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Holy Awakenings

holy-waterYou have heard it before the phrase ”Rude Awakenings” but the other morning I experienced somewhat of a Holy Awakening.

It was somewhere between 5am-6am on Good Friday morning. It’s my day off work so I’m looking forward to having a nice sleep in. Well…Jesus had other plans to start my day.

I awoke to a wet finger touching my face and poking me on the cheek. My eyes slowly open and I hear the mutterings of words ”Bless you, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Again the blurry figure no higher than a dwarf says it ”I bless you, in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit.

As my eyes adjust and regain focus I notice it is my just turned 4 year old son who for the third time pokes and splashes me on my face saying ”I bless you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

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I look at the bottle of Holy water he is using and it is from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St.Irene in athens. I had filled it here over 4 years ago from their well in the ground.

A part of me wasn’t happy because I said to him that’s dirty and has gathered loads of green inside of it since filling it. But when I looked again the whole bottle was chrystal clear because I had forgotten I had filled two bottles. One was remained clear whilst the other one went green and funky for some reason.

I was wondering how he knew it was Holy water because we never really used it at all if ever opened it. He’s the first to open it as it just sat at the back of the dresser gathering dust.

What was the Holy Spirit saying to me? I would like to think of the scriptural passage:

And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Matthew:26:40

Jesus often comes to us in supernatural ways to speak to us directly or give us a supernatural experience with the intention to cement us into life with him for whatever reason. St.Paul needed it and some of us just need it.

However my favourite way in which God talks to us is through the actions of a little child. I may be sitting on the couch and my son will approach me with a rosary or Jesus prayer rope and hand it to me. He doesn’t realize why he’s handing it to me but I know why.

I love it when God approaches me through my wife and offers me encouragement. I love it when Jesus gets up from his seat on the bus and asks me to sit down. Or we may be in a large queue like I was the other day waiting in the windy, irish cold and rain to gain access to the ATM and he approaches me for help as an old man on crutches really drunk and asks me ”Can I skip the queue son?” and I let him skip it and get his money out. I watch Jesus drop his cards and I pick them up for him and he goes to put his money in the bank and is taking forever because he’s too old to use it. He’s putting all my training to the test and seeing just how patient I am.

Most of all, I love it when Jesus approaches me through my wife and sons. The reason I like it is because a little part of me knows I must be doing something right if my sons can read the bible and are praying over their father at such ripe ages of 4 and 6.

I think of all the parents who justify giving their children mobile phones and laptops because they never had those things growing up. Then I look at my own son kiss the tomb of Christ and receive Him today on Holy Saturday with such reverence and I see me giving my children something I never had when growing up. I’m shedding tears now just writing this, tears of joy? I would like to think so.

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Archbishop Eamonn Martin Will Not Refuse Pro Abort Politicians Holy Communion

His Grace Archbishop Eamonn Martin has indicated recently in a BBC radio ulster interview that he will not be refusing Pro Abort politicians Holy Communion.

These statements of His Grace are in huge contrast to that of Cardinal Ratzinger ( Pope Benedict XVI )Cardinal bergoglio ( now Pope Francis ) and Cardinal Raymond Burke all of whom reiterated the churches stance on not administering Holy Communion to Pro Abort Politicians.

I am currently and have for most of my life resided in the diocese of Armagh. I can tell you that Archbishop Eamonn Martins comments don’t come as a surprise since I met with most priests and theologians in this diocese and the place is simply teaming with a bad theology that America has long since fought and gotten over by now. But these priests and theologians are still clinging to their 1980s heretical anti-Catholic doctrines.

One theologian I met during a lecture for a theology course had a private meeting with me. The private meeting was over a theology program designed for lay people and payed for by their local diocese. The lecturer spouted heresy after heresy in the classroom and when I asked whether or not her interpretation of scripture was the view of the magisterium, She got angry and called me a fundamentalist. So I brought my complaint to this theologian in the diocese who is head of its educational department.

When he was incapable of responding to my arguments he took a desperate leap and said ” I have studied at the pontifical academy of Rome, I should know these things, I have been breathing theology since the 60s”. I didn’t say this but the thought “and Saint Peter was a fisherman” did spring to mind and when he said ” I have been called by God for this” the scripture verse “many are called but few are chosen” sprang to mind also.

I decided to dig a little deeper and question him on very simple dogmas of the faith like his thoughts on women priests. ” Yes women can be priests, of course they can”. It was at this point I became frightened and I stood up and left. He followed me and was not about to give up and when I broke my silence to tell him that Pope John Paul II spoke against this and reiterated this teaching on the ban of women priests not long ago, he began to criticise Pope John Paul II and a few more polite but firm words were exchanged and that was that. I walked away from ever studying Catholic theology in an academic setting again under Mater Dei College.

The very next morning I had a look on my blog stats to see someone had googled my name “Stephen Mc Elligott, theology” and the source from where it was googled was …..the Irish college Mater Dei. I wouldn’t mind, I am not a theologian, my knowledge is limited on even the most basic stuff but I know my ABC’s of the faith and there are many Clergy, lay theologians and lay people rejecting the very basics of the faith and teaching others to do the same.

My whole point is that this theologian is perhaps the very man whispering in the ears of Irish clergy and most notably in the Armagh Diocese. I can’t point fingers and they are assumptions but I can’t help but not assume this. We have a dissident group trying to create a church within a church. Do I make any sense with that last statement?

Taking into account the huge contrast between what The Popes say and Archbishop Eamonn Martin says on politicians receiving Holy Communion, it really presents a very confusing image of the faith to all. How can Bishops ever expect people of all creeds to take the faith seriously, when they themselves obviously do not? How can they think that by this very rebellion and distortion of Church teaching that they are sowing the seeds of evangelisation? Because that’s what they think. They all think they are being clever in gathering in the sheep by these statements when they are in fact scattering. They are sowing the seed of more rebellion towards the magisterium amongst the faithful.

It is a tactic employed by the dissident theologians and wavering clergy to put more pressure on the Vatican, to set them on edge so that they will somehow break that 2000 year old dogma and moral discipline to conform to their warped theology. But there is good news, and that good news is that Jesus came to tell us in scripture that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. And that’s what’s happening to poor Ireland. We are still suffering abuse and by our very own. Jesus is still being Crucified by his very own who think they are doing him a service. Careerists who care more about the pat on the back as opposed to leading the faithful have a stronghold in Ireland, but whilst evil is having its day, God will have His.

I am not accusing Archbishop Martin of being any one of these, but I think that he really needs to ask himself the question of whether or not he is listening to bad advise from local theologians either lay or clerical. I will pray for him and invite you to pray for him also because without prayers for our clergy they will fall victim to the devil whose snaky whispers in the ear haven’t stopped since he first whispered in the ear of Eve.

God Bless,

Domestic Monk

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Beginners at the Rosary let us all have a talk!

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I still consider myself to be a beginner at the rosary and in the beginning I had all the time to pray as many rosaries as I wanted in silence and without much distraction. Now that I am married I find that I rarely even pray it once a week and when I do it always seems to be in my bed at night. I keep making promises to myself that we can all pray it as a family when the kids are older, its just too difficult to do that now when they are young and running wild. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses but my weakness happens to be actually praying the rosary in a group. I am aware that praying in the a group strengthens the prayer but I can’t find any peace in it. I much prefer to pray it on my own in silence. I will ( to please Our Lady ) pray it in a Group setting if I really must but I don’t enjoy it.

So how to pray the Rosary? I guess after listening to just how bad I am at it you probably would rather hear someone else explain it right?

When I started the Rosary I hadn’t prayed it since I was eight years old. So when my dad sent me a rosary from Medjugorje through the mail in an envelope I thought I would give it a go. My life was mainly spent as a non practicing Christian so I thought perhaps the rosary will help. I had however forgotten how to pray the Rosary and all the prayers in between. I even forgot to pray the Creed at the beginning. So I. Simply prayed on the large beads one our father and ten Hail Marys and left out all the rest ( I wasn’t even aware there was anything else to it ). Even so, having learned how to pray it in full later, I felt this simple way of praying it kind of weaned me on to it gently.

This is how I feel we should approach prayer today albeit rosary or Jesus prayer, that is, with baby steps and in a gentle and patient manner. I found myself praying it all the time and everywhere. I often went into the nearby woods to sit and pray it there because I found silence there.

When I came home to Ireland from Scotland I would pray it at night in my bed to avoid the business of downstairs and all the commotion. I tried to integrate myself into Rosary groups but I guess I had become so accustomed to praying it by myself that I would often not attend these groups unless invited or it was mandatory like on a pilgrimage in Medjugorje or in a tlig prayer group ( http://www.tlig.org ). Also many groups without a structure…. they always are adding prayers and detracting all the time and you never know where you are and I upset myself over it and find it irritable.

So anyway, my prayer of the rosary seemed to sadly fade away when I got married. This is to be expected. The marital vocation makes many demands and for me I just can’t pray it in this situation where I get through half a decade and someone needs my attention such as my Wife or kids. So I have left the rosary for now and only pray it on occasion. I will when the kids get older, begin a structural group in the home. But for now I find that if I pray the rosary and I am irritated because I can’t start or even finish it properly I will grow to dislike it even more.

If you are beginning the Rosary I would invite you to simply recite just the Creed, one Our Father, three Hail Marys, one Gloria, One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, when your finished the ten Hail Marys pray one Gloria before moving on to the next our father and ten Hail Marys. Leave out everything else. And after about 3 months of doing this move on to learning it all in full. Even to this day I don’t pray it exactly in full. I simply pray it the tlig way and keep it simples. You can learn how to pray the rosary here : http://www.tlig.org and this is the way I pray it.

What kind of Rosary you should buy:

I would avoid diamond rosaries and emerald stone ones or ones made from the thousand year old tree and considered an “antique”. I remember being in New York and in St.Patricks Cathedral shop there was a rosary there for $200. I find the focus on the material of the rosary greatly diminishes the prayer itself. By all means get the simple rosaries made just out of simple wooden beads, or even cheaper material like plastic and thread. Doing this will help us understand that although the Rosary is a blessed sacramental, it nevertheless is just a guide to help us keep track or count of what we are doing.

Whisper it:

St.Gregory of Sinai advises us to whisper our prayers. Whispering has he said the calming effect on the soul and it calms the soul down. Beginners should always whisper their prayers. I whisper still to this day.

Pray just one decade a day:

If you find yourself really hard done by because of the length of the Rosary and you are not really ready to commit your 20 minutes to it just yet, then be gentle on yourself. Just pray the creed, one our father, three hails Marys, one Gloria, one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and then leave it at that. D this every day for a Month, then increase it to two decades for a month and so on and so forth.

I hope you found my post helpful. How do you pray your rosary? Have you any advice for me?

God bless
Domestic Monk

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Magdalene survivors call Catholics to boycott Mass

Magdalene survivors have called on Catholics to boycott Mass in Ireland this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:

1) should you follow through this so called boycott, missing Mass on the sabbath is a mortal sin and would render us unfit for reception of Holy Communion until we had been to confession.

2) This immature request of the magdalene survivors made to Catholics reflects the true nature of their agenda, which is ultimately an anti-Catholic one that seeks to somehow evangelise Catholics away from their faith and damage Catholicism on this island. Ultimately your being asked to stand with them and not with Jesus.

3) There are more adult ways to discuss the magdalene case than this very childish request of boycotting the Sacrifice of the Mass. Those of us who have a relationship with Jesus and not the world will pay no heed to such a request.

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