A Lament for Ireland – And us All

Lord have mercy.

A Sign of Hope

By Charlie Johnston

(I wrote this little poem after I heard the decision in Ireland. It is not polished – I completed it in an hour. But it is how I felt and what I hope)

A Lament for Ireland

‘Twas the last wall to fall,

As the earth’s axis shifted,

To the Lord of us all,

And our Mother we call,

That our grief soon be lifted,

With new light we be gifted.

Alas, it is fallen, great Eire,

Death opens its floodgate,

A tsunami of fire,

The dark hour of the liar,

Love overtaken by hate,

Life consumed by the state.

How much longer, Oh Lord,

Must we labor in vain,

Till you send out your sword,

And exhaust this discord,

Babes dying in pain,

Our world gone insane.

The satan, he chortles,

With malevolent glee,

Watching from his dark portal,

As we spurn what’s immortal,

Yielding to…

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Ireland and Life

The nub of the matter…


Tomorrow the people of Ireland will go to the polls. They will decide whether to repeal the 8th Amendment to their Constitution. That amendment states the following, “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

As you all know, I couldn’t agree more with it, and I will consider it a travesty if they repeal such a common sense provision. But they might, hedonism runs strong, these days. Something Timothy M. Jackson wrote in The Federalist yesterday resonates strongly with me.

Start with any blatantly obvious premise that is grounded in a basic moral principle for producing a good and just society, and you will find that, according to the pro-choice proponent, abortion is the sole exception to all…

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11th May – DAY #1 of HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA.

Fr Morty O'Shea


God Holy SpiritThe novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Spirit

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An Announcement amidst Signs of Hope

A Sign of Hope

(ASOH is grateful to share this news while encouraging support for the newest prayer initiative, first announced by Fr. Richard Heilman at his site, Roman Catholic Man. Under the video which accompanies this announcement are two signs of hope. ~Beckita )



From Fr. Richard Heilman       March 31, 2018

Jesus promised St. Faustina, “I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming” (Diary, 1732). I have been saying for years, now, that Poland is the “spiritual epicenter” of the renewal of faith on our planet.

Providentially, on October 7, 2017, as the whole world looked on (New York Times article), a grassroots call for prayer, in mostly Catholic…

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Is the Pope Catholic?

A Sign of Hope

By Charlie Johnston

I pray an intricate private Rosary. One of the things I do is offer each decade of a mystery for a specific, fixed intention. My literal intention for the third decade of each mystery is, “…to the honor of and seeking the intercession of St. John Paul the Great, whom I claim as patron; for the intentions, person, and immortal soul of our Holy Father, Francis: may he be strengthened to accomplish all God has appointed him and may his papacy bear great fruit; and for the intentions, person, and immortal soul of our Holy Pope Emeritus Benedict: may he be strengthened to accomplish all God has appointed him and may his life bear great fruit.”

It was distressing, as we entered the Triduum, for yet another eruption from the Vatican as it was reported that the Pope had told one of his favorite journalists, the Italian…

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Ven. Concepcion Cabrera de Armida: A Powerful Mentor for Spiritual Mothers

WORD of the Vine

My first meeting with Ven. Concepcion Cabrera de Armida was fate, I think. I was thumbing through Ronda De Sola Chervin’s book, Prayers of the Women Mystics  when she jumped out at me. Maybe, it was her beautiful heart-felt prayers to Jesus in the Eucharist that grabbed and enthralled me and the fact that she too, was the mother of a large family. I suspect more.  She grabbed me and was my first companion  in spiritually walking along with the Church to pray for priests.

Let me give you a taste of her words. As you reflect with her words, pay attention to your own heart and what develops for you in your mission in praying for others. You are my Love, O my Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. My first thought on waking is of you, beloved of my soul, and my last before closing my eyes in…

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Abortion and the Image of God

All Along the Watchtower

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a…

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