1st October – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Fr Morty O'Shea

This past week the government announced that a referendum would be held next Mayprollife 001 or June on the pro-life 8th Amendment. Also yesterday there was a national pro-choice march in Dublin. Given that the Bishops’ Conference has dedicated this Sunday as a DAY FOR LIFE, I decided to address the issue in this weekend’s homily.

On a regular basis I find myself talking to young people about choosing their vocation in life. I say that God has a great big plan for us that extends across time and space. Because God is our loving Father, this is a wise and good plan. Much of our personal happiness and fulfilment depends on finding this unique place that God has given to us in his jigsaw plan.

If we stay close to God by a life of daily prayer, worshipping him at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and by keeping…

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23rd September – Ss Eunan & Padre Pio

Fr Morty O'Shea

Today in the Raphoe Diocese we celebrate the feast of our patron St Eunan, an abbot ofour lady queen of peace the 7th century. It is also the memorial of Padre Pio or St Pio of Pietrelcina. On the night of his death, he was accompanied by a brother friar – it is a wonderful tradition to keep watch with our departing loved ones, even it is means losing a night’s sleep! Padre kept talking about his mother who was present in the room. The friar taught he was speaking about his natural mother, whose photo was on the wall. Padre said, no, not her, my other mother. He was of course speaking about Our Lady. For somebody who had said the HAIL MARY (and indeed the Rosary) so many times in his life, it is no surprise that she directly fulfilled the request: Pray for us sinners now and at the hour…

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How long?

RIP Susan Irene

Susan Irene Fox

The murder victims cried out in a great, singular voice: How much longer, O Lord, the holy One, the true One, until You pronounce judgment on the inhabitants of the earth? Until You avenge our blood?” (Revelation 6:10)

I am more valuable than a flock of sparrows.*

I am more valuable than a pride of lions.

I am more valuable than a handful of sand.

I am more valuable than a bouquet of flowers.

I am more valuable than a constellation of stars.

I am a human being, just like you.

I have red blood in my veins, just like you.

I have sons and daughters, just like you.

I have moral beliefs and family values, just like you.

I seek truth and justice, just like you.

Yet…

How much persecution is too much?

How much racism is too much?

How much injustice is too much?

How much murder is…

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5th September – St Teresa of Calcutta

Fr Morty O'Shea

Today is the memorial of St Teresa of Calcutta – even though it is not listed as an official one yet. Back in the mid 1980s I was given a tract with her spirituality which is based on one of the Seven Last Words from the Cross: I THIRST. It struck me as a most inspired piece of writing. I have often joked that if the Pope called me up one day requesting a suggestion for adding something to add to the Bible, I would recommend this! Over the years I have copied and distributed many thousands of these tracts – for parishioners, random strangers that I meet, etc.

This is the content of the tract.

I Thirst

“Behold I stand at the door and knock …” (Rev. 3.20)

It is true, I stand at the door of your heart, day and night.   Even when you are not listening, even when you…

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