Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Ascension

Posted 16th May 2015 in Pastor's Desk

A warm welcome everyone as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven. How long after the resurrection it was when the ascension took place we do not know for sure as each Gospel treats it differently, but the effect was very real for the apostles. Jesus was now giving them a mission to continue and they would have to do it without His physical presence. However, they would not be left alone either because the Holy Spirit would be given to them after Jesus had left the apostles.

Marriage is important - reflect before you change it

The apostles had to learn to stand up for what they believed. The people of this State will be asked to do the same next Friday when we have the referendum on Marriage. We have had a long time to debate this question of changing the Constitutional understanding of Marriage to include same sex relationships. With all the political parties and all the national media outlets supporting the change, it can be hard to hear those advocating a NO vote. The Bishops have given us plenty to reflect on in their Meaning of Marriage newsletters. Do please take time to read them. Just some of the points they make are:

  • Married love is a unique form of love between a man and woman which has a special benefit for the whole of society.
  • Our understanding of marriage is deeply rooted in all cultures: it is not intended to exclude or disadvantage anyone.
  • To seek to re-define the nature of marriage would undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.
  • Marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin recently pointed out, “It is also true that no person exists who is not the fruit of a male and a female. Even if it were possible to clone a child, that child would still bear the genetic imprint of a male and a female. Genetic parentage is not irrelevant.” I personally will be voting NO next Friday on this important question for our society.

Fr Eoin

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