THIRTY THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING A PRIEST IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN!

Glendalough: beauty, ancient tradition, vibrant heritage, sacred silence, Holy Spirit whispering…

Pro Cathedral: holy space, Palestrina, rhythmic praying people, statues, paintings, ambiance…

Incense: rising, wafting filled with childlike faith, rich, lingering, reminding us of God…

Gospel Choir: joy, beat, dance, gives God glory, attracts all ages and group, stirring, enlivening….

Religious Orders: rich tapestry of service, including monasteries, faithful and inspiring….

St. Matthews: grounds, stain glass, seating, shrines, Joy and Sorrow, heroic virtue of people….

Mass: greatest prayer on earth…incredible privilege of celebrating every day, Jesus present…

Catholic Schools/ Hospitals: much beleaguered, the lens and values of Jesus continues….

St. Kevin: monk, leader, pastor, father, custodian of monastic prayer and sacred silence….

Social Justice: Sean, Kevin, Stan, Peter, Consilio, Martin and their co workers. Living Gospel…

St. Laurence O’ Toole: Shepherd, administrator, leader, Archbishop of Dublin, contemplative…

Ballyfermot: warmth, welcome, looking out for each other, unfairly criticized, real, resilient….

Eucharistic Adoration: depth of God’s love, Christ truly present amongst us, divine beauty….

Pilgrimage: great tradition, from going to Knock, Lourdes, Holy Land, Medjugore, Assisi….

Cultural Diversity: gradual letting go of difference being threat, to richness in diversity….

Prayer Groups: plethora of these all round the diocese, constant powerhouse of prayer….

Media: at its best, investigative did us some service, calls us out, necessary challenge….

Leadership: courageous, skilled communicator, gives voice to abused and others, tolerant…

Arts accessibility: easy access to huge array of drama, music, art, dance, on stage and street…

Devotions: Marian, Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Novena of Grace…..

Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Workers: Valiant, self sacrificing, hard working, inspirational….

Humour: connected with humility, ability to laugh at ourselves, not gospel joy but related to it…

Retreat Houses: a few left that offer genuine spiritual direction and protect sacred silence…

Prayer for Priests: never ceasing, supportive loving laity, for priest’s well being, his vocation…

Matt Talbot: Granby Lane, chains, alcoholism, docker, hard work, shame, God’s grace, saint…

Church Bells: Pealing, locally and nationally, Angelus, call to prayer, reminder of God’s love…

Climate: Pope Francis, Laudato Si, Green, Ecology, Care of planet, increased awareness….

St. Charles of St. Andrew of Mount Argus: healing, compassion for the sick and suffering…

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