Posts made in April, 2011

Pastoral Letter on the Environment

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The whole of creation is groaning…” My dear priests and people, Some years ago a young woman named Sheila Harkin, who was blind from birth, received her sight through a new medical technique.  After surgery, she looked out at the world for the first time.  In an interview shortly afterwards she had this to say: I never thought the world was so beautiful.  I often meet people and say, “Did you see the beautiful sunset last evening?”  They say they never noticed.  They take it for granted I suppose.  But I just love the colours of the flowers, the trees, the grass.  Everything is so different from what I had imagined it.  I don’t want to...

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Homily at Re-opening Ceremony of the Cathedral of the Assumption

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5th  October 2003 “I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” This text you can see on the front of the chancel.  I hope your Latin has not gone too rusty!  “Domine dilexi decorum domus tuae et locum habitationis gloriae tuae”.  This comes from Psalm 26.  If you can recall the Mass in Latin you will remember that it was recited by the priest as he washed his hands before the Preface and Canon.  “Lavabo inter innocentes manus meas”, “I will wash my hands among the innocent”. The psalmist seems to be a pilgrim who has been falsely accused by his enemies.  He seeks refuge in the Temple in Jerusalem and pours...

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CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION, THURLES

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A Short History by Rev Christy O’Dwyer. The success or otherwise of any cathedral, church or other renovation is rightly judged by its fidelity to its original design and significant features.  On this score the present renovation of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles comfortably passes the test.  Both internally and externally the recent substantial renovation works have succeeded in highlighting and enhancing the beauty of this most impressive Romanesque building which owes its existence primarily to the vision and energetic efforts of Dr Patrick Leahy, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly from 1857 until 1875. RELIGIOUS SITE: The Cathedral of the Assumption...

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Archbishop’s piece for the Cathedral Re-opening Booklet

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God save all here! A phobail Dé, idir chléir is tuath, cuirim fíor chaoin fáilte róimh go dtí Ardeaglais Deastógala na Maighdine Beannaithe inniu.  Is mór dom is agam sibh go léir bheith farainn ar an ócaid stairúil seo, athoscailt na h-Ardeaglaise tar éis a h-athnuacha.  Mar is ceart agus is cóir  tá daoine anseo ó gach parósite den Arddeoise agus níos faide ó bhaile. The most famous of all monumental inscriptions is that over the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He had been the architect of St. Paul’s during the thirty-five years of its construction.  He was buried there twelve years later.  His son placed...

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Message of Thanks to the Clergy , Religious and Faithful of Cashel & Emly

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It was on St. Stephen’s Day, while we were still celebrating Christmas, that the alarming news reached us from South East Asia.  An earthquake in the Indian ocean, measuring over 9 on the Richter scale, had generated a gigantic tidal wave which had wreaked havoc on the shorelines of a dozen countries.  A new word, tsunami, came into common use.  The initial fatalities were estimated at fifty thousand.  As the days followed, the full magnitude of this catastrophe began to get sink in.  The numbers of the dead could go to a hundred or even two hundred thousand, if a full account can ever be made. People were numbed at the enormity of what had taken place.  The...

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