either of two things happens. The first is they make assumptions about
what the other thinks or feels. If one person is emotionally upset and
assumes the other knows this and is ignoring it, it must mean that s/he is


not loved enough, or that their emotional needs are not important. A good
guide to the state of any
relationship is how open both parties are to talking about feelings. Many
of us know married couples who have a volatile relationship. Friends
wonder at how they stay together. They have frequent, passionate and
noisy rows but they also talk and laugh and enjoy being together. Would it
surprise you to learn that volatile couples, who communicate openly, have
a higher likelihood of staying together than couples who never fight?
Spouses are not good at predicting how well they will cope with the
expected, and mostly unexpected, changes, when they revert to being a
couple again. Time and time again I have coached people who made the
decision to prioritise their children’s needs. For the sake of the children,
they would stay married. The plan was to separate once the children left
home. The plan changed when they found that they had a strong bond.
The coaching that changed their communication changed how they
Changing Attitudes: The belief that people will resist change has spawned
an industry of self-help books for individuals, and training in change
management for executives. Chip and Dan Heath, New York Times
bestselling authors of ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change is
Hard’, suggest that often what looks like resistance to change is simply a
lack of clarity. Researchers at West Virginia University found that people
were more likely to embrace change when the new behaviour expected of
them was crystal clear. Nothing may seem to be wrong in the relationship
of couples who don’t talk much, until the ‘empty nest’ exposes how little
they interact. What a tragedy if a couple, who look forward to having the
house to themselves, discover that life without the children is so lonely
that it highlights a lack of intimacy in their marital relationship. Life
expectancy today is much higher than it was for previous generations. The
stigma of separation is gone, and people will consider separation when
there is little positive or life-giving energy in their marriage. So, it’s no
wonder that couples experience fear and are apprehensive about coping
with the changes that will come when the children leave home. We all
encounter many major changes in our lives: some are hard, others easy.
People, who are more likely to embrace rather than resist change, learn
how to make adjustments that effectively change their hearts and minds
and attitude. I like the following quote attributed to Oprah Winfrey: “The
greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by
merely changing his attitude.” (Carmel Wynne Reality April 2022)
Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospel: John 8:1-11
1. Compassion for human frailty combined with a gentle challenge to a
better life marked the response of Jesus. From whom have you
experienced a compassionate challenge? What was that like for you? To
whom have you given such a challenge?
2. The Pharisees and scribes self-righteously condemned the woman until
Jesus brought them in touch with their own sinfulness. This was a
conversion moment for them and they turned away from their quest for
the death of the woman. Have there been times when your awareness of
your own fragility and sinfulness has helped you to be less judgemental of
3. ‘What do you say?’ can be an embarrassing question. Jesus had the
courage to voice an opinion, even though it was against the party line of
the day. When you have seen that courage shown, by yourself, or by
another? What was the result?
(John Byrne OSA in Intercom April, 2022)
Points to Ponder (Intercom April 2022)
Life is like a constant game of mirrors: we project our frustrations onto
others, we condemn them for things we don’t dare to see in ourselves.
Other people constantly show us a reflection of ourselves and reveal parts
of us that we would be unable to see otherwise. Sometimes we are
surprised, sometimes unbelieving, and sometimes even frustrated.
The adulterous women thrown into the centre becomes a projection of
all the men that surround her. In her, they see all their inability to be
faithful to the Law. They project, onto her, their frustration, their inability
to persevere. They vent, upon her, the rage they have towards
themselves, upon seeing that they too are unfaithful observers of the
Word, there was no better mirror than words themselves.
Jesus is the unexpected. He is the event that we come across, seemingly
by accident, that reveals the truth about ourselves, whether we like it or
not. Life is a game of mirrors that we cannot escape from, mirrors that
can fuel our rage, mirrors that we would often like to smash but there can
also be mirrors that, providentially, initiate a conversation in our hearts.
(Fr. Gaetano Piccolo, Catholic Bible Study and Reflection)








PRAYER: God of Unconditional Love and Compassionate Power,


We stand before You in humility and trust.


We know that nothing is impossible with You.


We beseech You to pour courageous and healing balm into the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian People.


We beg you to touch the heart, mind and soul of Mr Putin and give him the willingness and fortitude


to change course, for his own good, the good of the Ukrainian


People and the good of our world.


Having voiced our hopes and desires we humbly and gratefully


leave the future of this desperate situation to Your All Wise and All Loving Heart.






Lepers of Maiden Bradley: Tracing the lives of women in medieval leper hospitals


Tuesday 29 March 2022 | Gabrielle Storey | Records and research | Comment


The leper hospital of Maiden Bradley was founded prior to 1164 by Manasser Biset, a steward of Henry II. Established entirely for leper women, it was situated a mile north of the village of Bradley in south-west Wiltshire. Several charters at The National Archives demonstrate the patronage of the leper hospital by royals and nobility, indicative of its importance. There is also further evidence of the agency of other leper women outside of Maiden Bradley, who made grants and interacted with local nobles to gain further lands and revenues. For Women’s History Month, this post will provide a snapshot into the lives of the women at the leper hospital at Maiden Bradley, and further guidance into locating women in medieval records.








Join exhibition curators Katie Fox, Katherine Howells and Laura Robson-Mainwaring for a highlights tour of our exhibition The 1920s: Beyond the Roar.








O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you.  As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you.  Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence!  You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


   Yet we have strayed from that path of peace.  We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars.  We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations.  We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young.


We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns.  We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons.  We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home.  We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters.  We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves.  Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!


  Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life.  He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity.  By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.


  We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart.  We are your beloved children.  In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion.  At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort.  Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”  You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times.  In you we place our trust.  We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.


  That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs.  To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3).  Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded.  We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace.  We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness.  How greatly we need your maternal help!


  Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.


Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.


Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.


Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.


Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.


Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.


Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.


Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.


Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.


  O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts.  May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew.  Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace.  May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs.  May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land.  May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.


  Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26).  In this way he entrusted each of us to you.  To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27).  Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history.  At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.  The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.


 Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.  Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love.  Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world.  The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace.  We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more.  To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.


   Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days.  Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God.  May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts.  In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion.  You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace.  Amen.










Hear, O Israel


God, through the prophet Jeremiah, implores his people to listen to him. Because Israel failed to hear his word, they failed to be obedient to his law. Listen to the Word of God today, allowing it to challenge you to repent and grow in obedience.


Free from Sin's Yoke


The Law was a gift that identified Israel as God's chosen people. For this reason, the Psalmist praises the Lord for his statutes and ordinances. Now, in the era of the New Covenant, the Law has been fulfilled in Christ, the Lamb of God who frees us from the burden of sin.




From the Heart


When Peter asks how many times he must forgive his brother, Christ says 77 times. This number recalls the patience that God showed Israel over 70 weeks of years. With this allusion in mind, the message becomes clear: We must be as forgiving as God is.


Peace in the Nations;  Though Naaman was not an Israelite, Elijah healed him of his leprosy. In this biblical episode, we are reminded that mercy must extend beyond ethnic or national borders. In our current historical moment, this means we ought to pray for Ukrainians and for Russians.


Turn to the Lord


The Church brings us back to the basics by taking us back to the Book of Exodus. There, we are reminded of the great revelation that Moses received when God disclosed his name to him at the burning bush. By doing this, Mother Church fixes our gaze on God, imploring us to repent and believe.




Fiat Mihi


Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, which commemorates Mary’s fiat to God’s saving plan. In her humility, Mary was able to receive the good news from the angel Gabriel and respond in faith to God’s plan for her. Meditate on this great mystery today, seeking to grow in docility to the Lord and his plans for you.






The five women who have shared their experiences of birth trauma in this video have kindly done so to support other women who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth.






By: Matthew Wills


February 24, 2022




After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the U.S. attempted to suppress information about radioactivity—the very thing that made these new bombs different from all weapons of war before them. The tremendous explosive power of the A-bombs was stressed, even celebrated, but officials worked hard to keep people ignorant of the terrible effects of radiation poisoning, effects which seem to have surprised many who worked on the bombs and ordered their use.








The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday will award Knoll the prestigious Crafoord Prize, considered a complement -- and for some winners, a precursor to -- a Nobel prize.




The honor is for his work on illuminating the first 3 billion years of Earth's history, determining the ages of layers of bedrock, discovering tiny organisms from the depths of time that are the infinitesimal ancestors of every one of us and explaining the world's worst mass extinction.










The OSV Challenge is a multi-round entrepreneurial competition designed to accelerate unique project ideas in any stage from Catholics whose faith has motivated them to make a difference.




We’re seeking people with ideas ready to impact the Church that deserve to be nurtured, cultivated and taken to new heights. The OSV Challenge invests over $1 million dollars annually in these Catholic innovators to make this happen.








Rising to the Lord




 Prayer is our embrace of the loving, compassionate God. As the Psalmist says, it is like incense that rises to the Lord. When we neglect prayer, we can become anxious and even lose our charity. Thus, let us stay faithful in our prayer lives, even when it is difficult to do so!







The Way I See It




By Domhnall de Barra




There’s an old joke that goes like this: “how do you know politicians are telling lies?   their lips are moving?”.  The sad part of that is the fact that it is not a joke at all but the truth. Politicians may start out with the best of intentions but they are soon dragged into the party system where survival is the name of the game and they have to toe the line. A politician’s loyalties are firstly, to themselves getting re-elected, secondly, to the party and lastly, to the country.  This makes them do and say things that are not strictly honest and they have no problem in telling us what they want us to hear, even if it has no relationship to the truth. Governments have been lying to their citizens from the dawn of civilization and sometimes they will tell you it is necessary for the greater good. Whatever about yesterday’s politicians, some of the present day ones have brought the profession to a new low. The mould was broken when Trump ran for office in America. The truth to him is whatever he deems it to be and anything contrary is fobbed off as “fake news”. He told potential voters what they wanted to hear and gave credence to white racists and other malcontents who ended up attacking the seat of government. He fabricated theories about election fraud despite court after court throwing out cases because there wasn’t one bit of evidence of vote rigging. Still, a great many people actually believe that the election was “stolen” and consider him to be the legitimate president. The whole purpose of American politics is for republicans to defeat democrats and vice versa. Many good laws, that would improve the lives of ordinary citizens, are not passed because one side or the other has a majority in one of the houses of legislation and would rather kill the bill than give a “victory” to the other side. The government also makes decisions on foreign policy that are not communicated to the general public, in fact they may be told something quite different.




The art of lying has always been used but has been brought to a new level by Boris Johnson. This was obvious during the lead-up to the Brexit referendum when, ably assisted by Dominic Cummings, when he told blatant lies about the amount of money it was costing to stay in Europe and how much it would mean to the NHS. They even put it on the side of a bus. The public swallowed it and the rest is history. He got away with it and has continued in his deceitful way ever since. At last he has told one too many and is hanging on to power by his fingertips. The dogs in the street know he was at a party at 10 Downing Street in contravention of the  Covid restrictions that he was forcing on the general public. Despite this, he continued to deny that there was a party, and when that was found out he said he did stumble into it but did not know it was a party. Now, this is his home and, if there is a party in your home, surely you have to know about it. His race is almost run and, if the Tory party has any bit of decency left, he will be thrown out sooner rather than later and good riddance.




We have not covered ourselves in glory on this side of the water either. Simon Coveney, in a jobs for the boys scenario (or should that be jobs for the girls?), appointed Catherine Zappone to a cushy position in Europe when she failed to hold her seat. When challenged about it he should have apologised immediately and admitted that he should have gone through the proper procedure but, instead he tried to justify it. Then there was a party in his department offices that he did not attend but, once again, it left a sour taste with those who had obeyed the rules. Had he come out and condemned it at once it might not have appeared so bad but he didn’t. Now, I like Simon Coveney and I think he is by far the best politician we have but he did himself no favours by taking us all for mugs.  People resigned and were forced out of their jobs for attending a golf dinner in Galway which, to my mind, didn’t break any of the rules because the dinner party was divided into two groups in different rooms where they were within the limits. There was a baying for blood after this so I presume the same fate will await the civil servants who attended the retirement party. Hang on though, Leo Varadkar said on radio the other day that the government had no power to put sanctions on civil servants so it will probably all finish up in a bottle of smoke. Since he made that statement, a law expert has contradicted him. While the minister has no power over the civil service, the government as a whole has but I doubt if that power will be exercised. The whole thing gives the impression that there is one law for us, the little people, and another for those who govern us. If you don’t believe me, ask a politician!




And what about the government’s latest plan to pay €100 off the electricity bill for every householder in the country?  Now, I don’t mind helping those who find themselves in financial difficulties at this time but to give it to everyone is just a waste of money we don’t have. I don’t need it, thank God, and there are many more like me out there not to mention the thousands of well paid civil servants, captains of industry, wealthy business people, millionaires and billionaires. I think this has more to do with government popularity and the threat of Sinn Féin than  a genuine attempt to help people. There is also the proposal to give €1,000 as a bonus to workers who were on the front line during the  height of the pandemic. A nice idea in theory but who qualifies? Already we have many groups putting up there hand  saying they were in danger and also deserve a bonus. Not enough thought went into this. Of course those who worked in wards full of Covid patients should be rewarded but wouldn’t it be much better if their pay and conditions were permanently improved. We already see an exodus of medical staff from this country because they are much better off working abroad. We need more professionals in the HSE and more capacity  in our hospitals. Only when that is achieved will we have a service that will be attractive to work in but one where there will be no more patients on trolleys in corridors waiting for admission to a ward. The pandemic may be coming to an end but the waiting lists are not.




What has happened to the news on RTE?  For almost a week before the announcement, the heading of every bulletin was about the possible easing of Covid restrictions and each option discussed in detail. Numerous pub, restaurant and night club owners were interviewed, day after day, letting us know what they wanted and expected to happen. By the time Micheál Martin made his announcement on Friday everybody knew exactly what he was going to say so where did RTE get its information? Was there a leak in NEPHET or was it a government ploy to tip off businesses so that they would be ready to open. I leave it to your own imagination. There was also the OTT reporting of the sad murder of Aisling Murphy. For the guts of a week, the RTE news crew broadcast from Tullamore again interviewing everyone and anyone who would answer a question. Their attention bordered on the ghoulish and intruded on the privacy of the family who were grieving. It continued with coverage of the funeral Mass and burial. To my mind funeral processions should never be filmed as they capture the immediate family when their emotions are at their most extreme  and not for public scrutiny. The cameras have now gone and the country’s attention has turned to other matters but Aisling’s family have to live with the horror of her brutal murder, something that will have changed their lives forever. May God give them the strength they need to get through this horrible time.




It was nice to be able to sit down with a group of musicians for a session at the Top of the Town last Saturday night. There was a kind of a carnival atmosphere about the place as people tasted freedom from restrictions for the first time in ages. It just goes to show how important it is for us to socialise. Our mental health will be all the better for it and we hope that it will continue. We dare to look forward to better days ahead and a return to normality. It has been a long, hard slog and many of us have suffered throughout the long periods of confinement. Some people will have lost loved ones during this time and it was especially heartbreaking not to be able to visit hospitals or attend funerals. With any luck that is all behind us but I urge you all to continue to take precautions such as wearing masks in indoor settings and avoiding close contact where possible. Anyway, I am looking forward to a few more sessions of music and, who knows, we may have the Fleadh here in June. Wouldn’t that be a nice boost for the area.








Tom Aherne notes Jan 2022


Damien O’Reilly, presenter of Countrywide on RTE Radio 1 on Saturday morning last, interviewed Ardagh native Jim Woulfe who recently retired as CEO of Dairygold. It was a very interesting piece of radio between the two who covered many past and present farming topics. Jim was recently honoured with the Cork Chamber ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business Award’ which recognises a lifelong career in the agri-food industry. Jim was also appointed onto the Board of Enterprise Ireland. Jim is involved in a lot of activities and projects and does some hobby farming at present. In retirement he will still be busy, but he  is looking forward to spending more family time with wife Ann and family and  pursuing his sporting interests.






Bangalore’s Green Belt Fifty Years On --------------




The “green belt” still exists, but might be unrecognizable to planners from the early 1970s. It is a source of tension and resentment among some residents, including farmers, and it’s hardly altogether “green”. Instead, Bangalore’s shifting and shrinking “green belt” reflects how complicated land planning can be in an ever-urbanizing world struggling to strike a balance with vegetated spaces.




Decades before Bangalore’s green belt was proposed, a full quarter of the incorporated city was occupied by gardens. Just as California’s famous Silicon Valley was once known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” for its flourishing farms and orchards, fruiting plants were so prolific in Bangalore through the mid twentieth century that it earned the nickname “garden city.” Bangalore’s green belt was originally conceived to maintain a nearby supply of food, as the city expanded and grew denser.










An invitation to establish a Presentation Convent in Athenry by Canon Canton was initiated in early 1900’s.  On 18th June 1907 he wrote his first letter to the Presentation Sister to come to the town.  In his letter to the Reverend Mother he  earnestly requested a few sisters, ‘I don’t know whether you can spear any sisters, but I heard some time ago you have some novices and postulants, if, unfortunately, you cannot entertain the project, I shall seek elsewhere….my most earnest desire after my salvation is that you may be able to commence work here, in Athenry in the next year of 1908.’ He also enlisted the support of Archbishop Healy to persuade the sisters to come to the town in a letter dated 4th October 1907. (King Rev. Fr. Athenry Parish) [v]








Saul and David




Envy is a deadly sin, whereby death enters into the world. David, in today’s First Reading, has won a great military victory, causing Saul to envy him. Saul’s envy drives him to try and kill David, even though David has done nothing to merit this treatment.




The Twelve




In the Gospel today, Jesus establishes the New Israel—the Church—around himself as the Head. In this New Israel, the people will no longer need to be connected by bloodlines; they are brought together by the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls us all to be with him in this spiritual family.




Loving Our Enemies




In today's passage from the Book of Samuel, David mourns the deaths of Jonathan and Saul. He even praises Saul, who had been an adversary in many ways. The selflessness displayed here reflects David's character. He is truly magnanimous, a man with greatness of heart.






By Lori Teresa Yearwood




Ms. Yearwood is a reporter covering housing for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.


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My descent into homelessness felt as though it happened in the blink of an eye. It was as if one moment I was standing in a meadow next to my horses, stroking their manes, and the next I was lying inside a plastic garbage bag on a park bench, wrapping clothes around my shivering body.




In fact, it happened over the course of 12 devastating months from 2013 to 2014. The house I was renting in Oregon burned down. My mother died of a cancer that, until a short time earlier, no one knew she had. My family fell into a bitter dispute over her inheritance and ostracized me. My beagle died. I was emotionally burdened to the point of being unable to run the business I had owned for nearly a decade, let alone pay my rent. Eventually, I was told to pack my bags and leave the new place I had rented after the fire.




My journey into homelessness was traumatic, but it was also incredibly expensive, and that’s what I want to focus on here. By the time I walked away from that park bench two years later, I had accrued more than $54,000 in debt.




Leaving homelessness did not mean immediate freedom. Instead, coming back to the world of the housed meant first having to navigate an obstacle course of fees and fines that I had incurred while homeless. In the process, I learned that the most traumatized and vulnerable members of our society are often burdened with bills that they have no idea how to handle, making finding secure housing that much harder.








From: Sean Sheehy <frlistowel@gmail.com>


Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021, 14:01


Happy New Year- Wisdom for 2022




   Jesus’ Church begins 2022 by reflecting on Mary as the mother of God because she’s the Virgin Mother of Jesus who is also God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. His Church prays for us in the words of the Psalmist: “May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let His face shine upon us … May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise You! May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear Him!” (Ps 67:2-8) We need God’s pity because we’re so weak and prone to sin. We need God’s blessing to perfect us. We need God to let His face shine on us so we can see ourselves for who we are and what we need. We need to praise God to make sure that we recognize Him for who He is. We need to fear the loss of His friendship because without Him we’re doomed to eternal misery. If we pray thus we’ll courageously and joyfully face everything that might befall us in 2022. Despite our flaws and vulnerabilities, with the Faith God gives us, if we’re receptive to it, we can look forward to a year of grace that will see us become more and more God’s image and likeness in our thoughts, words, and actions. Thus we’ll experience the fullness of our potential as God’s children. Our potential is to be what God created us to be, namely His image and likeness. Jesus is the fullness of God’s image and likeness in human form. He is our model. Wisdom calls us to follow in His footsteps.




   On the first Sunday of the New Year, Jesus’ Church brings us God’s Word from Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Psalm 147, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, and the Gospel of John. In Sirach (24: 1-2, 8-12) the Holy Spirit reveals that, “The wisdom of God lives in His people … in the midst of her people she is exalted, in holy fullness she is admired; in the multitude of the chosen she finds praise, and among the blessed she is blessed.” Wisdom is the possession of insight into reality that enables us to make good judgments. A good judgment is one where we gain much more than we lose, especially in the long term. Jesus was calling us to be wise when He asked, “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world but suffers the loss of his soul?” (Mt 16:26) The greatest insight we can have into reality comes from God who is the Creator of what’s real, true, good, and beautiful. God’s people are those who live by His wisdom. His people exalt and admire His wisdom. They both praise and bless it because it enables them to make good decisions. That wisdom was personified in Jesus Christ and continues through His Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who reminds us of all the insights Jesus revealed as the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (Jn 14:6)




   Jesus is the Word-of-God-become-man. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be. What came to be through Him was life; and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:1-8) John points out that, “He came to what was His own, but His own people did not accept Him. But to those who did accept Him He gave power to become children of God.” The wisdom Jesus brought to men and women that would give them invaluable insights into who God is and what it means to be human in terms of why we’re here, what’s our purpose, who’s the source of our power, who gives us meaning, and what’s our destiny, was rejected by many. They thought they knew God and didn’t need anyone to tell them who He was. They ignored the fact, as John points out, that, “No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed Him.” The true God is the God revealed through, with, and in Jesus Christ.




   We cannot know God personally apart from Jesus. The wisdom He exhibited in His thoughts, words, and action gives all the insights we need to know God personally as “Our Father, Our Redeemer, Our Sanctifier, Our Way, Our Truth, and Our Life. God continues to be all these for us in and through Jesus’ Church as we enter a New Year. Filled with this wisdom, St. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, proclaimed to the Ephesians (1:3-6, 15-18) and to us: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him. In love He destined us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ … May the eyes of your heart be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call. What are the riches of glory in His inheritance among the holy ones.”




   As you face 2022 know that God has chosen you and blesses you. He has adopted you in Baptism and made you a member of His Church. He sends you His Spirit to enlighten the eyes of your heart so you can see the hope He gives you. He gives you His Son who is present in His Church and who meets you and graces you with His love in her Sacraments, especially in His Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He has made you a co-heir to His Kingdom. With this insight in mind as a beneficiary of God’s wisdom, 2022 will see you go through the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, successes and failures, suffering and health, life and death, as a joyful person. So I can say to you because I know it’s possible, no matter what happens, “Have a joyful New Year!” (frsos)








Let the joy of the Incarnation flood your heart at all times, but especially during the Christmas season. Because of this great mystery, we no longer have to fear the jaws of death, and our mouths can be filled with new songs of praise!




In the Father's Care




Motivated by lust for power, Herod ordered his men to kill any infant who fit the description of the messiah. Thus, these children became martyrs, and they now dwell with their Father in heaven. In honor of these children, let us pray today for those who have been involved with abortions, including parents who are grieving over their lost babies.




Thanksgiving and Proclamation




Today, the Gospel presents us with the prophetess Anna. Upon seeing the infant Jesus, Anna models the twofold response of a Christian disciple: she gives thanks and spreads the good news! Let us strive to follow in Anna's footsteps, joyfully proclaiming the wonders of the Incarnation to all!




Children of God




Jesus, the ultimate gift of the Father, enables us to become children of God by believing in him. Because of Jesus’ Incarnation, we have been graced with the ability to be grafted into God’s life through Baptism. Rejoice and be glad today, celebrating the great news of our divine filiation!




2021 began with Rikers Island in a miserable state, with every indication that conditions would soon get much worse. COVID was spiking. The staff was depleted, and the jail was getting more crowded. In January, its population rose above 5,000 — an increase of more than 25 percent from the spring of 2020. After nearly two years without a suicide at the facility, a man hanged himself before the month was out. A gruesome incident followed in early March, then another suicide, then an overdose. The people incarcerated at Rikers continued to die at such a steady rate that the agency charged with investigating deaths in custody couldn’t keep up.










Inside BASF’s plant, a colorless, odorless gas known as ethane flows into a towering structure called a cracker, where the gas is moved through a tube, diluted with steam and pushed through a furnace heated to around 1,500 degrees. Within a second, heat “cracks” the bonds of each ethane molecule. The final product, ethylene, has been called the “world’s most important chemical,” a raw material for ingredients found in everything from plastics and PVC pipes to foam insulation and synthetic rubber, antifreeze and airplane wings.




The cracking process emits benzene, a carcinogen that studies have linked to leukemia.






Feeling anxious about bringing your significant other home for the first time this holiday season? It’s normal to feel awkward, but at least it can’t get worse than the time my friend Anna brought her partner John home for Thanksgiving with her extended family.






Through the history of elderberry, we can map the complex historical roots of recent trends favoring herbal and natural remedies, which have proven themselves resilient members of our medical chests amidst evolving perceptions of authority in healing. The Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks investigates changing understandings of the healing properties of plants in historical context, as well as dynamic relationships between plants and scientific knowledge.




Many seemingly commonsense ideas about chasing the sun for happiness don’t, shall we say, weather scrutiny. Besides the practical problems I listed above, they suffer from a philosophical one as well: assuming that a little gloom is bad and should be banished. On the contrary, a full life is one that has its sun and rain, all of it offering itself to be experienced. No one put this better than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem “The Rainy Day”:




    Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;




    Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;




    Thy fate is the common fate of all,




    Into each life some rain must fall,




    Some days must be dark and dreary.




The sun will be back. In the meantime, be fully alive in the rain.








Weekly Newsletter


Feast of Christ the King


31st October 2021


Dear Friends of Sacred Heart Church, Limerick


Canon Lebocq


Prior of Sacred Heart Church




Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. We know that Jesus is King because He said: ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ (John: 18). He came into this world to save us from the powers of darkness and bring us, through the blood of His cross to His Kingdom in Heaven.




As this feast denotes the spirit and foundation of our community and the symbol in which our priestly vocation is embedded, we have chosen this day to request your support for our seminarians. Our second collection today represents the bi annual collection we make for this intention. As you are aware, there are four Irish vocations in our seminary and two additional young men in their discernment year. This is a grace-filled duty, which is returned to us a hundred fold by good and holy priests.




November is upon us once again. Scripture tells us that ’It is a holy and a wholesome thing to pray for the dead’ (2 Maccabees 12:46). There are three elements to the Family of God: The Saints in Heaven: The Church Militant on earth: and The Souls in Purgatory. The church dedicates this month to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. We are encouraged to pray throughout this month in particular for those we know who have died and for those who are suffering in purgatory and may have no one to pray for them. We may also pray for particular groups of people, for example, priests or those who were unprepared for death, or who were murdered.




To this end, we have prepared the November List for the Dead that you will find on the table at the back of the church. Please fill out these lists according to your own choice of people who have died and whom you wish to pray for and place your list in the box marked: NOVEMBER HOLY SOULS LIST. These lists will be placed close to the altar and will be prayed for at each Mass during the month. (You may make a donation here)




The Shrine of Our Lady at the back of the Church will be dedicated to our Holy Souls this month. Here, you can light a candle for your loved ones who have died and those you wish to remember. Our Lady comforts the Holy Souls whilst they are being purified in purgatory and being prepared to enter Heaven where they will spend Eternity praising the Lord with the angels and saints. 




Throughout the year we celebrate the feast days of various well-known saints. But the 1st. November is the Feast of All Saints. This day is dedicated to all those unknown saints who have no public recognition in the Liturgy but who have merited heaven by their quiet holy lives. You may know some of these saints?








Requiem Masses are offered at various times throughout this month but particularly on 2nd November: All Souls Day. We pray for our dead and all the holy souls in purgatory that they may be released from their suffering. This includes our friends, relatives, benefactors and others as well as our enemies!










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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (World Mission Sunday) 24.10.2021


Dear Parishioner,


                               During ‘Lockdown’ somebody may have said to you ‘I attended Mass in Tipperary yesterday.’  Of course, the person had not gone to Tipperary but had looked at a web-streamed Mass from Tipperary.  If I say that I went to South Sudan, in Africa, last Thursday night, you will  know that I did not travel there.  You may have gone there too, by watching as I did, the Mission webinar featuring a nun and a priest, who are missionaries there but who happen to be at home in Ireland at this time.  (A third person very much involved with Missionary work here in Ireland – Juilean Moran – also took part in the webinar.)  Sr. Orla Treacy, a Loreto nun, has become well known in recent times in Ireland because of the pioneering work her order are doing in providing education for girls in South Sudan.  Articles either written about her or by her have appeared in ‘Dear Parishioner’.  In her talk, she highlighted the difficulties in providing education for girls in South  Sudan, because of the unsettled state of the country and because of the strong tradition of marrying off girls from the age of 14/15 upwards.


                               Fr. Tim Galvin, a St. Patrick’s (Kiltegan) Missionary Society priest, from Brosna Parish, whose home is a short distance from the border with Co. Limerick, has spent 38 years (more than twice as long as Sr. Orla) working in South Sudan.  He devoted some of his talk to describing a wonderful Sudanese man, Pio, who was tortured and threatened with death, if he didn’t stop meeting with people in a church and leading them in prayer, when the priests had gone from the area because of fears for their safety.  Despite the torture and threats, Pio continued what he had been doing.  Fr. Tim described Pio as a poor man but one rich in faith.  Juliean Moran’s talk about her work with Missio Ireland, one of the many national members of the official ‘Society for overseas missions’ with Pope Francis as head, was not as dramatic as that of the other two speakers but she outlined the important work being done to support Irish missionaries, both religious and lay, around the world.  All three speakers emphasised the importance of the traditional support of the Irish people for their missionaries, at a time when the number of Irish missionaries is getting smaller with each passing year, while the needs of the people being helped are still very great.  Fr. Tim summed up the situation by saying ‘We need your prayers and offerings (financial support).  If possible, dig deeper (in your pocket, purse etc.) and pray a little harder as this World Mission Sunday comes nearer.  (D. O’M..)






When Feelings Of Love Wear Off


Conflict Is Inevitable When Two People Live Together


It’s said that the search for romantic love and the perfect relationship has filled the space where religion used to be.  We live in a secular society.  Fewer couples, who marry, opt for a church wedding.  Couples getting married today are more likely to have the wedding and reception in the same venue.  It's not uncommon for people to co-habit, to live together for a trial period to see if they are compatible before they consider getting married.  The belief that it is easy to move on from a couple relationship that doesn't work out is a fallacy.  Nobody walks away unscarred, when a couple relationship ends.  Whether it's a bad marriage that lasted decades or a student romance that ended before graduation, break-ups are painful.  The perception that people move on with their lives and find other loves needs to be challenged.  It is not unusual for young adults to have more than one long-term monogamous relationship before they feel ready to get married.  Statistics from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) in Ireland show that the average man is 36.8 years old when getting married while the average woman is 34.1 years old.




Studies show that couples, who marry from their late 20s onwards, have a better chance of making the marriage work.  With maturity, people recognise how easy it is to believe they are in love when, in reality, they are experiencing a passing physical attraction, which they mistake for true love.  Two people can see each other across a crowded room and fall instantly in love at any age.  By its very nature, the belief that you have found your soulmate generates very powerful and real emotions.  In that magical moment of instant attraction, there is a dramatic intuitive knowing. Fate has intervened. This is going to be 'the one,' the soulmate of your dreams.  Being newly in love is a blissful experience.  Nearly always, there is a strong element of fantasy involved.  Those who believe in the myth of romantic love are more likely to fall in love at first sight.  Someone, who is in love, is completely besotted by the other person, experiencing an intoxicating, exclusive and exciting oneness. These exhilarating feelings are temporary, lose their intensity and inevitably fade.




Teenagers who fall passionately in love for the first time believe this is 'the real thing.'  'In love' feelings are incredibly intense.  Usually, first romances don't last but dealing with the heartbreak when a relationship ends is an important life lesson.  A break-up is inevitable when the couple has differences of opinion and


either person discovers that their beloved cannot give them what they want,


value and need in a couple relationship.  It's amazing how quickly the wonderful explosion of excitement and exhilaration can burn itself out like a magnificent firework.  As soon as the 'in love' feelings wear off, the bliss of being in love wanes.  Once the romantic energy is lost, disillusionment sets in, and the couple must decide how committed they are to making the relationship work.  To remain in a happy, fulfilling, committed relationship with another person is challenging and demands a lot of hard work. Marriages are probably the toughest and most rewarding of all relationships to keep emotionally healthy, happy and mutually satisfying.




Happiness in a relationship does not depend on harmony.  Conflict is inevitable when two people live together.  Rows have the potential to either strengthen the relationship or end it.  'Partner' is the word journalists use when they don't want to specify whether they are talking about a couple who is married or living together.  It's a fitting word for the creative developing partnership that keeps a marriage vibrant and alive.  There is a widespread belief that living together before marriage will show whether two people will be compatible and enjoy deeper intimacy after marriage, but this isn't necessarily so.  Some people need to be in a relationship so much that they are hardly ever not in one.  Serial monogamy is the practice of having one exclusive sexual relationship after another.  Many serial monogamists start each new relationship optimistically with great expectations of how their partner is or will be.  When the partner doesn't measure up, they gradually lose their attraction and liking, fall out of love and set out to find someone more handsome, beautiful or sexy, only to meet disappointment again. Romantic energy wanes, and problems, differences and disagreements arise in every couple relationship. The legacy of pain, heartache and emotional damage after a passionate relationship ends always leaves a scar.  ( Carmel Wynne Reality October 2021)




Remembering Brendan Kennelly.  In a letter to the Editor of the Irish Times, last Wednesday, Gerard Neville, a native of Listowel, wrote, ‘In the mid-1990s, I was playing bagpipes outside Trinity College, as part of a fund-raising effort for the Irish Cancer Society and Sean Treacy Pipe Band.  I noticed Professor Kennelly talking to somebody inside the gates.  He seemed oblivious to my musical endeavours, until I began playing ‘The Valley of Knockanure’, a song about a War of Independence incident that occurred about eight miles from Brendan’s native Ballylongford.   Almost immediately, Prof. Kennelly left his companion to go to the nearest of our collectors and made a generous contribution.’


Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospel   John Byrne osa




1.In this story Jesus cures the blind man, Bartimaeus.  Recovery of sight in the Bible is often a metaphor for coming to faith.  Perhaps during your life you have had moments of insight, of deeper understanding, of appreciating who Jesus is for you.  What was it that helped you to see more clearly?



2. Who has the ‘Jesus person’ who helped you to see more clearly?  Perhaps, as a parent, a teacher, or a friend, you have also been a ‘Jesus person’ for another and helped her or him to a clearer understanding of the meaning of life, love, and faith.




3.To get to Jesus, Bartimaeus threw aside his cloak so that he would not be impeded.  What have you had to discard to be able to see more clearly (e.g., an assumption, a prejudice, a rigid opinion)




4. ‘Your faith has saved you’ Jesus said to Bartimaeus.  Recall situations in which you have been grateful for the faith that is yours because in some way it saved you.                                                                                        (Intercom October 2021)




Points to Ponder


God gives to each person a unique mission.  Some are called to very public lives, others are called to simple and quiet lives.  Some are called to use their minds in powerful ways, but each person has a unique mission from God.  What is your mission?  Seeking to know what the Lord asks of you is essential to your journey of holiness and, therefore, happiness.  When fully embraced, this mission will bring abundant fulfilment to your life because of one simple fact:  every mission is a mission of Mercy. 




The struggle that many people have is that they embark on selfish endeavours in life, failing to commit all their energies to the work of the Lord.  The Lord wants you to work, day and night on his mission.  His mission will certainly include moments of fun and rest, work and struggle, laughter and tears.  It will also require a complete death to yourself but it’s worth it!  Seek the mission God has given you and embrace it with all your heart.  If you do,  the Mercy of God will pour forth through your life (See Diary #1567).  Reflect, today, upon this simple question: What is my mission in life?


(Daily Reflection on Divine Mercy 265 Days with Sr. Faustina)