We pray in heartfelt solidarity with the people of Nice.
We pray for those who died, those who are injured, the traumatised and all their families.
We pray that though we are deeply disconcerted by such acts of merciless violence – no matter how near or how distant from us – we may not give in to discouragement, but fix our hearts on always doing what is right and just.
We pray for civic authorities everywhere, especially those involved in peace-keeping.
May we work together with all women and men of good will to protect the dignity of every human being.
“People all around the world are shocked with the news of the terrible loss of life at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
I have asked that in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the coming weekend that those who died or who remain injured and all those who mourn and grieve be remembered. Books of condolence are open at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin for those who wish to express their grief and outrage.
People all over the world are shocked. How do we explain that our modern society can somehow be held to ransom in successive gun attacks by individuals or small groups filed with hatred? It could happen again and it could happen anywhere. This time, the victims were members of the LGBT community; in other cases the victims were from the media or simply innocent by standers. Fingers and blame are unfoundedly often hastily pointed at the entire honest Islamic community.
Any culture which gives notoriety to violence only encourages the deranged or the simply evil to attempt to repeat such actions. As followers of Jesus Christ, Christians should work more and more to purify ourselves from all prejudice, to be in the forefront in dialogue and reconciliation and have the resolution to courageously confront those who anywhere foster violence.”
Grant me the grace to look with respect upon all I will meet this day and upon every event I encounter.
Mindful that I am a pilgrim, may I treat each and every one with reverence and love, as a manifestation of you to whom I journey. May the work of my hands be part of the redemption of the world and its eternal springtime liberation.
by Edward Hays from “Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual” Fr Edward M. Hays, the author of more than thirty books on contemporary spirituality, died on April 3rd, 2016. He served as a chaplain of the state penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, parish priest, and spiritual director. Hays spent extended periods of pilgrimage in the Near East, the Holy Land, and India and was a prolific writer and painter.
The Oblate Gospel Choir are always open to new members, singers and musicians. The choir rehearse Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 in Arus Mhuire Hall and sing once a month (usually the last Saturday of the month) at the 7pm Saturday evening Mass.