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Old 20th June 2006, 11:58 AM
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Hi everyone
today is the feastdayof the Irish Martyrs. These are a group of men and women who suffered under the Penal law which were anti catholic laws imposed on Ireland between 1695 and the mid 1800's. They paid the ultimate price to hold on to the Catholic Faith as did many others who's names alone are known in heaven.
One of these martyrs was a priest called Maurice Enright. He was a grocers son who became a priest and preached throughout the provience of Munster. When the Earl of Desmond raised an army to defend the faith and country he travelled with the soldiers and ministered to them. All priests were ordered to leave the country or recant under these laws so he was always at risk. He was betrayed and imprisoned and was held for at least a year in a cell in the town of Clonmel. A local Catholic who was of good standing paid the gaolers to let him out of prison for a night. This man had arranged for a Mass to be said by him the following morning. Attending Mass of course was illegal. Fr Maurice stayed up all night hearing confessions in preparation for the Mass. The gaoler not satisfied with the money he had received informed the Garrison Commander that he would be able to arrest everyone if he went to the house at dawn. Of course it would have resulted in the death penalty for Fr Maurice. The soldiers burst into the house at dawn and seized the owner and his friends and the chalices etc. were all taken. Fr Maurice hid under straw in the back yard and managed to escape. He was on the run for some months. the authorities then threathned to execute the man who had arranged everything and confiscate all his property if he did not hand over Fr Maurice. This man was prepared to accept this but Fr Maurice heard about this and immediately came back and handed himself up. He was held in prison for some further months where he was tortured and every blandishment was offered to him to say that The Queen was head of the Church. Finally when this did not work he was dragged through the streets tied to a horse and hanged from the gallows. He was not yet dead when he was taken down and beheaded. his head was put on a spike and the local people collected a sum of money to ransome his body for burial.

Its important to realise we have the faith because someone was prepared to pay the cost. There is a cost for everything and we too must be prepared to pay the cost of following Christ. As they say 'we can see so far because we stand on the shoulders of giants'

God Bless
Mary
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Old 20th June 2006, 04:14 PM
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Great story, well future generations will pay for the Queens idiotic folly for leaving the true Church. Now, in the jolly old UK children are not allowed to wear a chastity ring with an inner biblical inscription, but the Sikhs can wear the bangle and the Muslims can wear their headscarves. So the purity ring is taboo, the UK is now a politically correct socialistic mess. Would it not be nice to have one Holy Catholic country in the world that would follow Church principles.
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Old 20th June 2006, 08:48 PM
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The Parish Priest mentioned at mass tonight that one of the martyr's was Conor Devine,a former Bishop of this diocese, which I didn't know before. Here's an icon to them.
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Old 20th June 2006, 08:48 PM
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The Parish Priest mentioned at mass tonight that one of the martyr's was Conor Devine,a former Bishop of this diocese, which I didn't know before.
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Old 21st June 2006, 02:06 PM
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I want to clarify that my story is not add to any further to the divisions between Ireland and U.K.
Padraig your story demonstrates the need for healing and forgiveness between peoples.We must avoid takin on victim status. We all have fallen human nature and there are good people on both sides as well as those influenced by the power of darkness. I think this need to acknowledge our common humanity was clearly seen when Pope Benedict visited Concentration Camps in Poland as a son of Germany.
We all need to forgive and to be forgiven.
Mary
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Old 21st June 2006, 10:33 PM
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Of course. You have great wisdom, Mary Sheehan
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