Sunday, 29 July 2007

Annual Youth 2000 retreat in Knock 2007

This weekend was the weekend on the annual Youth retreat in Knock, organised by Youth 2000 and the Knock shrine.

I attended the Saturday and Sunday, and was amazed by the turnout of young adults in the age group 16-35! Truly amazing. Especially the Mass on Saturday left a deep impression on me! There was just so much Joy in the air! It is not that hard to have fun in life, but it doesn't last! There was shear Joy in the air, something you don't experience or find anywhere else that in the Church and with Jesus!

I will keep the post short and might add another one in the next few days.
Very busy moving as I will move home for the month of August and the last two weeks and the next few days are very busy because of everything that needs to be organised!

Monday, 23 July 2007

Weekend visitation with Legion of Mary

Last weekend was a weekend with a Legin of Mary project. There were with 10 young people in Ballymon in Dublin to visit the people house to house. It was a difficult but rewarding weekend! Reception was generaly very good although there were off course some serious rejections. We spoke at the masses.

The most difficult work was probably Sunday afternoon, as we had some old Irish downpoors... we broke off the work halfway and happened to meet some other legionaries and said two rosaries... the prayers did work extremely well, and we finished with a smile on our face.

Overall, it was a very rewarding weekend!
It is nice to do the work, but it does make you relise that there is a lot of work to be done. With a very low mass attendace, some people may despair, but going door to door makes you relise that there is a lot of faith left! The harvest is rich, but the labarours are few, so let us pray that there might be more labourest responding to the call to work in the vinyard (and not only religeous, but off all types of voactions in life!)

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Cleaning out...

I don't feel particular motivated to write anything this week but like to keep up my weekly posts! This week was very busy at work, and it was hard to keep all the balls in the air!

I have started to sort all my possessions in 3 groups: stuff that can go home, stuff that can go to the Dominicans and rubbish. The first cleaning round mainly identified the last category, hence two full bins... it is amazing how much one collects over the years! I am now at the point to decide what to bring home and what to keep in Ireland.

Next weekend will be interesting as I will be on an evegalisation weekend with the Legion of Mary in Ballymon (Dublin). There will be 10 of us making us available to do Gods work, and we appreciate any prayers we can get! We pray that we may touch the people who are looking to find God in their lives and may help them a bit on the way to happiness and the fullness of joy!

The next two weeks will be mainly preparation for moving all everything either to the Dominicans or home, changing my address to Limerick with the many organisations/governments one is connected with and get everything together to fly home the 1st of August for a months holiday...

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Interest in religion

The news is slowly spreading that I am going to start the novitiate coming September with the Dominican Order of Preachers in Ireland. Most people who would now know are at work, and friends/customers who are told that I am leaving.

The amazing thing however is that there is actually a deep desire of a lot of people to actually discuss religion. The worst response I have had so far is indifference! I must first of all confess, that although I love discussing religious aspects with people, I often fall short in actually opening the topic. However, with me leaving to join a religious order being the topic of conversation I discovered that a lot of people actually do like to discuss it, and have a lot of questions about religion. Admittedly though, and sad, it is not a topic that is discussed often.

I think there is a lot of ignorance around the Catholic faith, and most catholics might not actually know a lot about Catholicism, and the reason for a lot of teaching. Apart from that, it also means that in most cases they actually don't know the GOOD news of Christianity, and often more so the rules and regulations, which on itself they might not agree with.

I think there is a huge job of re-evangelising a society. It was mentioned while disusing this topic with a few colleagues and friends while having a quite pint that there is a lot of ignorance, and that a lot of the treasure of our faith is never heart. There is a big task for as well the clergy as the faithful to make sure that people hear the GOOD news...

Finally, the existing part is for me that I believe that there is a lot of soil for seeding the Word. The media in particular but also voices inside the church suggest that people are not interested anymore in religion, but there is still a lot of faith left in Ireland, and it might only require a little bit more poking to get through to it!

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Dominicans

The Dominican Order of Preachers had their interviews the past few days (Tuesday - Friday) in the priory in Tallagh.
I was one of the candidates to enter the noviciate coming September.

It were an enjoyable few days in which the candidates live with the community. There were multiple interviews, with the main interviews with the community members on Thursday. Though the interviews were very intensive and I felt very tired afterwards I must say that they were pleasant and all the members of the interview board (2 groups of 4) were very nice!
On Friday we got the results, and I was among two other candidates accepted by the order.

It has been an interesting journey and among a know I know what I will be doing in September a realisation that this decision will without doubt change the rest of my life!

Two days later now and I still have to get used to the reality.
The Gospel today mentioned that 'no one who looks back once the hand was layed on the plough is fit for the kingdom of God'. I don't dwell on this from the point of view that once one starts in the noviciate you have to become a religious but it is a reminder how serious Jesus saw the proclamation of the gospel and it makes me realise how much I have to learn before I will be fit to do so.

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