St.Oliver Plunkett When St.Oliver Plunkett landed in 17th century Ireland from Rome the Catholic faith was banned. The celebration of Mass was outlawed and the hunt for Bishops and clergy on the rise. Much like the USSR an Irish version of the KGB known as "priest hunters" were paid handsomely for turning a priest in. … Continue reading Discover The Secret World Of Christians Who Go Undercover
Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay On the Sunday of March 15th, 2020, I had no idea that I would be attending Mass for the last time for over 3 months. It is only now that I reflect with an acquired flavor of humor that does not neglect the seriousness of the issue, on the readings … Continue reading Losing My Religion During Covid19
Yesterday I was driving home in the rain from running an errand. Close to my house I saw two figures in rain coats and beards walking with staffs in hand and traditional symbols of pilgrimage around their necks. I immediately recognized the one with the seashell to be Fratel Biagio (Brother Biagio) a very famous … Continue reading I Met With Two Monks Travelling Europe On Foot
Image by Ivonne Nöhren from Pixabay Teaching you how to be appreciated is an obsession of many authors whose books instruct you on the secrets of how to emotionally manipulate others. The idea is to teach you how to get your boss, friend or family member to appreciate you more using various tried and tested … Continue reading Why You Should Stop Wanting To Be Appreciated
Image by Günther Simmermacher from Pixabay In recent years I've noticed an incredible rise in the attacks on Pope Francis when observing social media platforms. The Pontiff is not the only Pope who has been criticized and certainly will not be the last. This new fresh criticism is more notable only because of the rise … Continue reading Is It OK To Criticize Pope Francis?
A still from the Popular Exorcist movie filmed in 1973 Exorcists have been on the decline lately, and the Church is lamenting the growing shortage of priests available to train for it. It is and will always remain to be a very important part of the Churches ministry. Exorcism has its benefits on lay people … Continue reading Focusing On Exorcisms Not Good For Mental And Spiritual Health
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw91J2Y2_Wk&t=12s In his latest Youtube video, Michael Voris attacked Bishop Barron, making a number of arguments which I respectfully responded to in a comment which he or a member of his team deleted. The irony here is that he is critical of the Bishop for inviting in lame Catholic journalists who already agree with his … Continue reading Michael Voris Attacks Bishop Barron Deleting Comments Opposing His Argument
My kids took this rather funny photo of me today. They wanted to play "Knights and Kings" and they all agreed I should be king. They bought me a kings crown from the local toy store and took this photo of me with my Mr.Perfect mug. As we all laughed at the photo it nevertheless … Continue reading What It Means To Live Like A King
West Face Of The High Cross http://www.stephenbernard.org It is only a short drive from my home yet remains one of the biggest tourist attractions all year round. This is only one of the numerous well preserved 1100 year old High Crosses found in Ireland today. It was erected on the site of a monastery that … Continue reading 10th century High Crosses Of Monasterboice explained.
whoever loses their life for me will find itMatthew:16:25 The Church often uses this quote when referring to those who were martyred for the faith. While they do that legitimately, there is another way you can lose your life without ever shedding a drop of blood. How do many martyrs willingly give up their bodily … Continue reading What It Really Means To Lose Your Life For Christ