What is Truth

A Sign of Hope

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By Charlie Johnston

It has been a challenging week. Last Sunday I had one of my periodic neurological episodes. When it happens, my mind gets fuzzy, my head gets sweaty, the pain spikes terribly, and I get nauseous. Not pleasant, but I was about two months overdue – and I kind of look forward to it, for if I stay quiet, it seems to reset me to renewed vigor within a week. Beyond that, the news of the last week kept me poised between baffled wonder and furious anger. Best to get a little perspective when such fundamental things are taking place and being revealed.

We seem poised at the edge of a fulcrum. For all my seasoned analytical acuity I remain, at heart, a somewhat naïve optimist. That is why the events of the last week shocked me to my core.

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Super Blue Blood Moon

A Sign of Hope

super-blue-blood-moon(I was blown away by this piece written by Fr. Richard Heilman at his site, Roman Catholic Man. Rather than just link to it, I sent him a note asking permission to reprint it in its entirety…and yes, I disclosed to him that I am THAT Charlie Johnston. To my delight, he quickly and graciously granted permission. I have been a fan of Fr. Heilman for several years now. He is profoundly faithful and bold – and is one of the most insightful commenters on the faith I have seen. If you don’t follow him at his site, you really should. He is a profound sign of hope to me.-CJ)

January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon and St. John Bosco’s Dream/Prophecy

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Well known is St. John Bosco’s “dream of the two columns”…

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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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5th November – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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At Fatima Our Lady made two great requests: Daily Rosary and Consecration to her Immaculate Heart. One way to accomplish the latter is to do the 33 day novena prayer composed by Fr Michael Gaitley. If one begins today Nov 5, it will complete on Dec 8th, the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There is an online version of the novena accessible at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-eChbWa9e_sRWYzMUtRWm1BdDFXTFA2V1UxdFpub3V4ckJJ. If you are not familiar with IT, there should be somebody in the family who can assist you.

father childIn this morning’s gospel, we heard  “You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven.” The following is a reflection on the awesome mystery of calling God “Father” from a recent ALIVE! publication.

You may remember when the priest at Mass introduced the Our Father by saying: Let us pray with confidence to…

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