Fr. Joe’s Rumblings (Page 14)

Fr. Joe’s writings and rumblings.

KEEPING AN EYE OUT 04.12.2016

‘On Guard!!’ This was our cry as young boys, with our left arm bent, hand on hip, the other hand brandishing our sword as we acted out a fencing scene from The Mark of Zorro or another swashbuckling epic. These sword fights were fast and furious and often ended in one or other of us being ‘run through’.…

WAITING 27.11.2016

On one of our first trips to the United States, Fr John and myself were working in a summer camp run by the Salesians. On our first day we asked the young people we were working with to queue up. They stared at us blankly. They had no clue what we were talking about. Soon we were…

IN THE GRIP OF FEAR 20.11.2016

I had a very unusual encounter with darkness just a few days ago. Unusual in the sense that such a thing rarely happens at least to the degree that it hit me the other day. It was quite intense. It is important to set the scene a little. I had been invited to Belfast to celebrate a…

ASHES TO ASHES 13.11.2016

‘There they go again, telling us what to do’, ‘They have little to worry them!’, ‘They are not going to tell me what to do with my loved ones ashes, nor my own for that matter!’ ‘My Mum’s ashes are on the sideboard and that’s where they are staying!’ These were just some of the reactions that…

DEATH 06.11.2016

Now that we are in the month of November our thoughts turn towards those that we have known, and sometimes loved, who have died. Our society is now less comfortable than ever with death. This is a natural consequence of the move away from organised religion and/or the decrease in faith. We are encouraged now to use…

FED UP? 23.10.2016

Did you ever feel fed up? Now I hasten to add I am not talking about when you are unwell, such as being tired or run down. I am of course not talking about depression, which is a clinical term which deserves both our respect and to be taken seriously. No, I mean that feeling of being…

WOUNDS 16.10.2016

Have you any wounds? I mean a physical wound. Big or small. Maybe you got your appendix out. Maybe you are a mother and you have the singularly noble wound of a C-Section. I got my appendix out. I also have a little scar on my second smallest finger on my left hand. It reminds me of happy…

A NEW PRAYER TO ST. MATTHEW 09.10.2016

We had a very memorable day on the Feast of St. Matthew, 21st September 2016. We had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am to 9pm, and various prayer forms during the day, including two beautiful celebrations of the Eucharist. A steady flow of people availed of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the afternoon. The programme for the…