23rd June

Next week the TD Mick Wallace will introduce in Dail Eireann a private member’s bill that would remove the right to life of unborn babies with life-limiting conditions. To send an e-card to your constituency TDs, visit this link: http://prolifecampaign.ie/main/action-alert-dail-to-vote-on-mick-wallace-abortion-bill-send-a-ready-to-go-e-card-to-your-local-tds/

The following spirituality article is from a recent SOLT (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy SOLTTrinity] Newsletter. It was written by lay member Blair Burton; of particular interest is his method of praying the rosary and seeking grace in its individual mysteries.

Without question, the glories of my life here in Colorado are manifested in Hope, that theological virtue that too often is confused with mere wishful thinking.

Reflecting upon the graces for which I am accustomed to ask in the Glorious Mysteries [of the Rosary] —the love of God and fervour in His service [Resurrection]; an ardent desire for heaven [Ascension]; that the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit will become present and active in our hearts and souls [Coming of the Holy Spirit]; for a tender and true devotion to our Lady [Assumption]; and for perseverance in grace [Coronation] — I perceive them taking root in my soul. Thus I wait expectantly for them to sprout and bear fruit, in the Lord’s time.

To this end, I have noticed a deepening desire to love with Christ’s heart, to see as He sees — with patience and kindness — and to look beyond appearances. I ask St. Therèse for the gift she herself had received, that of rejoicing each day to discover new difficulties within myself, that the power and glory of God may be all the more evident. When I am tempted by prideful discouragement over my weaknesses and failings, I find hope in our Lord’s teaching that the disciple becomes like his master. So I find the strength to do in my own life that which (I admit) I used to take inordinate glee in telling the novices when guiding them through their projects in my workshop: “Melt it down, and start over.”

“The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)