4th August – St John Vianney

The event of the day was attending the Requiem Mass of Fr Paul Gallagher who died after a fr paul gbattle with cancer, aged 54. He used to pop into the presbytery for a coffee when passing by and I visited him a few times whilst in the Letterkenny hospice. He was a wonderful priest.

His friend Fr Denis Quinn in the homily said that there were 3 pillars to his life.

Firstly there was Eucharist – daily Mass and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This was the foundation of his pastoral zeal and sense of mission in all his assignments. Ultimately the missionary drive of the Eucharist is to live the words of Jesus in the Consecration: THIS IS MY BODY GIVEN FOR YOU – DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

Secondly there was his love for Mary and particularly his affinity for Our Lady Queen of Peace, Medjugorje. Like what happened at Cana, she brings us and our concerns to Jesus. He was an avid promoter of the Rosary with which he filled much of his free time as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The latter was prayed at the end of the Mass.

Thirdly there was the support of his family during the course of his illness and particularly the last few difficult days.

Fr Paul was also a fervent promoter of Confession. Twice Fr Denis referred to it as INDIVIDUAL Confession/Absolution to gently distinguish it from GENERAL Absolution which is invalid for the forgiveness of serious sin in most instances.

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During breakfast, I read the following articles from the Catholic Herald website:

Pope Francis: It’s ‘terrible’ that children are taught they can choose gender: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/pope-francis-its-terrible-children-taught-they-can-choose-gender/

The Church must give women a bigger role, but ordaining them as deacons isn’t the answer:http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/08/03/the-church-must-give-women-a-bigger-role-but-ordaining-them-as-deacons-isnt-the-answer/

 

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