The First Saturdays 

By Fr Marius O’Reilly Our Lady promises to assist at the hour of their death those who help her in this devotion.  The practice of the First Saturday devotion was requested by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.  She said to Lucia, the oldest of the three children: “I...

Mary – A very special Mother

By Fr John Keane There are twenty one in my friend Joe’s family, he has twenty brothers and sisters.  It is very difficult to keep tabs on them to know where they all are at any time.  When he comes home to his dear Mam and asks her where is Eileen today she...

The Need for Repentance

By Fr Brian McKevitt OP The German Protestant pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who died in Auschwitz in 1945, wrote a lot about what he called “cheap grace”. He was fiercely opposed to it.  “Cheap grace,” he wrote, “is the deadly enemy of...

Mary’s Assumption And Human Dignity

By Fr Billy Swan Of all the religions of the world, none insists on the dignity of the human person more than Christianity.  With our Jewish brothers and sisters, we hold that we bear the imago Dei, the image of our creator.  If that claim wasn’t...

Our Lady of La Salette

By Fr Damian Polly It never ceases to shock and upset me how often the Most Holy Name of Jesus is used as a terrible swear word by so many people in this country and abroad.  The name of our most loving Saviour who died for us, the name before which every knee in...