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samedi 2 juin 2018
Your Catholic Week in Review (Mise Éire Edition!)
When God seeks to punish a nation? He sends bad priests... Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Ireland... and MORE!
Your Catholic Week in Review (Mise Éire Edition)
In 1912, just before the War for Irish Independence was ready to boil over, Irish patriot Padraic Pearse wrote a small poem in Gaelic entitled Mise Eire (I am Ireland).
Mise Éire: Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra
Mór mo ghlóir: Mé a rug Cú Chulainn cróga.
Mór mo náir: Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.
Mór mo phian: Bithnaimhde do mo shíorchiapadh.
Mór mo bhrón: D'éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.
Mise Éire: Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.
I am Ireland: I am older than the Hag of Beara.
Great my glory: I who bore brave Cúchulainn.
Great my shame: My own children that sold their mother.
Great my pain: My irreconcilable enemies who harass me continually.
Great my sorrow: That crowd, in whom I placed my trust, decayed.
I am Ireland: I am lonelier than the Hag of Beara.
It is terrible to think that just after 100 years of British attempts to exterminate the youth and flower of Ireland, that Ireland -- of its own volition -- would permit the likes of Planned Parenthood to pick up where the British Empire left off.
Great is Ireland's sorrow; that crowd in whom she placed her trust. Who was this crowd that abandoned her?
Ireland's priests and bishops.
Unlike Ireland, America never choseabortion; it was imposed upon them by the U.S. Supreme Court. How did Ireland decay to such a point?
The answers are quite clear. Merely 18% of Ireland faithfully attend Mass, and the contrast remains between two forms of sacrifice -- one being good and the other being definitively evil; one an affirmation of God's commandment, the other in rebellion against it. Yet just 10 years ago, that number was almost half of Ireland. In 1983 when the 8th Amendment was passed into law? Almost 4 in 5 faithfully attended Mass.
Fast forward to 2018. Ireland's association of Catholic priests actually softshoed the repeal campaign. Ireland's bishops were disinterested and unengaged. The Pontifical Academy for Life was silent during the referendum. Pope Francis said NOTHING, despite the fact he is visiting Ireland in August of this year for the World Meeting of Families (?!) in Dublin.
The Ireland he will visit will be far different from the vibrant Catholic Ireland which greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979.
For all of Pope Francis' concern about too much rigidity and rigor within the Catholic laity, our bishops should be concerned of another sort of rigidity -- rigor mortis. Unsurprisingly, the bishops of Ireland spent all their public strength on the defense of homosexual priests, leaving nothing for the defense of children in the womb.
Alas, as we discussed last week, when God seeks to punish a nation? He sends bad priests. These links between bad priests, abortion, the Eucharist, the laxity in the liturgy, and the displeasure of God are all there for those with eyes to see:
It was in the summer of 1916 that the angel came a second time while the children were at play. He said: "What are you doing? Pray! Pray much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs upon you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High."
Lucia asked: "How must we sacrifice?" The angel answered: "Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you."
This was the message from the angel who prepared the way for Our Lady at Fatima in June 1917, a month also dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Our paths -- Ireland, America, Russia, and the world -- is clear. The Mother of God commands it. Who are we to disobey?