October 27, 2020

The Common Good

An incident on a cycle race circuit got me thinking about the common good. (more…)
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October 22, 2020

My lockdown lessons

Sky scanner used to be my best friend- my identity was linked to travel and exploring the world, or so I thought!  My Instagram name is Orlaexploring, and I love posting pictures…
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October 12, 2020

Prisons Week 11th-17th October 2020

Prisons are sacred places.  There our society claims control over the lives of men and women; there we assume the role of God.  And whether the prison is a large…
October 7, 2020

In Prison and you came to visit me

Jesus was speaking in a time long before the coronavirus came along and put a stop to prison visiting. (more…)
October 5, 2020

St Francis of Assisi – a second Christ

Pope Francis’ choice of Assisi for the launch of his latest Encyclical last weekend was well made.  The town of St Francis and St Clare was surely the ideal place…
September 25, 2020

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

I was picking up my bike from the repair shop and there came to mind something that Breda had said in the Irish Chaplaincy Summer Retreat, when speaking of her…
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September 23, 2020

Guardian Angels – our heavenly companions

Last week someone called me “an angel” for something I had done for them.  It’s not the first time I’ve been called “an angel” and I’m getting to like it.…
August 28, 2020

Looking ahead with hope

Looking ahead with hope has never been easy.  If recent months have taught us anything, they have taught us that our world is a very strange place indeed.  It is…
August 24, 2020

Praying Twice

It was Saint Augustine who said that to sing was to pray twice. At a time when singing is not allowed in churches it is wonderful to be at the…
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July 29, 2020

Jesus and his women friends

Jesus liked women.  He certainly liked Martha (whose feast we celebrate this week) and her sister Mary.  They and their brother, Lazarus, lived in Bethany, a small village a few…
July 15, 2020

Our great big family

You know the saying: never judge a book by its cover.  Well, the same could be said about people.  Never judge them by their faces or the way they appear. …
July 14, 2020

Coming out of Lockdown

I’m not sure which has felt more strange: going into lockdown or coming out of it. (more…)