Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Great Famine - Ireland's Agony 1845-52

I'm reading: About The Great Famine

Over one million people died in the Great Famine, and more than one million more emigrated on the coffin ships to America and beyond. Drawing on contemporary eyewitness accounts and diaries, the book charts the arrival of the potato blight in 1845 and the total destruction of the harvests in 1846 which brought a sense of numbing shock to the populace. Far from meeting the relief needs of the poor, the Liberal public works programme was a first example of how relief policies would themselves lead to mortality. Workhouses were swamped with thousands who had subsisted on public works and soup kitchens earlier, and who now gathered in ragged crowds. Unable to cope, workhouse staff were forced to witness hundreds die where they lay, outside the walls. The next phase of degradation was the clearances, or exterminations in popular parlance which took place on a colossal scale. From late 1847 an exodus had begun. The Famine slowly came to an end from late 1849 but the longer term consequences were to reverberate through future decades.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Mhuire Mhathair

10 ways you know you’re in rural Ireland

This sums up our experience!

Waving: everyone waves at you in rural Ireland. Complete strangers are also likely to say hello to you as you pass them on the street, so don’t be surprised when it happens. The Dublin habit of staring straight ahead as you walk past a fellow human on an empty street does not apply outside the capital. As you drive along an Irish country road make sure to keep your hand at the top of the steering wheel as you will need to flick your finger up quickly as you pass other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, sheep etc. Even if you don’t know them. Young men driving vans use “the wave” which is particular to their sort. It is where they hold up the back of their hand as if some awful grease were dripping off the end of their fingers. It means “hello”.
Source at link below:

10 ways you know you’re in rural Ireland

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Clericalism by Mark Shea


A few years back, Russell Shaw wrote a terrific book called To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity. It took its title from an amazing remark by a 19th-century English monsignor who loftily declared, "What is the province of the laity? To hunt, to shoot, to entertain. These matters they understand, but to meddle with ecclesiastical matters they have no right at all."

John Henry Cardinal Newman disagreed, pointing out that during the Arian crisis, it was the laity who kept the Faith while the majority of bishops vacillated, caved to heresy, or were silent during the 60 years of the crisis. That doesn't mean that the Church operates on the principle vox populi, vox Dei. But it does mean that clericalism ought to be avoided.

Clericalism is basically the bad idea that only the ordained and religious are fully Catholic and that laypeople are more or less second-class. With that idea comes a host of other bad ideas, such as "Father is always right," "Never disagree if a bishop does it," and "Don't question anything a priest or bishop does."

It's this conception of the ordained office as a place of power that gave us the scandal of priestly abuse and episcopal cover-up of same. Priests like John Geoghan used their office to dominate and abuse kids. Bishops, many of them thorough-going clericalists as well, saw their office as a place of power and, when that power was threatened by the Heaven-heard cries of victims, attacked the victims and protected the power. And mysteriously, many parents, police, and prosecutors -- laity all -- let them because they somehow had become convinced that the mere fact of ordination trumped the natural law which says you should protect a child from a rapist and call the cops.

Americans are incorrigible about dividing everything up into "conservative" and "liberal" tribalisms. The standard media template of "Plucky Rebel Liberal Alliance v. Evil Conservative Hierarchical Empire" lends itself easily to such simplicities. Some would have us believe that "conservatives," being "poor, uneducated and easily led," are suckers for clericalism while "progressives" question authority and prize open discussion of the issues. And, admittedly, reputed conservatives, both lay and ordained, have done their part to sustain that template. One thinks, for instance, of the sensitive pastoral approach of the quite orthodox Archbishop Elden Curtiss to laypeople like Frank Ayers and Jeanne Bast, an 80-year-old mother of eleven and retired Catholic grade-school teacher from west Omaha, who wrote letters to the Omaha World-Herald regarding Curtiss's decision to assign a priest who had viewed Internet child pornography to St. Gerald parish in Ralston, after publicly criticizing his decision to reassign a priest who had viewed Internet child pornography.

"You should be ashamed of yourself!" the archbishop wrote to Bast. Likewise, Ayers was informed by Curtiss that he was "a disgrace to the church." For maximum humiliation, the letters were carbon copied to the writers' pastors and both writers were commanded to say one "Hail Mary" prayer for him as penance. Unfortunately, for Archbishop Curtiss, he picked the moment when the priest abuse scandal was breaking all over the United States in the spring of 2002 to pursue this singularly ill-advised effort at shutting down perfectly legitimate lay input on the clergy's catastrophic failure. When it comes to matters of the common good, lay people have more input to offer than pay, pray, and obey, and he ought really to have listened to these good people and not simply assumed that ordination conferred on him the right to tell people not to point out the bleedin' obvious. Not surprisingly, such moments give many people the impression that "conservative company man" vs. "brave liberal reformer" explains everything.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Maryvale Institute - Catholic Apologist MA

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Catholic Social Teaching: A beacon and leaven for Europe

Cardinal Turkson's words:

Catholic Social Teaching – what can it offer?

As a language of faith and reason, rooted in the Scriptures and in dialogue with the human sciences, the Church’s social tradition is as old as the Scriptures and the Church herself. It has grown over the centuries in response to society’s challenges, and it continues to do so today.

The biblical starting point of social teaching is the goodness of God’s creation, damaged but not destroyed by the Fall. In coming to save us, the God-man Christ entered into our world. Called to co-operate with God, we are likewise sent out into the world to cultivate and care for it, and to bring the new life of the redemption into all those areas marked by abuse, degradation and death. God’s grace enables us to resist whatever dehumanizes and to promote the greater good.

Today, in order to re-humanize our fragile societies, we must begin to imagine economics and politics worthy of the human person. Accordingly, Pope Francis, addressing the participants of the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos, emphasized

… the importance that the various political and economic sectors have in promoting an inclusive approach which takes into consideration the dignity of every human person and the common good. I am referring to a concern that ought to shape every political and economic decision, but which at times seems to be little more than an afterthought. Those working in these sectors have a precise responsibility towards others, particularly those who are most frail, weak and vulnerable.

Source: (Vatican Radio) "Giving Europe a Soul" is the title of a Conference taking place in Poland focusing on diversity within brotherhood and on the need for a social ethical network in a unified Europe.

Seamus Heaney - Blackberry Picking

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Regarding homilies

I find personally that if listening to a homily inspires you to want to be a better person, it is usually a compassionate one. If it's a doom & gloom, hell-fire catalogue of how awful the congregation is (doesn't include the preacher), and focus on our sins rather than the means & ways to eradicate them, I find people tend to read the notices!

We are very blessed to have the Holy Father's Homilies on a daily basis:here

Pope's Morning Homily: Draw Near to Others as Jesus Did

Without Closeness and Compassion, Excellent Preaching is Useless

Beautiful homilies are useless and mere vanity if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope.

This was Pope Francis’ reflection Tuesday morning during Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, bishop martyrs.

The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more: he is close to her.

"God – the people say - visited his people," the Pope said. When God visits "there is something more, there is something new", "it means that His presence is especially there". Jesus is close.

"He was close to the people. A close God who is able to understand the hearts of the people, the heart of His people. Then he sees that procession, and the Lord drew near. God visits His people in the midst of his people, and draws near to them. Proximity. This is how God works. Then there is an expression that is often repeated in the Bible: 'The Lord was moved with great compassion'. The same compassion which, the Gospel says, that moved Him when he saw so many people like sheep without a shepherd. When God visits His people, He is close to them, He draws near to them and is moved by compassion: He is filled with compassion".

"The Lord," Pope Francis continued, "is deeply moved, just as He was before the tomb of Lazarus". Just like the Father who was moved "when he saw his prodigal son come home".

"Closeness and compassion: this is how the Lord visits His people. And when we want to proclaim the Gospel, to bring forth the word of Jesus, this is the path. The other path is that of the teachers, the preachers of the time: the doctors of the law, the scribes, the Pharisees [who] distanced themselves from the people, with their words ... well: they spoke well. They taught the law, well. But they were distant. And this was not a visit of the Lord: It was something else. The people did not feel this to be a grace, because it lacked that closeness, it lacked compassion, it lacked that essence of suffering with the people".

Pope Francis continued: "And there's another word which is proper to when the Lord visits His people: 'The dead man sat up and began to speak, and He - Jesus - restored him to his mother'".

"When God visits His people he restores hope to them. Always. You can preach the Word of God brilliantly. There have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless. It is mere vanity".

Looking at Jesus, who restored a living son to this mother, the Pope said "we can understand what God visiting His people means. And so we ask for the grace that our Christian witness be a witness that brings the closeness of God to His people, that closeness that sows hope".


Vatican Radio

(September 16, 2014)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014

CLARE QUINN - You've got a friend.

'So must the Son of Man be lifted up.' Sunday Reflections, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Fr Sean Coyle,Irish Columban Missionary priest in the Philippines writes:

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has designated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this year as National Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq and Syria. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, President of the CBCP, wrote to his fellow bishops: In all our Masses on the feast of the Holy Cross, let us unite ourselves with our suffering brothers and sisters, commending to the God who is our hope their pains, their shattered lives and dreams, their bereavement and their loss. He also asked for a special collection at all Masses, the money to be sent by the CBCP to the charity aid of the Apostolic Nunciatures in Iraq and Syria.

Read more here

Saturday, 13 September 2014

War “What does it matter to me?

Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis
to the Military Cemetery of Redipuglia
(13 September 2014)

After experiencing the beauty of travelling throughout this region, where men and women work and raise their families, where children play and the elderly dream… I now find myself here, in this place, able to say only one thing: War is madness.

Whereas God carries forward the work of creation, and we men and women are called to participate in his work, war destroys.  It also ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings.  War ruins everything, even the bonds between brothers.  War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying.

Greed, intolerance, the lust for power…. These motives underlie the decision to go to war, and they are too often justified by an ideology; but first there is a distorted passion or impulse.  Ideology is presented as a justification and when there is no ideology, there is the response of Cain: “What does it matter to me?  Am I my brother’s keeper?” (cf. Gen 4:9).  War does not look directly at anyone, be they elderly, children, mothers, fathers…. “What does it matter to me?”
Above the entrance to this cemetery, there hangs in the air those ironic words of war, “What does it matter to me?”  Each one of the dead buried here had their own plans, their own dreams… but their lives were cut short.  Humanity said, “What does it matter to me?”
Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction…
In all honesty, the front page of newspapers ought to carry the headline, “What does it matter to me?”  Cain would say, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

This attitude is the exact opposite of what Jesus asks of us in the Gospel.  We have heard: he is in the least of his brothers; he, the King, the Judge of the world, he is the one who hungers, who thirsts, he is the stranger, the one who is sick, the prisoner… The one who cares for his brother or sister enters into the joy of the Lord; the one who does not do so, however, who by his omissions says, “What does it matter to me?”, remains excluded.

Here lie many victims.  Today, we remember them.  There are tears, there is sadness.  From this place we remember all the victims of every war.
Today, too, the victims are many…  How is this possible?  It is so because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the manufacture and sale of arms, which seem to be so important!
And these plotters of terrorism, these schemers of conflicts, just like arms dealers, have engraved in their hearts, “What does it matter to me?”
It is the task of the wise to recognize errors, to feel pain, to repent, to beg for pardon and to cry.        
With this “What does it matter to me?” in their hearts, the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry.  That “What does it matter to me?” prevents the tears.  Cain did not cry.  The shadow of Cain hangs over us today in this cemetery.  It is seen here.  It is seen from 1914 right up to our own time.  It is seen even in the present.

With the heart of a son, a brother, a father, I ask each of you, indeed for all of us, to have a conversion of heart: to move on from “What does it matter to me?”, to tears: for each one of the fallen of this “senseless massacre”, for all the victims of the mindless wars, in every age.  Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pope Francis on fraternal correction

(Vatican Radio) True fraternal reprimand is painful because it is done with love, in truth and humility. Moreover it is unchristian to take pleasure when reprimanding someone.  This was the focus of Pope Francis homily Friday during Mass in Santa Marta, on the day when the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Holy Name of Mary.
The Pope was reflecting on the Gospel passage where Jesus warns against noticing the splinter in our brother’s eye but failing to see the wooden beam in our own. This inspired him to return to the subject of fraternal reprimand. First, he said, the erring brother should be reprimanded with charity.
"You cannot reprimand a person without love and charity. [Just like] you cannot perform surgery without anesthesia: you cannot, because the patient will die from the pain. And charity is like an anesthetic that helps you to receive treatment and accept reprimand. Take him to one side and talk to him, with gentleness, with love".

Secondly, - he continued - we must speak the truth: "Do not say something that is not true. How often in our community are things said about another person that are not true: they are slander. Or if they are true, they destroy the person’s reputation". "Gossip - the Pope repeated - hurt; gossip are a slap in the face of a person’s reputation, they are an attack on the heart of a person. "Sure - he observed - "when they tell you the truth is not nice to hear, but if it is spoken with charity and love, it is easier to accept". Therefore, "we must speak of other people’s defects" with charity.
Thirdly, we must reprimand with humility: "If you really need to reprimand a little flaw, stop and remember that  you have many more and far bigger!"

"Fraternal reprimand is an act that heals the Body of the Church. There's a tear, there, in the fabric of the Church that we must mend. And like mothers and grandmothers, who mend so gently, so delicately, we must do likewise when we want to reprimand our brother. If you're not able to do this with love, charity, truth and humility, you will offend, you will destroy the heart of that person, you will add to gossip, that hurts, and you will become a blind hypocrite, just as Jesus says. Hypocrite, first take the wooden beam out of your own eye. ...'. Hypocrite! Recognize that you are the more sinful than the other, but you, as a brother must help to reprimand the other".
"A sign that perhaps can help us in this" - said the Pope - is when we feel "a certain delight" when "we see something wrong" and consider it our job to deliver a reprimand: you have to be "careful because that is not coming from the Lord".

"The Cross, the difficulty of doing a good thing is ever present in the Lord; the love that leads us, the meekness is always of the Lord. Do not judge. We Christians tend to behave like doctors: stand on the sidelines of the game between sin and grace as if we were angels ... No! Paul says:' for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified '. And a Christian who, in the community, does not do things - even fraternal reprimand - in love, in truth and humility, is disqualified! He has failed to become a mature Christian. May the Lord help us in this fraternal service, which is as beautiful as it is painful, to help our brothers and sisters to be better and help us to always do it with love, in truth and humility".

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Noble 30" TV Ad | Out Sept 19th

Written and Directed by Stephen Bradley (Sweety Barrett), the award-winning NOBLE will open in cinemas across Ireland on 19 September 2014.

Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war.When the funny, feisty and courageous Irish-woman, Christina Noble, flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come.Christina lands in a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won abilities, she is about to change everything, for hundreds of thousands of people. Shifting between past and present, the film concentrates on Christina's strength of character, as she uses music and humour to pursue a seemingly impossible dream, always following her motto that "a little insane goes a long way."

NOBLE is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference. And of how she is proved right.

Co-starring with Deirdre O'Kane are Brendan Coyle (The Raven, Downton Abbey), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Safe House), Ruth Negga (Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., World War Z), Nhu Quynh Nguyen (Pearls of the Far East, Indochine) and Tony nominated Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inish Maan, The Guard).

Pope's daily homily - so wonderful to get these- a real grace!

In his homily this morning at Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that loving one’s enemies is the “model of Christian life.”
Reflecting on the Gospel reading from St. Luke (6:27-38), in which the Lord tells his disciples, “[L]ove your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” the Holy Father said that this is a model of Christian life – of unconditional love in action.
“Do good,” he said, “lend without hoping to have back what you have lent – [act] without interest, and your reward will be great.” Pope Francis also recognized that this new way of the Gospel is one by which it is often difficult to live:
“‘But Father’ [one might say], ‘I don’t feel like behaving that way’. ‘Well’, [one might reply], ‘if you don’t feel like it, that’s your problem, but that’s the Christian way.” This is that way that Jesus teaches us. ‘And what can I hope?’ [one might ask]. Go on Jesus’ way, which is the way of mercy. Be merciful as your father is merciful. Only with a merciful heart can we do all that, which the Lord counsels us to do – all the way. The Christian life is not a navel-gazing one. It is a life in which one gets out of oneself in order to give oneself to others. It is a gift, it is love – and love does not turn in on itself, it is not selfish, but self-giving.” 
The Lord asks us to be merciful. He asks us not to judge. Often, Pope Francis said, “it seems that we have been named judges of others: engaging in gossip, talking behind people’s backs, we judge everyone.” The Lord, however tells us not to judge, lest we be judged ourselves. “Do not condemn [others],” said Pope Francis, “and you will not be condemned.” The Lord asks us to forgive, that we might be forgiven. “We say it every day in the Our Father,” noted the Holy Father, “forgive us as we forgive others – and if I do not forgive, how can I ask the Father to forgive me?”
“This is the Christian life. ‘But Father, this is folly!’ one might say. ‘Yes’, one might answer, ‘it is’. We have heard in these days, though, St Paul, who said the same: the foolishness of the Cross of Christ, which has nothing to do with the wisdom of the world. ‘But Father, to be Christian is to become some sort of fool?’ [one might ask]. ‘Yes’, [I would say], ‘in a certain sense, yes. It means renouncing the cunning of the world in order to do everything that Jesus tells us to do and that, if we do the sums, if we balance the ledger, seems to be against us.”
The Holy Father went on to explain that the way the Lord teaches us is the way of magnanimity, of generosity, of self-giving without measure. “It was for this,” he said, “that Jesus came into the world,” not to judge, not to engage in idle gossip, not to pass judgments, but to give and to forgive. “Being Christian isn’t easy,” said Pope Francis, adding that we can become Christians only by the grace of God, and not by our own strength.
“Here then arises the problem that we all must face daily: ‘Lord, give me the grace to become a good Christian, because I cannot do it on my own’. This is something quite frightening at first glance – quite frightening indeed. If, however, we take the Gospel and we read the 6th chapter of St. Luke – and reread it and reread it and reread it – and let us do so – and let us ask the Lord for the grace to understand what it is to be a Christian, to understand the grace He gives to us Christians, as well, because we cannot do it on our own."

Source :

Vatican City,  (Zenit.orghere

St Benedict and his 12 steps of Humility

Step 1. A first step is taken when one consciously obeys all of God’s commandments, never ignoring them but always holding within himself a fear of God in his heart.

Step 2. The second step is achieved when one thinks not about pleasing himself but instead follow the injunction of the Lord.

Step 3. The third step is reached when out of love of God, one obediently submits to a superior in imitation of the Lord.

Step 4. The fourth step is achieved when one, under obedience, patiently and quietly endures all thing that are inflicted on him. It should make no difference whether the trials are painful, unjust or even completely beyond his understanding; he should neither tire nor give up.

Step 5. The fifth step is reached when one humbly discloses to his superior all the evil thoughts in his heart, as well as those faults and evil acts he has actually committed.

Step 6. To achieve the sixth step one must without qualms accept all that is crude and harsh; at all times he considers himself a poor and worthless workman.

Step 7. The seventh step is attained when one not only confesses that he is an inferior and common wretch, but believes it to his very core. He must be willing to humble himself.

Step 8. One reaches the eighth step of humility when he does only that which is demanded by the common rule of his seniors.

Step 9. The ninth step can be achieved when one, practicing silence, only speaks when asked a question.

Step 10. The tenth step is climbed when one restrains himself from undue laughter and frivolity.

Step 11. To reach the eleventh step one must speak gently, without jests, but simply, seriously, tersely, rationally and softly.

Step 12. The final step is attained only when one can at all times show humility not only in his appearance and actions, but also in his heart.
St Benedict

Jesus said......

James Tissot, 1886. Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:27-38.
Jesus said to his disciples : "To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit (is) that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.
Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


This union will be impossible without complete abandonment to God’s pleasure in all the little worries of your life. Do whatever you think is most for His glory….and then calmly watch Him upset all and apparently bless your efforts with failure, and even sins on the part of others. I have long had the opinion that your over-anxiety to keep things right or prevent uncharitableness which has caused you a good deal of worry, is not pleasing to God and prevents Him from drawing you closer in His love “ Non in commotion Dominus. “ 1 Labour, then, with might and main to keep your soul in peace, put an abounding trust in abounding trust in His loving goodness. If you live in Jesus and Jesus in you, striving to make each little action, each morsel of food, every word of the Office etc  an act of love to be laid at His feet as dwelling in your heart, you will certainly please Him immensely and fly to perfection.

As regards this union with Our Lord, it is really nothing more than a blending of our will with His, in such a way that we wish only what He wishes..
I would advise you to avoid worry and anxiety which always show that self is still strong and that the human will is not completely dead.
Fr William Doyle SJ January 1912

(Father William Doyle SJ by O' Rahilly- Classic Reprint Series Forgotten Books)

1.       “ The Lord is not in the earthquake.” 3 Kings 19, 11

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Let that be true for me

Let that be true for me

Monsignor Graham Leonard wrote the following prayer:

Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven
Father, I know that you love me,
For you have shown me Yourself in Christ, my Lord;
I see You on the Cross
I know Your presence is everywhere, sustaining, guiding and directing me;
Father, I accept Your love and in response ask two things:
Deliver me from evil of trying to use You to serve my ends,
For I am made for You and You for me.
May I see Your will for me and seeing it
Embrace it as my true and sovereign Good;
Give me the vision to see that when I hear the call to leave this world,
I shall bring nothing  save my friendship with Yourself
Which You have given me.
My hands will be empty if I have not responded to Your love
And made friendship with you my one and chief concern
Besides which all else has no abiding worth.
My possessions, my talents and my body-
What are they but gifts from You to be returned,
As means through which I learn to be your friend.
I need not fear; I see my lord transfigured on the Mount
And I know that he who lives with God is not destroyed,
But through the passion and the risen life,
United by the spirit with Your Son,
In glory radiant with Love will come to share
Your ceaseless, perfect life of love and peace.
My God, my all, Let that be true for me.
Only if it be so I can bring others to Your love. Amen.