Novena to Saint Patrick

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Maria Elena Vidal reminds us that the Novena to Saint Patrick begins today, and provides us with a beautiful prayer. The Church in Ireland is in crisis, and the last two generations of Americans of Irish descent are, in alarming numbers, abandoning the practice of the faith of their forefathers.

Read John P. McCarthy's excellent review of "The End of Irish Catholicism?" by D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D. And pray the Novena.


Thank you, Father Mark, O.Cist.. Once on a trip to Lourdes, a little Irish lady said to me about her country: "It's not 'Holy Ireland' anymore." I make this novena every year for those of Irish descent among my relatives who no longer practice the Faith for which our ancestors sacrificed so much.

Coincidentally, today's ( Saturday) Catholic Ireland website, publishes on its news page, an editorial from this month's The Word magazine, by Dr. Vincent Twomey on the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland.
Dr. Twomey's power of positive thinking casts light in many a dark hour. Thanks for your excellent blog, and I would second Terry's earlier call for a book..or two..

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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