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...

The parables of the Kingdom

By fr Brian McCarthy In St Matthew’s Gospel we find many teachings of Jesus, expressed in parables, little stories which illustrate the teaching readily and are easy to remember. Generations of preachers have admired the simplicity and power of the parables, “art...

Sr Clare Crockett

By Fr Shane Sullivan One of the blessings God works though the saints is stirring us out of our complacency. The dedication, the zeal and love of our Lord that animated their lives is often a catalyst for our own self-reflection and further conversion. This is exactly...

We must carry on the work of Christ

By Bishop Phonsie Cullinan In the light of recent developments in Ireland the Church finds herself in a different place.  We must go back to basics.  The purpose of the Church is to continue the work of Christ. This is what the Church has done, or tried to...

The Power of the Rosary to convert

by Kathy Sinnott My Aunt Ann was about 50 when she woke up to the fact that her older children were no longer Catholic.  A busy mother of nine, still making school lunches for the younger ones, she had not seen it coming.  She had done all the right things,...

A Recent Rosary Miracle

In 2014 in Nigeria, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, in his Cathedral, when he saw a vision of the Lord.  The Lord motioned towards him with a sword, which turned into a rosary.  Our Lord then said three times: “Boko...

How To Spend A Holy Hour

by Fr Billy Swan I recently gave a talk to a group of promoters of Eucharistic Adoration here in my diocese. I shared with them a few thoughts on how we might spend a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The first twenty minutes before the Lord really present in...