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21st May, 2019

athgarvan

HUSBANDS

Husbands: Give witness to the greatness of your wife.

You are the one person in her life who sees what she is truly worth, because you are the one person who dedicated your whole life to serving her.

She has her faults, yes, but she also has a unique beauty that only you have seen. Don’t tell people her faults. Tell them how great she is.

24th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

WHO SAYS IT'S WRONG TO KILL?

Musing on Good Friday!

Human beings kill anything. We are the most relentless yet oblivious killers of our own kind on earth. Violence exists in the animal world, of course, but on a far different scale.  Carnivores kill for food; we kill our family members, our children, our parents, our spouses, our brothers and sisters, our cousins and in-laws.  We kill strangers.  We kill people who are different from us, in appearance, beliefs, race, and social status.  We kill ourselves in suicide.  We kill for advantage and for revenge, we kill for entertainment.  According to recent film series we even kill aliens! Our primate ancestors, apparently, were exceptionally violent creatures.

Are the precepts of natural law universally binding by nature and universally knowable by nature? The fundamental principle of the natural law is that good is to be done and evil avoided. Is killing an evil? Who says so? Does Natural Law forbid the killing of other beings? Or is it society, in its own interest, who forbids such killing?  Or is it left to the individual, in one's own interest, to decide whether killing is right or wrong?

Who decided the executions scheduled for 2019 in the United States of America?

22nd Apr, 2019

athgarvan

CAN A SCIENTIST BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION?

Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, says: "I believe that Jesus was raised from the dead.  So do dozens of my colleagues". He says that one can approach the question of belief in the Resurrection in three ways.

We’re not talking about a literal resurrection: it is just an inspiring myth and celebrating a myth is not consistent with scientific integrity.

Millions of scientists worldwide think that a literal miracle like the resurrection of Jesus is possible. They are following a long tradition: many of the greatest scientists were serious Christian believers, e.g. Robert Boyle, James Clerk Maxwell, William Phillips, etc. How a scientist can be a Christian is actually quite simple. Science cannot and does not disprove the resurrection. Natural science describes the normal reproducible working of the world of nature. Miracles like the resurrection are inherently abnormal. It does not take modern science to tell us that humans don’t rise from the dead.

One was brainwashed as a child.  Ian Hutchinson did not grow up in a home where he was taught to believe in the resurrection. He came to faith in Jesus when he was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and was baptized in the chapel of Kings College on his 20th birthday! The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are as compelling to him now as then.

21st Apr, 2019

athgarvan

EASTER GREETINGS

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Happy Easter to all. May you find faith, hope and love in Christ Jesus.


20th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

A Land Without a Sunday

Some time ago in Ireland all businesses closed on Sundays; nowadays we have work even on Sundays. This year for the first time bars opened even on Good Friday!
I'm reminded of a story written in the 1950's by Maria Von Trapp ("Sound of Music"). Her family decided they would take a six-weeks trip in Russia by car. This was at the time when it was still possible to get a visa. At the border they were received by a special guide who watched their every step and did not leave them for a moment until he deposited them safely again at the border, but they still managed to get a good first-hand impression. Of all the things they had seen and observed, one experience had most deeply impressed them: Russia had done away with Sunday. This had shocked them even more than what they saw of Siberian concentration camps or of the misery and hardship in cities and country. The absence of Sunday seemed to be the root of all evil.
Instead of a Sunday, the Russians had a day off at certain intervals which varied in different parts of the country. People worked in shifts. As a result, the over-all impression the Trapps had was of incessant work, work, work. What they were missing most was not a well-cooked meal, or a hot bath, but a quiet, peaceful Sunday with church bells ringing and people resting after prayer.
In Ireland now even Easter Sundays have become work-days. How will  it all affect us as a society?

19th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

GOOD FRIDAY

[On this day, Good Friday, we remember the supreme sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ who willingly gave his life for us on the cross. We are thankful for the extent of his love for us and dwell on the pain he bore for us.]

A Prayer for the Sick
Lord Jesus, he whom you love is sick. Let it be to your glory and his satisfaction. You have restored so many sick to health. Even so extend your goodness to this sick person, and let him become well again. You are almighty and infinitely good. Speak but one word and he shall regain his health. But we know not always what is good for us; do you, therefore, what is pleasing to you. Only give to the sufferer patience, and to us true love for him, that with him we may, in this life, give thanks to you for hearing our prayers, and, in the life to come, may praise you forever in heaven. Amen.

18th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

POLLUTION

Hundreds of protesters are very active in London at the moment.
How many of them, I wonder, have driven their cars into the city!!

17th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

NOTRE DAME

BBC One's 'News at Ten' last night managed to get through the entire programme about Notre Dame, without a single mention of any of these words: Christian; Christianity; Catholic; worship; worshippers; sacred; Mass; Holy Week.

16th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

Message for Brad

Dear brad, Congrats and thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my reflections.

13th Apr, 2019

athgarvan

Do you like potatoes? How do you like them? Skin and all!

Especially since the terrible potato blight of the 1840's Ireland has been associated with potatoes. The Great Famine (An Drochshaol) was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by nearly 25%.

I love potatoes, especially in their skins. No matter how else they may be served, I must have boiled potatoes in their skins. However, I do not expect to pay the world for a potato. How much would you be prepared to pay for the photo of a potato?

Irish-born Kevin Abosch (b: 1969) has become the hottest photographer in town. In 2015, his photograph of a potato, "Potato #345", was sold to an unnamed businessman in Europe for a €1,000,000. This surely makes it one of the most expensive photographs in the world. The photo was taken in 2010.

It is said that Kevin likes potatoes because they, like people, are all different, yet are  immediately identifiable as being essentially of the same species. He said himself: "Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience
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