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Brendan Walsh
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Alien Space Craft?

Just off the coast of my county Kerry, Ireland a report came in from two Airline Pilots that they saw very bright lights moving at speed through the sky. The Pilots one from British Airways and one from Virgin Airlines inquired with Shannon Airport wondering if there were other aircraft in the vicinity. shannon said no.

Several years before this, several people from my town in Kerry reported that there was a strange looking craft hovering over the town hall in Tralee.

Later in the week during a town council meeting, one councillor stood up to comment on the 'alien craft'. he said;

"Well, if it were the plans we have for the town they were after, we have set them back at least two hundred years" LOL
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This promises to be a very blessed day. This ministry is the beginning of a response to Pope Francis I 'The Joy of The Gospel'. which I recommend for all to read. The Holy Spirit is challenging us to respond in a more mature yet powerful way to the Gospel in our personal, family and community life. Such a response inevitably leads us to the realisation that 'mission' is the goal of all those baptised in Jesus Christ. We may be less in number, however, it is quality, not quantity who move in a deeper understanding of our​ Christian faith that will be most effective in this time of 'New Evangelisation'.
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•Irish Conscience Formed By God or Culture

Brendan Walsh B.Th

If you take the time to look up the word conscience' in the English dictionary, it describes 'conscience' as 'knowing right from wrong.' What it tells us is that every person has what the dictionary refers to it as 'that small inner voice.

Catholic teaching describes the function of conscience as being 'a
judgment of reason whereby the human person recognises the moral quality of a concrete act that he/she is going to perform is in the process of implementing or has already completed'.

So what is shared between all human persons is 'conscience.' the ability to know right from wrong as well as the ability to judge the moral quality of our actions.

Sounds good so far, on the other hand when we look at something like the recent 'repeal referendum here in Ireland everybody knew it was going to lead to 'abortion' 'conscience' was appealed to time and time again by those voting 'yes' and also by those voting 'no'.

HOW DO PEOPLE FORM THEIR CONSCIENCE:

Having already established that 'conscience' is common to all human persons, that is the ability to know right from wrong when judging a moral action. How is it possible that an intrinsically evil act, ( always wrong) such as abortion, could be determined by peoples conscience not to be either evil or wrong?

THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE:

In a nutshell, culture is a shared pattern of behaviours and interactions, as well as understanding that are learned by socialisation. It is seen, in the growth of group identity fostered by social patterns unique to the group.

Evidence shows that the culture that dominates in Ireland reflects a more liberal notion, that tolerance, autonomy, human rights, relativism is the measure by which 'conscience' is determined. A consequence of 'conscience' influenced and formed by culture is that group identity motivates its judgement.

For instance, modern human cultural norms, are influenced by false notions of freedom or rights. Human rights are appealing to every civilised person, including Christians. However, human rights without moral limitations, begin to go out of control when false compassion concerning ethical boundaries becomes destructive to the common good. For instance, 'gender identity' that denies biological science in favour of rights.

The most severe consequence of a conscience formed by culture is the notion that abortion is a human right based on freedom of choice arising from a false understanding of compassion. When conscience is formed and informed by culture, it makes a puppet of those whose attitudes are shaped by it

CONSCIENCE FORMED BY GOD:

God's law is full of compassion, it declares what is morally right and wrong and touches it with a sense of compassion by limiting actions that lead us to evil as well as destruction.

A knowledge of God's law does not just form the Christian conscience, it enhances the dignity of human life and assures justice, mercy as well as Christlike compassion by protecting the common good. It the Christian conscience based on God's laws that bought civilisation in a barbaric world.

SUMMARY:

Statistics tell us that 78% of Irish people declared themselves in a recent survey as being Catholic. Considering that all Irish Catholics have always understood the repeal of the 8th amendment would lead to abortion. A great many of the 64% in favour of 'repeal' were Catholic.

What does this tell us about Irish Catholic understanding of Catholic 'conscience.'? The truth is that Catholics in Ireland have indicated through this recent referendum that their conscience is more formed by culture than by the law of God. Humble repentance is not just a request it is a requirement of God. God is merciful to sincere repentance.
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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

Brendan Walsh B.Th

THE BARGAIN:
I am sure there are a lot of people who did not really practice their Catholic faith but who suddenly before exams would decide to hedge their bets by including a heartfelt reverential appeal to God for assistance, no doubt with a promise of greater devotion should things go well. Lol

To ask what we want from life is a natural thing. Whatever conclusion we come to for the vast majority it will include security, health, well being and more. How we go about achieving our goals depends on ourselves, so we must think carefully and constantly examine ways in which we keep our focus.

MAKING IMPORTANT LIFE DECISIONS:
What I have discovered over several years in Catholic Ministry is that what occurs in our temporal life is often connected to how we live our spiritual life. For example; the gifts we receive at Confirmation. When we read them as they are stated; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord we tend to see them as applying only to our spiritual life. We fail to associate them with equipping us to cope with important decisions that affect our lives in the world we are living in.

Who does not need wisdom, or understanding, counsel, who does not need to be patient, or have knowledge? All these gifts have a practical application as we face the journey of life. They are all meant to give us a head start on reaching our goals.

Of course, none of these gifts has the same power in helping us make the right moves and decisions in our life without paying attention to the gift of piety ( devotion) and who must that devotion relate to, of course to God which brings me to the last gift, 'fear of the Lord' which means 'reverence for God'.
These seven gifts are given by the Holy Spirit are to be used practically to finds ways to make good decisions and moves as we plan and live our lives as people of God. They give the Christian advantages as well as opportunities. They protect us from making really bad decisions that can have adverse effects on our lives.

CONFUSION:
When as Catholics we fail to understand the meaning and purpose as well as the practical application of the seven gifts, we tend to make plans as well as decisions without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Those decisions may work out fine in life, on the other hand, how many people would change their lives, their jobs, where they live. All human beings can work out what they want in life. Not all can discover what is the best for their life.

When we find ourselves discontent, unhappy, depressed, dissatisfied, with our jobs, our achievements, our decisions, we tend to turn to other means than God to find direction. People will look toward, meditations, or other therapies, they will turn to sport, hobbies of all kinds, holidays, the latest car or for the more unfortunate, drugs, sex, drink. All to fill a gap that they do not even know is there.

SUMMARY::
I began this little article by stating that the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit not only keep us close to the Holy Spirit for clarity, they also help us to make correct practical decisions as we go through life. When we understand this, then we are unlikely to find ourselves later in life in a state of unhappiness or confusion or regret.
What is even more revealing about these seven gifts is that they show that God is concerned about every detail of our lives. If we find this to be a revelation, then we must realise the need to grown in the understanding of our Catholic beliefs.
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Reaching Out In The Power of The Holy Spirit In Ireland

Those of us who are blessed by God understand the need to reach out in the power of the Holy Spirit to others. Here is an opportunity to play your part in bringing Christ to every county in Ireland.

This effort affords an opportunity to all seeking to serve the Gospel throughout Ireland and could be the beginning of a greater movement. We call on people with the gift of organisation, who can establish one venue and music ministry in their particular county for one evening. We pray we can reach all 32 counties during this time period between Oct-March.

We welcome voluntary musicians and singers who would like to give their time and talent to these outreaches within their own county for one evening between October 2018- and March 2019. ( Brendan Walsh ) www.churchgathered.com)
Once we have names and counties, we can begin communicating.
Please share this message as much as possible in your county, let's try to reach relative people in every county. Blessings.
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Worth listening to.

https://youtu.be/u1qvFxEnB3o

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IS RELIGION ENOUGH FOR CATHOLICS

Brendan Walsh B.Th

I guess we could call religion a system of belief or practice as a general description. However, such a generalisation often clouds the reality of the need for that real and personal relationship with Jesus.

The general belief for example in Catholicism: contains by way of its doctrines and sacraments great spiritual benefits. On the other hand, when we are satisfied to walk under the banner of 'religion' we are not defining the source of our love and motivation which is a real relationship with Jesus Christ.

In centuries past Catholic Saints went through years of ascetic practice to discover the intimacy of being close to Jesus and the Holy Trinity. The difference in this age is that now, it only takes the heart to turn to Jesus and ask Him to enter one's life to discover this same intimacy.

How wonderful to realise that as we turn and invite Jesus into our life sincerely from our heart in 2018, that not only does the Holy Spirit respond but in doing so raises us to the second level of spirituality. From there is only one level to go which is union with God.

Why has God's response quickened? The answer is simple "where evil abounds God grace more abounds" We live in an era of great confusion yet God has made a way, leading us to a personal relationship with Him, a way that brings healing, clarity as well as empowerment through the power of the Holy Spirit. Once touched by God's love we change and gain perspective on life and God purpose for each of us.

Who would not want that in our world today? Who would not give all they have for such security, joy and happiness. If a man or woman were to offer it, we would indeed be correct to be sceptical. Yet it is God. To ignore such an offer is to be indifferent to the fullness of life, hope, joy, faith as well as purpose. You would be selling yourself short.

Is it really this easy, well, yes it is. We are always searching in life, St Augustine himself said "Lord no heart can rest until it rests I thee" Life without a relationship with God can be lived, it cannot, however, be lived to the full.

You may agree or you may not. Should you wish to discover the beauty and healing that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus, then here is a simple but beautiful prayer that you might like to use to sincerely invite Jesus into your life.

The guarantee is, that after a time of reflection on your life, should you desire the best for yourself and conclude that Jesus can offer it to you, then, by all means, recite this prayer, however, you must be prepared to do so sincerely from your heart. Your life will begin to show greater meaning, your sense of purpose will increase, God may heal you and cire you illness, everything will change for the better.

Choosing to believe that Jesus is who he claimed to be—the Son of God and receiving him by faith as your Lord and Savior is the most vital act anyone will ever do. We want life. He is Life. We need cleansing. He is the Living Water.

Here is a simple prayer if you have not yet given your life to Jesus and invited him into yours:

PRAYER FOR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST:
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death to restore me to the Father. I ask you to forgive all my offences against your love and against my neighbour. With my free will, I forgive others who have offended me in my life.

I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you, Jesus. I give myself to you. I receive your mercy and forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior, Lord and King.

Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, your Holy Spirit and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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BEING SERIOUS ABOUT EVANGELISING IRELAND

Brendan Walsh B.Th
Have you noticed that our society today appears to be more in need of caring expressions through social action than ever before? It is not difficult to measure the character of government by the manner in which it cares for the most vulnerable in society.

Is it true that we get the kind of government we deserve? If so, does it reflect indifference in broader society? The last two referenda showed a great confusion between 'social justice' arising out of evangelisation and the mission of the Church and human rights.

How is it possible for Christians to deny two of God's commandments 4th and 5th, to further social justice or humanitarianism in Ireland ?

Christ and the Holy Spirit instituted the Church with an essential, social concern for people's temporal well-being alongside the mission of evangelising unto conversion, faith, and baptism. Pope Benedict reaffirmed this reality when he stated that Christianity began its social dimension shortly after Pentecost when the Apostles initiated a diaconal service to facilitate the distribution of bread to the widows. So care for the temporal well being of the followers of Christ accompanied evangelisation in the spirit of mission. Of course, this expression of care goes beyond just caring for Christians as the parable of the 'good samaritan' shows us. Nevertheless, it begins with Christians.

78% of Irish people in a recent poll stated that they were Catholic. Taking that this as being true. The percentage of Catholics who voted for 'same-sex' marriage and the 'repeal of the 8th amendment has to be high and further indicates a great confusion between what constitutes charity and justice from a Christian perspective as opposed to a purely humanitarian perspective.

I suggest that the Church in Ireland begin to place an original emphasis on 'evangelisation' as well as 'mission'. That not alone must the Gospel be preached again throughout Ireland, but the Church itself with its finance and resources play an active role in helping to address the social and economic needs of Catholics, by way of housing, medical care and other forms of services. Of course, the Church is 'the people of God', and in such a mission we are all asked to contribute in this process.

We must begin by realising that there is a distinction to be made between 'social charity' and 'social justice' In respect to 'evangelisation' and 'mission' we begin with 'social charity' with an emphasis on those committed to the Church who's well being may be threatened by circumstances. Needs, such as social housing, medical needs, distribution of food, Catholic education, family support.
Ireland is now in need of 'evangelisation'. The 'good news of the Gospel must again be preached through the power of the Holy Spirit. Such a movement requires a yes from our Bishops accompanied by a more significant commitment of resources.

1) Evangelisation, similar to the early Church movement after Pentecost.

2) Care for committed Catholics who are in need. Spiritually, physically, emotionally, psychologically and economically. Pope Benedict establishes social charity as the primary mode of social mission. Social charities under the sponsorship of the hierarchy

By contrast 'social justice' concerns the broader functions relating to a just society. It seeks to promote a societal condition in which all people, equal in dignity, enjoy proportionally equal access to participation in the social, economic, cultural, civil, and political life of society. Insofar as.changes are needed to bring this access about, commitment to social justice leads to advocacy for specific public policies, always a controversial matter.

Let's get our priorities right.
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