Thought on Sunday

“AH, YOU POOR THING!”

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 19th November 2017          Last May when I fell and fractured my elbow, I was surprised how many people said things like “Ah poor thing!” or “You poor thing!” I wasn’t used to be called a ‘thing’ and yet, it was strangely comforting....

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Grief is the price we pay for love

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 12th November 2017           Jack Dominian was a psychiatrist and Catholic theologian and founder of One Plus One, an organisation dedicated to understanding relationship breakdown. His wife of fifty years died in July 2005 and he himself died in August 2014. When she...

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God’s Beauty and Patience

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 5th November 2017      I discovered Leon Bloy a very long time ago when I was a student. I had a card on my desk with his words “Everything that happens is something to be adored.” I know that sounds extravagant, but God can and...

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We Are All Disabled In Some Way

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 29th October 2017      I wrote about Jean Vanier recently. He established homes for handicapped people and there are now 143 L’Arche communities all over the world where ‘normal’ people live with and assist those with disabilities. But Vanier never wanted to make a distinction...

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Fr. SALVIAN MAGUIRE, C.P. 1925-2017

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 22nd October 2017      Some old people seem as if they were always old – you just can’t imagine them ever being young, whereas with others it’s the opposite. You can see the young man or woman in the old. And that was certainly true...

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Fr. Julian Black CP – 1936-2017

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 15th October 2017      Fr. Julian died last Sunday in Botswana after many years of patient suffering. He was born and reared in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim and his family there have been praying that at last he would be freed from suffering and pain. Yet...

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Each of us needs more love than we deserve

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 8th October 2017      A question for you. Do you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with this statement: “Each of us needs more love than we deserve.”? I came across it in a book called “The God who won’t let go” by Peter van Bremen....

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Light in Troubled Times

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 1st October 2017        Read this statement and see whether you agree with it or not: “The world is passing through troubled times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are...

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We Worship A Suffering God

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 24th September 2017        In 1964, a tall, handsome, ex-naval officer, Jean Vanier, was invited to the village of Trosley, 40 miles north of Paris. He was invited there to visit an asylum for men with mental handicaps. “It was a horrific place” he...

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Heroic Witness of Chiara Petrillo

From the desk of Fr. Ignatius Waters, cp Sunday, 17th September 2017        Chiara and Enrico with Franciscan priest on their wedding day   (I wrote the following account in September 2012 so I am very happy to bring it up-to-date by adding that Chiara’s cause for Canonisation was introduced in June of...

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