Posts by Fr. Joe (Page 12)

LENT OR WEIGHT WATCHERS? 05.03.2017

At the time of writing, a few days before Ash Wednesday, it has been reported that a parish in the West of Ireland will be offering ‘drive-thru Ashes!!’ I see the funny side to this and I can understand it’s appeal. It comes as no surprise that it has been described as ‘cool’ and ‘moving with the times’.…

UNHOLY SMUDGE! 26.02.2017

Next Wednesday, March 1st, is Ash Wednesday. All over Dublin, indeed all over the world droves of people will turn out to get their ashes. I do not know how true it is but apparently a number of years ago a famous politician was known for topping up his own ashes during the course of the day,…

THE LOVE ISSUE!! 12.02.2017

‘And some say love is holding on and some say letting go Some say love is everything and some say they don’t know’ Perhaps Love, John Denver/ Placido Domingo One can only imagine the amount of songs that have been written about love. This is not to mention all the love poetry and songs. Whilst he…

BUILDING WALLS OR BRIDGES? 22.01.2017

Long, long before he became affectionately known as one half of the ‘chuckle brothers’, and on a more serious note, being an important part of building peace in Northern Ireland, I had an encounter with the Reverend Ian Paisley. It was not a pleasant experience, as a matter of fact, it was quite frightening. It was Church…