09/16/2021 – Anointing with oil

09/16/2021 – Anointing with oil

Dia dhuit,

Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee in today’s Gospel. We are also told that a woman with a bad name arrives. Her heart is very open to the LORD and she pours out her tears on His feet, and wipes them with her hair. Then she anoints His feet with ointment. The Pharisee, who hasn’t shown the LORD much warmth, is appalled that Jesus would allow such a person to do this to Him. By his logic, Jesus must not be a prophet or He would have known who this woman was, and would have kept His distance. Jesus explains that her outpouring of love is as a result of her repentance, and that her sins have been forgiven. The woman is free! The Pharisee is not! May we always have the humility to seek forgiveness for our sins.

God bless you,
Fr Marius

09/15/2021 – Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

09/15/2021 – Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Dia dhuit,

Today we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.We recall the unique suffering of the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially during the passion of her Son.In the Temple many years before, Simeon had prophesied that a “sword would pierce her soul. “Meditating on Our Lady’s Sorrows (Dolors) can give you a great perspective on your own life. We generally speak about 7 sorrows:

  • The Prophecy of Simeon
  • The Flight into Egypt
  • Losing Jesus for 3 days
  • Meeting Jesus on the road to Calvary
  • Standing beneath the cross
  • Holding her dead Son in her arms
  • Laying Him in the tomb
    • When Our Lady appeared in Rwanda (Our Lady of Kibeho) in 1981 she said to one of the visionaries:”If you say the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows and meditate on it well, you will find the strength you need to repent of your sins, and convert your heart. Pray my seven sorrows to find repentance.”

      Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

      God bless you,
      Fr Marius

      P.S. If you missed any of the talks from the Men for Christ Conference on Saturday, you can listen back here – https://www.radiomaria.ie/?p=23536&preview=true

09/14/2021 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

09/14/2021 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we celebrate the victory over death and fear of the Crucifixion in this picture we are reminded so soon after 9/11 of the sacrifices of modern day firefighters and servicemen that went up to rescue those caught in the wreckage at the top of the towers and in our modern world that has forgotten God. In the endless concrete jungle of tv ads And all sorts of modern creations of mankind, buildings to house financial trade of the global banks and stock markets and other man made contraptions of modern commerce.and in the collapse. When it all fell to ruin. (And the day to day routines were forgotten about) in the wake of the horrendous destruction there was one cross formed of metal beams at the foot of the building. Some may argue it was a random chance others may but the resemblance is to true to be that. Here is an image .a sign that only God could left there in the rubble

09/08/2021 – Happy Birthday Blessed Mother

09/08/2021 – Happy Birthday Blessed Mother

Dia dhuit,

Today we celebrate the birthday of Our Blessed Mother. Today’s date falls nine months after her Immaculate Conception celebrated on December 8th.In our First Reading today, from the Prophet Micah, we see that in Bethlehem the long awaited descendant of King David will be born, the Messiah.Our Gospel today shows us that this child will be even greater. He will be Emmanuel, a name that means God is with us.We give thanks to Mary for her great generosity in cooperating with God’s plan for our redemption, and we ask her to help us to always do God’s will in our own lives. Maybe you can give Our Lady a gift today. Honour her in some special way. Perhaps a visit to a grotto, or a church to venerate an image or statue of her, or perhaps light a candle at home in front of an image or statue, or pray an extra Rosary at 6pm with people all over Ireland. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

God bless you,
Fr Marius

09/07/2021 – Praying all Night

09/07/2021 – Praying all Night

Dia dhuit,

In our Gospel today we see that Jesus goes to the hills to pray.We are told that He spends the whole night in prayer. Prayer is very important for us.As someone once said it’s our umbilical cord to the LORD.It keeps us on course, focused, centred. The Catechism defines prayer as the raising of the heart (and mind) to God.Prayer can come in many different forms, from a glance upwards, to the Rosary, some time in silence, or the greatest prayer of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.Isn’t it interesting to see that Jesus takes time to pray. He spends the whole night in prayer before making a BIG decision – the choosing of the 12. Prayer should precede all our major decisions.The people also crowd around Jesus in today’s Gospel for healing, and perhaps the strength He needed to help them came from His prayer. So perhaps today, dear friends, we can take a few moments to honestly evaluate our prayer life. Are we raising our hearts to God or are we going through the motions a bit?

God bless you,
Fr Marius

P.S. Some fantastic news. The Rosary on the Coast for Life & Faith will take place this year on Sunday, October 10th. We encourage you also to gather at grottos this year. To register a location, no matter how small, go to www.coastalrosaryireland.comPlease spread the word.

09/06/2021 – St. Paul

09/06/2021 – St. Paul

Dia dhuit,

There is a great contrast in our readings today. In our Gospel we have people who are doing everything they can to try and catch Jesus out. They are looking for something to use against Him. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus proceeds to heal a man and they are furious. Instead of praising God for His mercy, and being happy for the poor man who was cured, their hearts are closed and they are only concerned about themselves. In our First Reading St Paul shows us what it is to be selfless, to love – to be concerned not for oneself but the other. He says:”It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.”Let’s be generous today dear friends, and think of the other. Let’s try and offer to God all our annoyances, frustrations, hurts and sufferings of this day.St Paul, pray for us!

God bless you,
Fr Marius

09/05/2021 – Deaf Man

09/05/2021 – Deaf Man

Dia dhuit,

As I was pondering over today’s readings my ears were a wee bit blocked. It sometimes happens to me during the summer months when the pollen count is high. Sometimes I have to ask people to repeat what they have said. It’s a tiny tiny insight into what it is to be deaf. Today Jesus heals a deaf man who also has a speech impediment. How excluded this man must have felt in those days, long before the advances we have nowadays like sign language, hearing aids, computer software etc. Can you imagine what it was like for him when he was finally able to hear and speak unimpeded? What incredible joy. Imagine the onlookers who were astonished at such a miracle. Jesus, through this miracle, is showing that He is the one the Prophet Isaiah speaks about in our First reading today. He prophesises that God Himself will come and “then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed, then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy.” Jesus is not just the Messiah but the LORD Himself. Like all the miracles of Jesus this one too points towards something much deeper – spiritual deafness, for instance. The ears of ALL our souls could listen a bit better of course, but someone who’s story reminded me of our Gospel was Abby Johnson. Her life story is told in the film “Unplanned,” which is based on the book of the same name, which she wrote herself. In the film we see that Abby was introduced to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest Abortion provider, at a young age. She eventually joined the company, and rose through the ranks, winning an award, and becoming the head of one of America’s largest Abortion Clinics. Her parents and her husband were against her working in this industry, but she was ambitious and deaf to their concerns. They prayed for her.Often when she would arrive for work there would be two types of Pro Life people outside the gates of the clinic. There were those who shouted judgemental remarks and who were easily dismissed as fanatics by those who worked in the clinic. There was another kind of mysterious group called “40 Days for Life” who gently prayed the Rosary, and even greeted Abby each morning, showing love and respect. Like the deaf man in the Gospel, Abby encountered Jesus through these people, and the ears of her soul were opened. One day she went to the “40 Days for Life” offices and she told them she had resigned and that she was with them now. Their jaws dropped! She explained the power of their prayer and witness, and how c. 70% of the ladies who had made appointments never walked through the door, when they saw the people praying. They were delighted to hear this because they often wondered if their prayer was having any impact. Incredibly, Abby and her new friends saw the large clinic eventually close down.We may know some people who appear to be spiritually deaf to us. Let’s not judge them, but allow them to meet Jesus through us, through our respect and love, and our prayers in the background. It was the prayers and patience of my own parents that pulled me out of the swamp and opened my spiritual ears to the word of God. As our Response to today’s Psalm says: “My soul, give praise to the Lord.”

God bless you,
Fr Marius

09/04/2021 – First Saturdays

09/04/2021 – First Saturdays

Dia dhuit,

Today is the First Saturday. We honour Our Blessed Mother on each Saturday, but today, once a month, we also make reparation for the offenses committed against her, which greatly offend God. Jesus told Sr Lucia that there are five great offenses against Our Blessed Mother

  1. Blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception
  2. Mockery and denials of her virginity
  3. Mockery and denials of her Divine Maternity
  4. Those who seek publicly to implant in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect and even hatred of Our Lady
  5. Those who revile her directly in her images

Our Lady told Sr Lucia how these wound her: “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. “Our Lady also makes a great promise to those who console her: “Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the … mysteries of the Rosary. “At Fatima she also promised peace in the world and that many souls would be saved if we do the First Saturdays. The late Fr Seraphim used to tell this story.A priest in Japan was approached one day by an Ambassador. The ambassador asked him if he was a Catholic Priest. After he confirmed this, the Ambassador said: “You Catholics are responsible for the wars in the world.” The priest was shocked and asked: “how do you mean?” The Ambassador said: “I’ve read about the Lady coming to Fatima, and she told you Catholics what to do to bring peace to the world, and you haven’t listened to her. She came to you Catholics. Not to Buddhists. Not to Hindus. She came to you, and it is your responsibility.” So dear friends, let’s do as Our Blessed Mother asks, and save souls, bring about peace, and enjoy her assistance at the hour of your death.

Join us at 8pm tonight on Zoom for the Rosary and 15 minute meditation, and then you have to go to Mass and Confession within 8 days. All has to be done with the intention of making reparation for the offenses against Our Lady. Or join Fr Gerry at 9.15am live from Ardglass, Co Down. The links are below.

Ave Maria!
God bless you,
Fr Marius

Zoom link for 8pm tonight: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83228285884…The link for Fr Gerry McCluskey from 9.15am is: https://www.churchservices.tv/ardglass

09/03/2021 – Pope St Gregory the Great

09/03/2021 – Pope St Gregory the Great

Dia dhuit,

There are only three Popes who have the title of “great,” although many think St John Paul II will make it four. One of those three is St Gregory the Great (died 604 AD) and we honour him today. He was born into an aristocratic family in Rome, and he became the Prefect of the City. He loved the faith however and founded monasteries in Rome and also Sicily (a few there). He eventually became a monk himself, and became the first monk to become Pope.He referred to himself as “servant of the servants of God. “How beautiful! That tells you a lot about him. St Paul speaks to us in our First Reading today and he says that: “Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God.” This is wonderful to think about.If we therefore want to know what God is like we can think about Jesus, and what He has revealed about Himself. For instance, remember when Jesus refers to Himself as “gentle and humble of heart,” we can apply that to God.Our God is gentle and humble of heart. Wow! Do people realise that? Isn’t this why Jesus asked St Faustina to reveal to the world His great love and unfathomable mercy. This too is our mission dear friends, as Mother Teresa used to say, to show the world the love of God.

God bless you,
Fr Marius

Today’s readings are available at: https://www.catholicireland.net/readings/

09/02/2021 – Bl. Andre Grasset

09/02/2021 – Bl. Andre Grasset

Dia dhuit,

Blessed Andre Grasset is honoured today. He was born in Montreal, Canada, but moved with his family to France. He became a priest and then a canon, at a very turbulent time – the French Revolution was beginning. He was executed in the massacre of the Hotel Des Carmes on 2nd Sept., 1792, along with c.200 other religious and lay people.St Paul tells the Colossians today that he has never failed to pray for them so that they should reach the fullest knowledge of God’s will. This he explains will help them to be able to lead the kind of life which the LORD expects of them. This is a lovely prayer we can make for others and ourselves too.God’s will is all that really matters dear friends – it is the way of peace, and joy in this life, and the way that leads to Heaven. Jesus asks St Peter to put out into the deep in our Gospel today. The Holy Spirit often asks us this, each day, but our own will and desires are very strong indeed.Sometimes what God is asking of us is not on our agenda at all, and the thought frightens and displeases us. But…He knows what’s best for us. Through the intercession of Blessed Andre Grasset, I pray that I and you can trust in His will, put out into the deep, in our daily lives…… and reap the benefits.

God bless you,

Fr Marius

P.S. Our Lady promises us that if we make the communal First Saturdays there will be peace and many souls will be saved. It’s something we really need to get going in Ireland! Remember, that if you make the FIVE first Saturdays Our Lady promises to assist you at the hour of your death. What a great deal! Why not join us on Saturday as we begin the 5 First Saturdays on Zoom? “Rosary on the Coast” and “The Fellowship of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary” have come together to organise this and it will begin at 8pm Irish time. We will finish on January 1st. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83228285884…If you are more of a morning person then you can join Fr Gerry McCluskey on Saturday who will celebrate the First Saturday from 9.15am. Here is the link: https://www.churchservices.tv/ardglass