We are glad to announce that we’ve installed webcam so that anyone who links up with our site will be able to enjoy a spiritual presence at the Eucharist next Sunday (Palm Sunday) at 11am.
You are also invited to join us on line through webcam on Friday 3 April at 10 am for prayers for guidance, strength and hope at this critical time in our country’s history. (In keeping with the guidelines of the HSE and the archdiocese) the church is not open for people to congregate at either of these two ceremonies At the Mass and the prayer session, we will give thanks to the health care workers and all on the front line who are a shining example of self-sacrifice and commitment to our well-being.
With God’s blessing, William King, Adm. Rathmines Parish
Thought for the week
Times Like These
Fear not I am with you: Isaiah 40: 10
‘Times like these try men’s (and women’s) souls’ declared Thomas Paine, an inspiriting figure in America’s declaration of Independence from Britain. In our country, when the spectre of pestilence is stalking the land, our souls are being tried or tested and most of our people are passing that test that – try – with flying colours. This applies from An Taoiseach down; like a good doctor, he doesn’t deceive the patient and yet offers hope, if the patient follows the best advice.
That grace under pressure may be a template for us all: to act responsibly and not lose hope. Two young women with coffee-on-the-go stand beneath my window on the Rathmines Road. They chat, but make sure they are the required two metres apart. Maybe the true concept of village will return when all this is over.
As we watch our televisions each night and see the rising numbers of confirmed cases, we could easily panic or fall into despair – these are human reactions. But let us instead, while being aware of the threat, salute the courage and generosity of the many people – thousands – who rallied to the cause and came home to treat the sick. God is present in that brave act of sacrifice.
We will learn much from this pandemic. We will learn that we, far from being invincible, are fragile creatures. We will learn intimations of our mortality and from these lessons may we learn to put aside those arguments and resentments that eat into our souls and do no good to anyone.
We will learn also to appreciate God-given moments: simple yet profound – Dingle Bay at sunset, St Stephen’s Green on a bright spring morning – coffee and shooting the breeze with a friend in Bewley’s. And proud of our people. As our great poet, WB. Yeats puts it: …
that we in the coming days/
May still be the indomitable Irishry.