Waiting for Christmas; Reflection, music and poetry

Since I am not allowed to do anything in a church, and because I have always loved this season of the Church’s Year (my book Waiting in Hope was very popular), I am going to a public house hall instead. I think what we are planning will be a lovely hour, and a help towards entering into the spiritual meaning of this time.

WAITING for Christmas

An Hour of Reflection, Music & Poetry
Venue:Freigh Inn, Newport, Co.

Sometimes I get annoyed with double standards in Irish life.

Sometimes the prevalence of double standard and duplicity in Irish life gets to me, and this is one of those occasions.
The case of Maurice McCabe is all over the news at present, and may precipitate an election. But that is not my concern here. Let the political situation take its course. My concern is something else.

There was an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor made against Sargent McCabe.

My Reflections on the AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests

The Association of Catholic Priests held their AGM on Tuesday last, 7th November in Athlone. These are some reflection on the event.

The new, younger leadership of the ACP was very impressive. Tim, Roy and Gerry have really taken up the reins, and are moving things forward very effectively. That was obvious from the first half of the meeting, which contained reports of the year’s activities.
We heard about the series of eight meetings held with priests around the country, in which the participants spoke openly about the reality of life as a priest for them today.

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