Fr. Joe's Rumblings

WAITING IN FEAR?

‘We have tested and tasted too much, lover – Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder. But here in the Advent – darkened room Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea Of penance will charm back the luxury Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom The knowledge we stole…

THE WORST CURSE WORD?

If you had a ‘swear box’ in the kitchen or the car and every time you used the name of Jesus you had to put in two euro, would there be much in it at the end of the day? The end of the week? I actually believe it is the worst swear word we can use.…

TOUGH TIME TO BE A PRIEST?

That’s exactly what she said. It was just after a funeral Mass. It was a lady that has visited St. Matthew’s a few times. I think she comes up from down the country. This was the comment she made to me when she came over to say thanks. We had a little chat about Priesthood and in lamenting…

DANCING WITH THE DEVIL

You’re the devil in disguise Oh yes you are….. (Elvis Presley) I know now, at least I think I know now, the story I was told as a young fella was just an old wives tale prompted by our fixation with being frightened and at times being the one who does the frightening. The story goes like…

THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR

Who’s that knocking on the door: who’s that ringing on the bell? Did you ever live in fear of the Sheriff coming to your door. That’s not a nice place to be. If he was coming, you would know he was coming. If that was the case that was quite literally a dreadful place to be. Filled…

IN MY DARKEST HOUR

In my darkest hour I feel the burden of shame, I am haunted by bad decisions, Those I have hurt come out of the depths. In my darkest hour I become aware of the badness I am capable of, My head is jammed with the cotton wool of guilt, Fists clenched my breathing shallow, I…

STORMY WEATHER 22.10.2017

Luna is very unsettled this evening. She has looked at me a few times as if to say I’m way too old for hurricanes. I have tried to explain this is Ophelia and that she will come and go but the truth of the matter is I am not sure myself whether this frenzied whipping of trees…

MY RETURN TO MEDJUGORJE

I was first in Medjugorje in the days between Christmas 2001 and the Feast of the Epiphany 2002. It was very cold and the snow was deep and packed tight on the roads and pathways. Despite the fact that several people have expressed doubt about much snow in the village of Medjugorje whatever about the surrounding hilltops, I…