All Blog Posts Tagged 'Faith' (123)

New Assignment -- New Country -- And Not A Parade In Sight

I've managed to get myself to a country where there is no St. Patrick's Day Parade -- not even an Irish embassy, just an honorary consulate. I suspect March 17 will be a little quieter than I'm used to. 

I am alive and well and enjoying Amman -- and so…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 5, 2017 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

A Poem To Salute St. Brendan the Navigator.



Ships, Real and Imaginary

It’s a piece of rock with a wonderful beginning.

A cause for marvelling in a right of its own.

Formed deep in the magma of earth.

Mainly composed of…

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Added by Anna Kelly on January 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 6 Comments


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St. Brigid's Cross Special Offer For Wild Geese Members

We're celebrating St. Brigid's Day with a special offer for Wild Geese members on bronze St Brigid's Crosses made in Ireland, in time for world-wide shipping before 1st February 2017.

Order deadline for shipping in time for St. Brigid's Day (1st…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on January 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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Were Augustus Montague Toplady's Roots in County Wexford?

"Born at Farnham in Surrey in south-east England on 4th November 1740, Augustus Toplady was the son of Richard Toplady, a Royal Marines officer…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


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Blessed William Tirry: Priest & Martyr

In the centuries after Christianity came to Ireland, when the only Christian Church was the Roman Catholic Church, it thrived there. In the Dark Ages it was monks from Ireland, "the island of saints and scholars," studying in Ireland and then moving out around Europe…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 12, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

How The Nuns of Kylemore Abbey Saved My Father's Life

This story took place between 1920, when the Benedict Nuns arrived at Kylemore, and 1922, when the Black and Tans left Galway after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty in December 1921.

Patrick Carney, my father, was born in Cornamona, County Galway, in 1900. He was one of several…

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Added by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on April 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments


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Saint Patrick's Breastplate (Also Known as The Deer's Cry)

Photo of window at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, courtesy of George R. Doyle, 2014…

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Added by Liam Murphy on March 17, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

'The Wolf and the Shield' -- What Does Your Heart Hunt For?



“The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick” by Sherry Weaver Smith, reads like a heartwarming parable. Although it is ostensibly a children’s story, ideal for ages seven through twelve, this lovely book hit all the requisite high notes to hold my rapt attention: that it is set in…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

'The Wolf and the Shield': A Boy in 5th Century Ireland

I'm new to the Wild Geese flock so I thought I'd post about a few things. But the spirit of St. Patrick carries through all of them. 

The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick

For those of you who know children…

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Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on February 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Recalling the Inextinguishable Fire of Saint Brigid

On the first day of February, somewhere in Ireland, a ewe is born and peacefully nestles at…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on February 1, 2016 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were…

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Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

'Spotlight' The Movie: When Boston's Wall of Silence Crumpled

The film "Spotlight" was recently released, based on the true story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Boston Archdiocese’s willful coverup of child molestation and abuse. The reviews have been, like the movie itself, scattered.

This is, without a…

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Added by Sarah Nagle on December 21, 2015 at 7:00pm — 16 Comments

The Night Baby Jesus Was Absconded

In light of all the terrific Christmas-flavored postings lately, I've been prompted to share an excerpt from my historical novel "The Lockwoods of…

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Added by Mark Bois on December 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Christmas Time in Ireland

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MY FATHER'S TIME

In rural Ireland, the Christmas shopping started on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On that date, shops would decorate their windows with Christmas decorations and Christmas fare. I remember when I was young, a…

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Added by Brían Hoban on December 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Embracing a Scholar, a Storm and Sligo's Sacred Spaces

In October, we spent time traveling in Ireland via a tour from Wild West Irish Tours in October, a prize for winning last spring's "The Wild…

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Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on December 6, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments


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Spotlight on Father Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town

Edward Joseph Flanagan was born in 1886 in Leabeg, County Roscommon, to John and Honoria Flanagan, both fluent Irish speakers. He was the eighth child in a family of eleven children.

Pictured, above, a scene from the "Boys…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on November 7, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments


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Ireland's Holy Wells

Holy wells can be found all over Ireland -- and evoked in our minds, as well. As children, we would pick the daisies and buttercups, and place them by a well. Or, if we happened to be playing in someone’s garden, we would dig a well, and pour water into…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 15 Comments


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Monastic Round Tower & Offer for TheWildGeese.Irish Members

Born in the land of Saints and Scholars, our Irish monastic settlements are a very important part of our Irish heritage.

New in stock, this beautiful '…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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