So many people on our island and across the world think that the Catholic Church in Ireland is dying. If she is dying, then she is dying to all that needed to wither for her to bloom more fragrantly and more beautifully.
As a 26 year old Irish Catholic, let me tell you something: the Catholic Church in Ireland is NOT dying; she is being born anew.
Just as nothing that rises from the ashes can avoid being first put through fire, the Catholic Church in Ireland has tasted fire.
And first it was a holy fire; there was widespread conversion and Ireland was a lighthouse of Christianity for the rest of the world.
Half of the world or more, has been evangelised by Catholic men and women from Ireland:
We built churches, hospitals, monasteries, schools, homes for abandoned mothers and homes for abandoned children.
We clothed the poor, fed the hungry and nursed the sick.
We were the island of saints and scholars; poets and doctors; teachers and healers.
We produced some of the world’s greatest art & literature and raised up hearts to hear the Gospel message.
But through the centuries, this message has been distorted and we have burned ourselves with a destructive, bloodthirsty fire.
Priests and religious have sexually abused children;
family members have sexually abused children;
religious brothers and sisters have emotionally abused each other;
clericalism and careerism have torn apart what was beautiful;
lay people have abused our priests;
priests have abused the Eucharist, and so people have fallen away from the knowledge that was once imprinted so clearly on our hearts:
“Jesus Christ is real, He is here, and He loves you.”
But now, watching this video you can see that the Catholic Church in Ireland burns once again with a holy fire. She is NOT dying; she is WAKING UP, and she is telling you that Love exists & He is waiting for you in Jesus, in the Eucharist.
And that He is a love worth experiencing.
Thank you SHM Films and @youth2000ireland for putting together this video and retreat. 🔥
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about. .
0 2519 August, 2019
Holy Trinity Church
Architects: George Pain, Dominic Coakley, George Ashlin (per Wiki)
Fuelled up and tooled up: let’s do this! Join us for our gathering this morning at 10:30am - we’d love to say hi! • Word @johnnycarson7@thewaychurchni • Music @t_purdue • 📍Ashfield Girls’ High School, Belfast
"Тормози, тормози, тормози!"- кричала я мужу в салоне авто.
А Вы б не кричали, если проезжали мимо такой красоты?😝 Пришлось найти место для остановки и сохранить этот шедевр архитектурного искусства. Хотя сама церовь вполне себе обычная по ирландским меркам. Но ее расположение в сочетании с природой вокруг выглядит превосходно.
⛪ St. Bridget's Catholic Church - римско-католическая церковь, построенная в 1869 г., находящаяся близ небольшой деревушки Drumkeeran на пересечении двух национальных дорог Ирландии (R200 и R280). В поселении всего пару улиц и несколько десятков домов, зато есть почта и паб. Если б не ночная подсветка, мы б ее и не заметили.
Сумерки, кладбище, холмы - кажется прекрасная картина? А Вам нравится?
Для тех, кто хочет телепортироваться на остров и "пройтись" в этом месте, добавила ссылку на моей странице ⬆️ с панорамой 😉. Приятной прогулки!
Kilmood is somewhere that mum & I are always drawn back to. My mum’s dad grew up across the street from St Mary’s and it remained an important place for him. It is a really quiet spot and a beautiful church. Nice to keep revisiting those roots and memories.
🍾🥂🥂🍾🥂Huge congratulations to Michelle and Paul, who got married today in lovely Westmeath. So lovely to also meet Rachel from @weddingsbykara .😍😍 Love their photos check out their site.🎶🎵🎶🎵gorgeous irish themed musical programme including Sally Gardens, Se an tiarna Maoire, Believe me if all those endearing young charms, Brian Borus March, an chuilfionn, mo ghra thu and more.
Join us for the Advance UK Conference at KCC Southampton as we gather together as a family of churches and look at what it means to be a people living in exile and how we can be faithful citizens of heaven whilst engaging in the contexts that God has placed us in. This conference is open to all members from our partner churches and to those looking into Advance.
15 - 16 November 2019
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2 217 August, 2019
A L W A Y S | H O P E ❤🕊 Fresh audio now up | Spiritual Depression |
Available online and via the usual podcast providers 📲🎧🌍
Check out our Sunday songlist 🎤🎶 Join us this Sunday 10:30am at our alternate venue (for one week only) - Eastside Gallery - top floor of Eastside Visitor Centre at CS Lewis Square ☕🌱❤
1 403 August, 2019
Quick sketch/watercolour of the old Abbey. Built in 1206. Done from observation - got the perfect angle sitting down by a flower pot. Took 1.5 hours and then I got rudely disturbed by some guys doing a photo shoot...!
Making the most of the long evenings and weather before it all changes in a few weeks, happy August 😎
T H I S • S U N D A Y •
For one week only we are gathering for worship at the Eastside Gallery - top floor of the Visitor Centre at CS Lewis Square! . . .
Join us at 10:30 ☕️ • Music @foldinglights • Word @drvarney