April 5th 2020

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in its history following new restrictions in France to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. “The sanctuary will close its doors for a while,” said Lourdes sanctuary rector Msgr Oliver Ribadeau Dumas last week. Following the closure, French Auxiliary Bishop Antoine Hérouard of Lille called on Catholics to participate in a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes until March 25th to pray for the sick. The date also marked the anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s 16th apparition at Lourdes where Our Lady declared to St. Bernadette Soubirous “ I am the Immaculate Conception”.
(Irish Catholic)
The relics of St. Bernadette of Soubirous, whose vision led to the founding of the Shrine of Lourdes, will visit Ireland in the Summer and Autumn of 2020.
They are due to visit the Diocese of Ferns from 20th – 25th September.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
ITALIAN DOCTOR’S POST – 24th March 2020
“Even in my worst nightmare I would never have expected to see and live the events that has occurred in our hospital over the last three weeks. The horror is increasing every day, it became unmanageable two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists believing that science was the norm and science eliminated God’s presence. I had always laughed at my parents going to church until a 75-year-old pastor came to us with severe respiratory problems.
He had a Bible and would read passages everyday to those who were dying and held their hands. We were mentally and physically exhausted and later when we had time we would sit down and listen. We had to admit that as humans we had reached our limits. We could not do any more and more people are dying everyday. Two of our colleagues have died also and others are barely standing. We realised that mankind’s scientific knowledge is limited and that we need God. We started to pray whenever we had a few minutes.
Its incredible, but even as committed atheists we came to God and found peace yesterday. The 75-year-old ‘Shepherd’ passed away while he was with us; he managed to bring peace to us. A peace we had no hope of every finding. I have not been home for 6 days, I now realise how useless I have been to people on this earth until now. I want to serve Him by helping my fellow man until my last breath.
(A moving story from Italy going around online – from a parishioner)
Fr. Liam Lawton, composer of the lovely hymn The Cloud’s Veil, said he had suffered a bereavement and was finding it hard to cope. A Sympathy card arrived with the words:
‘When the sky is dark and grey, I’m still with you’
Taking hope from these words he composed the hymn.
Diocese in Italy have reported the deaths of around 50 priests as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to official Church sources in the country. The vast majority of the priests were aged 70 and above. The oldest Fr. Mario
Cavalleri, was 104 years old while the youngest Fr. Sandro Brignone, was 45 years old. Of the deceased priests, at least 15 of them came from the Diocese of Bergamo.
(Irish Catholic March 26th)
On 12th September 1683, Sobieski’s troops, in association with the famous mounted Hussars defeated the larger Ottoman army following a fifteen-hour battle, and so ended the Ottoman attempt of conquer Europe. The fleeing Ottoman soldiers left behind a number of items that included bags of a hard, black bean from which the Turks had made a drink called khafir. According to legend, Blessed Marco d’Aviano, a Capuchin friar, rallied the Christian troops with prayer prior to the battle. He subsequently discovered the sacks of coffee beans that had been left behind by the Turkish forces. Blessed Marco brewed some of the coffee beans but found the resulting drink too bitter. So he added milk and honey, thereby turning the coffee a light brown colour. The Viennese called the drink the ‘little Capuchin’ or cappuccino in honour of the colour of Blessed Marco's Capuchin habit. He died of a tumour on 13th August 1699, in Vienna. Marco d’Aviano was beatified by Pope St. John Paul 11 on 27th April 2003.
Prayer to God for help, comfort and salvation:
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us
You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies,
look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief, deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead.
Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil.
We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen
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As we begin Holy Week, it is an Easter like never before, there will be no public gatherings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday or even Easter Sunday.
At home we will endeavour to do our best with private prayer and remembrance. It is a time for gathering our thoughts and doing our best at this time of great distress in our world. Never was prayer more needed,
So let us join together this week and pray for the sick and dying and that a cure may be found soon.
ETWN Channel 589 or St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorhty webcam.
From the Glenstal Book of Prayer - Easter:
Lord our God, by the Resurrection of your son,
You have forever illuminated the world.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
grant those who still sit in darkenss and in the
shadow of death,
May be born anew and that your light may
shine on them for ever and ever. Amen.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieveenlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
(Dalai Lama XIV)
One feature in the heart of the city of Dresden, in the former East Germany, is generally missed by the tourists. It never shows up on post cards. It is a beautifully and intricately carved stone water fountain, called The Cholera Fountain, and it dates back to 1845.
At that time the fountain was built for the people of Dresden as an expression of thanksgiving that they had been spared the worst ravages of a cholera epidemic. The fountain is engraved with some words from
Psalm 91
"You need not fear the terrors of the night,
The arrow that flies in the daytime,
The plague that stalks in the darkness,
The scourge that wrecks havoc at high noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side
Ten thousand at your right hand,
You yourself will remain unscathed".
When my very minor terrors and scourges afflict me, I remember the Cholera Fountain. Not for some promise that the worst thing I fear won't happen to me. Quite the opposite. The Cholera Fountain tells me that they will have no power to extinguish the essential spirit of who I am. Like that flow of pure water from the fountain, the divine life that wells up in every human heart can never be extinguished.
(Margaret Silf - Compass Points)
DID YOU KNOW! - Weep and you weep alone
'Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone, is a well-known Irish saying. Now a recent report reveals that people are losing the art of laughter - and it could have a serious effect on our health.
The report found: In 1930 we laughed on average for 19 minutes each day, but by 1980 it had decreased to six minutes. Children can see the funny side of things more often and may laugh up to 400 times a day.
By exhaling air from our lungs in short bursts of laughter, our breathing becomes faster and heart beats are quickened. This achieves as much good as ten minutes exercise. Laughter also has a beneficial effect
on our immune system. It encourages the production of white blood cells, thus increasing our resistance to infection. And a good laugh works wonders for our appearance as it relaxes all our major facial muscles.
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The finest ship to sail the sea of life is friendship.
The world is a book and every step turns a new page.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
Fr. Robert