30th January.

Fr Morty O'Shea

This morning’s news was all about the government’s plans to introduce abortion. What upset me the most was the twisted reasoning and half-truths being presented to justify the legalised mass killing of unwanted children. Our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) says that he wants to have abortion safe, legal and rare. Does he really think that legalising something is going to make it ‘rare’ – like the 8.9 million unwanted babies terminated in Britain and the 58 million in the USA? Can we at least be honest about what our intentions are?

St Pope John PaulWhat are we to do? St Pope John Paul shows the way: “Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices…

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14th January – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) (Refugee Sunday)

Fr Morty O'Shea

In yesterday’s blog I made an international appeal for pro-life canvassing here in Ireland. If you are interested, please look it up.

This is today’s homily followed by the gospel of the day.

It is very important to appreciate what has brought us together here in this church today. We are not here as members of a political party or because we want to promote Gaelic games or Irish traditional music. We are here because we are Catholic Christians who gather on the Lord’s Day to repeat the Last Supper in memory of Jesus. This is the interest that we all share in common.

Jesus Lost-and-foundAnother way of expressing that we are Christians is to say that we are followers or disciples of Jesus. In today’s gospel we heard about the call of Jesus’ first disciples. This invitation first offered by Jesus is the same invitation that we have all accepted:…

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21st January – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Fr Morty O'Shea

This was today’s homily.

angels ascending descendingLast Sunday I spoke about why we gather here every week: we are Catholic Christians, we are followers of Jesus, his disciples who discipline our lives according to his teaching about right living. In times past we didn’t have to think much about what being a Christian involved. We lived in a Catholic country and culture. Everybody practiced the faith, attended Mass every Sunday and Holy Day, participated in family prayer, etc. We were carried along by a current taking us in the right direction.

In 2018 we no longer live in a culture that is really Christian so we have to think things out for ourselves and make a personal commitment to Jesus and his gospel. Quite often we will find ourselves swimming AGAINST a current which seeks to take us away from Christian living.

Why do I say that we live in a culture…

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Life is Winning in America

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A few videos, scenes, not to mention words that moved me relating to The March for Life in Washington last Friday. Enjoy!

Over at Life News, there is an amazing time-lapse video of the people streaming the streets.

One more video maybe

The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, wrote an op-ed in the National Review last Friday.

In short, life is winning in America again. It’s winning because of the policies of our administration, and because of the commitment and compassion of those who gather today in our nation’s capital, and in marches, meetings, and homes all across the country.

Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins.

Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families, who open their hearts and homes to children in need.

Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis-pregnancy…

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