Comments The blessed St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, celebrated globally on March Flickr An Irish hymn as Gaelige, for St. Some things you never forget.
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Since we are travellers and pilgrims in the world, let us ever ponder on the end of the road, that is of our life, for the end of our roadway is our home St Columban, 8th sermon. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.
His father came through the medical procedure successfully, thank God. Perhaps the greatest is the Twelve Apostles. The Columbans, along with all other Christian missionaries, were eventually driven out of China after but have a presence there again, in a different way.
And a year ago, as I wrote for last Sunday, the first two Chinese students came to Manila to prepare to be Columban missionary priests.
Another small beginning in the service of the mission that Jesus gave to the Church. He will be the first Chinese Columban priest. Another small beginning in faith, a faith nourished, at least in part, by the Eucharistic Congress ten years earlier in their native Dublin. Without that beginning I would not be here.
When we last met she was single. Today I met her husband and seven children, the youngest born last month. She and her husband have both lost their mothers in the last couple of months. Her husband will be going into hospital on Saturday for a procedure on one of his kidneys.
The house they were living in before was burned down and they are now in a very small temporary house from which they will have to move soon. I once met a young woman from Japan in Manila. She was moving towards the Catholic faith and the seed was being nourished in the predominantly Catholic Philippines. But the seed of her faith came to fruition in Thailand where she was baptised during an Easter Vigil. Thailand, like Japan, is a country where only about one person in two hundred is a Catholic.
This hymn in the Irish language is often sung at weddings and at funerals. To Christ the sea, to Christ the fish, in nets of Christ may we be caught. From growth to age, from age to death, Thy two arms here, O Christ, about us. From death to end, not end but growth, in blessed Paradise may we be.
Ag Críost an Síol
“Ag Críost an Síol” a St. Patrick’s Day song to remember
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