Photograph by Stephen McElligott of Mousesqueak The relic of St.Oliver Plunketts incorrupt head generates a lot of discussion among the Irish Catholic faithful. What least gets talked about is the prison door behind which Oliver spent his final days in his cell in London. He's only 20-30 minutes drive from me so I'm spoiled. I … Continue reading The Prison Door Behind Which St.Oliver Plunkett Lived Before His Martyrdom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abDxQwJEY9c I learned this on classical guitar in recent days gone by. I'd always wanted to learn this piece of music but recoiled from it due to the fear of being a failure at it. To my surprise in comparison to John Williams Deer hunter theme it was a walk in the park. As I … Continue reading What Music Are You Playing To Attract Newcomers To The Catholic Faith?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14 I'm no perfect parent but I've been witness to some really bizarre behaviour by Christian parents. I'm sure you all probably have even worse stories to … Continue reading Let Your Children Be Children
In the Gospels Jesus gives the entire community many great miracles to marvel at. The Resurrection of Lazarus, the healing of ailments and the exorcising of demons. He gives them enough light that they may freely choose him and yet enough darkness to keep them wondering. With his apostles this is not so. He gives … Continue reading Why Does Jesus Give More To Seers Than To Other Laity?
Image by Deflyne Coppens from Pixabay You must wake up now: the night is almost over, it will be daylight soon. Let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the … Continue reading Time To Wake Up And Stop Living In The Dark
Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop centers on police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products as the cyborg law enforcer RoboCop. Unaware of his former life, RoboCop executes a brutal campaign against crime while coming to terms with the lingering fragments of … Continue reading We Are All Called To Become Robosaints
Image by kollynlund from Pixabay Many of us tend to judge priests who dress in civvies as being embarrassed of their faith. They're afraid of the world and this is why they go around looking like everybody else. I would say there are times when priests should look like priests and times when priests should … Continue reading Should Priests Dress Like Priests?
Image by GLady from Pixabay I went out fishing during the hours when the moon was down and they'd be out feeding. I wasn't wrong either. Upon arrival the tide was high, the river was flowing and the weather was nice and warm. Under the bridge I could see crowds of fish. They were of … Continue reading When You Can See The Fish But They Won’t Bite
My Grandfather Martin McElligott andGrandmother Mary Crosby My Great Grandmother Annie Reddan (nee McElligott and Slattery) Today is the feast of Jesus grandparents St.Anne and Joachim. I don't exactly know what role they played in Jesus life. Could they have been alive or dead by the time he'd come of age and enjoy them? I … Continue reading The Important Role Of Grandparents In The Family Even When They’re Deceased
Image by JL G from Pixabay One thing I've noticed long before I was ever religious is the differing extremities between the social classes. For example, Rich people and those of some sort of higher social standing where private education is the norm, tend to be ruled by logic. Poor people and those educated through … Continue reading The Importance Of Balance Between Logic And Emotion